A total of 73 newly-graduated second lieutenants were formally deployed to various Philippine Army (PA) units nationwide on Wednesday.
“Your position holds high expectations and great responsibilities, as you will lead our soldiers in development support and security operations,” Army commander, Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, said during the send-off ceremony of Class 51-2018, held at the PA Officers Club House in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
According to a statement made by PA spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala on Friday, the new officers each received a Glock 17 pistol, as symbol of their role as vanguards of security, peace, and progress in the country.
Before their appointment and commissioning, they took the Officer Candidate Course last December 2017 and after a year of rigorous training, they underwent the 45-day Scout Ranger Orientation Course, the Common Module Phase, and the recently-concluded Service Orientation.
“I also advise you to maintain your integrity, as it entails discipline and utmost loyalty to duty and service. You have entered this profession with work realities that will, at times, test your morals, but always look back to our core values of Honor, Patriotism, and Duty,” Alberto added. (PNA)