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3rd wave of candidate soldiers specializes in jungle warfare

Catbalogan City (28 June) -- The 200 young blooded applicants for the candidates soldier course will specialize in Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operation Course.

This was contained in a press release penned by Jeffrex Molina of the 8th Infantry Division (8th ID).

The 8th ID welcomed the candidate soldiers in the traditional military reception at Camp Downes, Ormoc City, yesterday.

The newly opened batch of candidates is part of the 600 quota allocated by the Philippine Army to 8th ID to complement both operational and administrative requirements of the command in terms of personnel.

It will be recalled that 200 candidates for the first batch started training in May 12 and is still undergoing their basic military training at Camp Lukban in Catbalogan City while another 150 candidates started in were opened last June 16 are now in Camp Daza, Hinabangan, Samar also for their basic training.

This latest batch will undergo their basic training in Camp Downes, Ormoc until they graduate.

The 8th ID's Chief, Major General Arthur Tabaquero served as speaker.

He told the candidate soldiers that taking their oath means being separated from their families that they have to overcome it along with the tough and rigid training.

"As your training goes on, you will be honed and developed into disciplined, determined, courageous, mentally sharpened and loyal soldiers of our nation", General Tabaquero told the incoming soldiers.

"May you value the opportunity of being one of the chosen out of the thousands who keep on dreaming to join the ranks of the living heroes", the good general adds.

"Rest assured that you will be trained professionally by our professional trainers and instructors to the best of their capabilities", vowed Tabaquero.

Despite the distance from Camp Lukban, the top military officials and enlisted personnel of the command went over to Ormoc to support the incoming soldiers of the region.

The trainees will undergo 13 weeks of rigid military training before they undergo the 45- day Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operation Course (JWMOC) as their specialization phase. (PIA Samar/AFR/JGM 8th ID) [top]

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