They couldn’t shape up—they shipped out. Of the 363 applicants for the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) batch 2017, 101 couldn’t go through the prescribed daily dozen drills. The drills called for stamina, flexibility and strength to carry one’s own body weight. In a mere two days of such physical regimen, they were gasping for breath like beached whales.
So they packed their bags, called it quits.
Sr. Insp. Gretchen Cinco, acting spokesman of the Police Regional Office 11 in Davao City, described the quitting of 101 PNPA cadets a waste of time that deprived other hopefuls to enter the police academy.
Cinco said that the quitters, who were selected through screening and evaluation process, deprived other applicants of the chance of entering the academy. Cinco, a PNPA graduate of Batch 2007, said that PNPA training should be expected as rigid and tough.
These 101 PNPA cadets who quit were part of the 363 applicants for the PNPA Class 2017.
Initially, it was learned that 41 out of the said 101 “quitters” voluntarily quit two days after the ongoing pre-cadetship orientation, therefore quitting the series of tough physical exercises that include the “Army Dozen” as soon as students enter the academy.
The rest of the 101 students followed in the next days, bringing the remaining members to 262 for the PNPA class of 2017 composed of 220 males and 42 females.
The remaining cadets will continue to endure another 24-day training in part of their 45-day initial training program.
The 101 students who quit are barred from future reappointment and/or readmission as a cadet, as stated in a memorandum issued by PNPA director Chief Supt. Noel Constantino.
Cinco added that, applicants must prepare themselves physically, mentally and emotionally months before entering the academy.