101 cadets quit in 2 days of police academy drills


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.


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  1. Definitely these applicants wasted a very good opportunity–free education and sure job as a commissioned police inspector after graduation. They should have set their minds already to the fact that they would not be going on a picnic. The Academy is not a usual care-free instituion. The Academy molds future leaders who will be imbued with courage, discipline and honor (although some graduates chose the crooked path, but the PNPA alumni disowns them). Training not only comprises academics (criminalistics), but also tactics (ground and sea) and leadersip training. The curriculum is not exactly the same with those being offered by civilian criminology colleges. In PNPA and in PMA, you will be trained to have stability under pressure–if you can not have that, then you are not fit to lead because you will be putting the lives of your men in danger. The PNPA and the PMA are institutions that separate the “men from the boys.” While the applicants had all the freedom to decide for themselves,quitting from that point where they were not even half way of the battle connotes that when they become much older and go to face the real world, a pinch of hardship for them will already be a reason for them to quit–until quitting becomes a habit. To those applicants who chose to remain and hurdle the challenges–keep it up. As a former PNPA cadet, we used to internalize the poem “Don’t Quit”. The last part is most meaningful to me:

    “……..Success is failure turned inside out
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far;
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
    It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!”