The Compostela Valley-based 10th Infantry Division announced that 189 of its candidate soldiers have successfully completed their training at its Division Training School in Camp General Manuel T. Yan Sr. in Barangay Tuburan, Mawab town Monday.
A native of Loreto Agusan Sel Sur, Mariano N. Gonzales Jr. topped the class, besting 96 other members of the “Maalab” or “Mandirigmang Agila Alay ay Lakas at Buhay.”
The class has an original regular quota of 97 candidate soldiers.
Seven were not able to survive the rigors of military training and discipline. They were replaced from the pool of reserved but qualified trainees.
On the other hand, Nicko John S. Manginsay of Tagum City topped the Candidate Soldier Course Class 370-2014 besting 91 others.
Their class name “Maligalig” which stands for “Mandirigmang Agila na Likas ang Galing,Iingatan ang Gawain Bilang Isang Kawal” has an original quota of 96 but four failed to pass the course.
The Candidate Soldier Course, cross-trained with Jungle Warfare Mountaineering Operation Course also includes training in humanitarian assistance and disaster response and peace and development outreach program orientation course.
10th Infantry Division commander Major Gen. Eduardo M. Año, the graduation’s keynote speaker, congratulated the new members of “Team Agila” as well as their families and relatives.
In his message Año, reminded that “soldiers are not only required to possess a high degree of military skills but also willingness to make personal sacrifices, lots of personal sacrifices to provide the most combat capability and the maximum service possible for the tax paid by our people.” PNA