AT LEAST 1,920 soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division received an early Christmas present when they were recently promoted to the next higher rank. With the promotion came an increase in pay and allowances.
Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, 3rd ID (Spearhead) commander, said the newly promoted soldiers — 940 Corporals, 580 Sergeants, 293 Staff Sergeants, 57 Technical Sergeants and 50 Master Sergeants — have satisfied the requirements set by the Philippine Army’s Promotion System.
Guerrero, who led the pinning of ranks ceremony held at Camp Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz, congratulated the soldiers even as he exhorted them to remain professional and faithful to their sworn duty.
Field units under 3ID are also scheduled to conduct the same, a symbol of the rich military custom and tradition where officers and non-commissioned officers pin new collar chevrons on the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) of the promoted soldiers as the promotion orders are being read in front of a military formation.
According to Maj. Ray Tiongson, chief of the 3rd ID’s Public Affairs Office, the candidates were selected based on their individual evaluation record that gauged the soldiers’ competency and reputation in the service.
Other requirements that were satisfied include required minimum number of years in one’s current rank, passing grade on a competitive promotional examination, completion of a career military occupational specialty course, Physical and Neurological-Psychological examination and Physical Fitness Test.
Promotion of a soldier who is carefully selected is based largely on his or her character, competence and capacity to perform an assigned mission and task.
The Army, believing in the experience and wisdom of the newly promoted enlisted personnel, has confidence that these promotions shall contribute to the fulfillment of the Army’s vision and mission.