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4th Army Training Group

The humble beginning of the 4th Army Training Group (4ATG) dates back on January 1, 1974 when it was established under the 4th Infantry Division in Zamboanga City. The unit was an extension school of the Philippine Army School Center (PASC) with headquarters at Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila. The mission of the 4ATG is to conduct career and specialization courses for Mindanao-based Army personnel in order to develop their knowledge, skills, and leadership potentials. In 1976, the school was transferred to Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City. However, on December 31,1983 the school was deactivated. All its documents, materials and equipment were turned over to 3ATG, 3rd Infantry Division, PA stationed at Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City. On November 16, 1988 the unit was reactivated pursuant to Sec I, GO No. 547. The school conducted career and specialization courses such as Advance Non-Commissioned Officer Course (ANCOC), Basic Non-Commisioned Officer Course (BNCOC) and Low Speed Radio Operations Course (LSROC). In 1990, under the leadership of Major Alexis G. Afdal, the first career course for junior officers, Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) CL 34-90 was conducted. In 2002, the school was transferred to TRADOC, PA pursuant to Sec II GO No. 335, HPA dated June 5, 2002. From Cebu, 4ATG was relocated to its present site at Camp Osito D. Bahian, Malaybalay City. In early 1989, the training group trained a total of 306 student officers and enlisted personnel of IOBC, ANCOC, BNCOC and LSROC. In 1990, there were 644 graduates from the career and specialization courses and 505 graduates the following year. Another 387 students graduated in 1992 and in 1993, three IOBC courses were completed. Through the years, the school responded to the training and educational needs of the different units of the Philippine Army nationwide. Most of the students enrolled every quarter are from Mindanao and Visayas-based units. It remains unhampered in dispensing of its duties and responsibilities toward the accomplishment of its unit mission until today.

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