900 male candidate soldiers commence 2nd cycle Basic Military Training

A total of 900 new male recruits, who are part of the second cycle training for candidate soldiers, began their Basic Military Training during the opening ceremony for Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) Class 793-2024 at the Makabulos Grandstand, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac on May 16, 2024.
“Tandaan niyo na ang ginawa niyong panunumpa para maging bahagi ng Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas ay pagsuko ng inyong kabataan upang tahakin ang landas ng serbisyo at paglilingkod sa bayan,” TRADOC Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Danilo D. Benavides told the 900 recruits in his keynote message. The four-month CSC, which is facilitated by the School for Candidate Soldier, will mold the trainees into capable, committed and competent infantrymen of the Philippine Army.
It can be noted that the Philippine Army is implementing for the first time the Centralized Recruitment Program for candidate soldiers which is designed to recruit capable and qualified applicants in a systematic and efficient manner. The Centralized Recruitment enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of the recruitment process to ensure that the best and most qualified candidates are selected in accordance with the needs and required competencies of the Army.
Photos by Pfc Divino S. Lozano, OACPA