The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division is deploying soon 254 new soldiers to its infantry units stationed in Western and Central Visayas.
Capt. CenonPancito III, spokesperson of the 3ID, said the 254 neophyte soldiers completed the three-month Candidate Soldier Course and Jungle Warfare Mountain Operation Course facilitated by 3rd Division Training School on Nov. 15.
Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms to the new soldiers, who were all enlisted in the rank of Private.
Brig. Gen. Eric Vinoya, newly-installed 3ID commander, congratulated the newly-enlisted soldiers for passing and finishing the meticulous selection process and rigid training.
Vinoya reminded the new Army privates to avoid activities that could discredit them as soldiers and could taint the military organization.
“Always adhere to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism as you perform your duty to the people and country,” he stressed.
Vinoya said he is optimistic that the additional homegrown soldiers of the 3ID will boost the peace effort of the government to end decades-long local communist armed conflict in Central and Western Visayas.
Degamo, who was the guest of honor and speaker, also reminded the newly enlisted soldiers to be faithful to their sworn duty.
“The firearms entrusted to you, and your certificate of completion are commissioned to bring effective service to our country. Don’t use them in doing abusive acts and in harming your people,” Degamo emphasized.
Degamo also told the new soldiers to always respect human rights and the rule of law always follow the lawful orders of their commanders and leaders; be loyal to their loved ones and family, and most of all keep their faith in God intactin all of their future engagements.
Vinoya also awarded Degamo a plaque of appreciation for his support to the 3ID campaign in Negros Oriental.*
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