CAMP GEN. MATEO CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal – The Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry “Jungle Fighter” Division (2ID) has recognized 246 candidate soldiers during their Recognition Day and Open Collar ceremony for the Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) Classes 562 and 563 – 2018 at the Viewing Deck of the 2nd Division Training School (2DTS) here.
The 246 candidate soldiers, 241 of whom are males and five females, satisfactorily completed the 2nd Module of Basic Military Training.
Under the military tradition, the “open collar,” or reception rites, is one of the significant traditions and rituals of the Philippine Army as sign of recognition of the candidate soldiers’ sacrifices, determination and transformation from being a civilian into a soldier.
Keynote speaker, Major General Rhoderick M. Parayno, 2ID commander, expressed his felicitations to the trainees, their parents, relatives, friends and the training staffs who served as instruments in molding the trainees into becoming gallant soldiers.
He said the ceremony symbolized the end of some restrictions and difficulties that only a candidate soldier could experience in a military training school.
“Magsisilbi itong isang panibagong hamon o pagsubok na siyang susukat ng antas ng inyong disiplina at pag-uugali hanggang sa makarating kayo sa araw ng inyong pagtatapos (this would serve as a new challenge or test to measure your level of discipline and behavior until your reach your graduation day),” Parayno said. (Saul Pa-a/PNA)