PMA lowers height limit for prospective entrants

July 10, 2012 10:29 pm 

MANILA, July 10 – To encourage more Filipino youths to join the military service, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) said on Tuesday that it is lowering the height requirement for interested cadet applicants.

Maj. Gen. Nonato Alfredo Peralta, PMA superintendent, told a press briefing at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, that they are now accepting interested applicants with a minimum height of five feet for both male and female entrants.

"The lowering of the height requirement from five feet, four inches for male and five feet, two inches for female is expected to bring about an increase in the number of applicants," he said.

According to Peralta, the changes in the minimum height requirement came about when it was observed during the conduct of limited physical examination in different test centers that many applicants were denied the chance to go through the first phase of the selection process, solely for the reason of not meeting the height requirement.

"With the previous height requirement, many Filipino youth, who have the good educational background and are physically fit, are disenfranchised from the opportunity of being able to take the entrance examination," he said.

Peralta noted that with the adjustment made in the height requirement, the PMA, the country's premier military training institution, will be increasing its talent pool.

As this developed, Peralta said that the PMA is making a firm stand against hazing and maltreatment, stressing that such practices are not tolerated.

"The PMA is aggressively implementing a 'No-Maltreatment Policy' among its cadets. PMA adheres to the respect of human rights, and observance of the principles of international human law and rule of law," he said.

The PMA Cadetship Application form will be distributed nationwide and it can also be downloaded from the PMA official website, http://www.pma.ph.

Examinees must be natural born Filipino citizen, physically fit, single and never been married; must be at least 17 years old but not a day older than 22 years on April 1 of the year following the date of examination; and a high school graduate.

All interested and qualified applicants must complete the information in the application form and subsequently attach two copies of 2×2 ID picture, authenticated or National Statistic Office copy of birth certificate, and a certified true copy of High School Form 137.

The form filled shall be mailed back with data to the Office of Cadet Admission, PMA, Fort Del Pilar 2602, Baguio City, not later than two weeks before the scheduled examination date which is on Aug. 26.

PMA entrance tests will be held in 37 testing centers nationwide.

The entrance examination covers algebra and geometry, grammar and composition, reading comprehension, verbal and numerical reasoning and pattern analysis.

Examination permits are sent through mail to the address reflected by the applicants in their application form and also can be verified at the venue during the examination.

All cadets of PMA are granted full scholarship receiving salary and allowances while studying for four years earning a degree of bachelor of science and a chance to study abroad after graduation.

Also after graduation from the academy, cadets are directly commissioned as regular officers in the AFP, joining any of the three branches of service of their choice — the Army, the Navy, or the Air Force.

Meanwhile, Peralta said that members of the third sex are allowed to enter the PMA, provided they pass all the requirements, as long they follow the code of conduct being imposed on all entrants.

This means that they are not allowed to cross-dress and make advances to their fellow cadets, he said. (PNA)

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