50 prospective members of Army technical service unit visit PA headquarters

February 27, 2014 9:47 am 

MANILA, Feb. 26 — Fifty prospective members of the Technical and Administrative Service Pre-Entry Officer Training Class 15-2013 visited the Philippine Army (PA) headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Wednesday.

These graduating students were received by Army vice commander Major Gen. Romulo M. Cabantac Jr.

The class, which is composed of lawyers, medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians, nurses, professors, and priests, is set to graduate on March 11 at the Officer Candidate School, Training and Doctrine Command, Camp O'Donnell, Capas, Tarlac.

Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, PA spokesperson, said that these individuals opted to join the military service as part of the technical and administrative staff of the Armed Forces.

Out of the 50, 12 belong to the Medical Corps, three to the Chaplain Services, six to the Judge Advocate General, 18 to the Nurse Corps, seven to the Dental Corps, three to the Veterinary Services, and one to the Corps of Professors.

Detoyato added that the information briefing regarding PA enabled the students to understand better the Army organization; while the open forum provided them with a more in-depth appreciation of the military and the tasks that they will be doing upon their commissionship.

Cabantac stressed that female officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will have the same rights as that of their male counterparts, and that they are regarded equally, after noting that there is a large percentage of female probationary second lieutenants in this particular class, with 20 of them.

He also advised the group to always remember the basic rules, which is to follow orders and ask permission.

Upon graduation, the probationary second lieutenants will be assigned in the different major services of the AFP.

Also present during the activity were Staff Officers of the PA, as well the Army Chief Surgeon, Army Chief Nurse, Army Chief Dental Surgeon, the Commanding Officer of the Army General Hospital, and the Army Judge Advocate. (PNA)

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