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264 candidate soldiers in Mindanao graduate

Two-hundred sixty-four soldiers have completed their military training at the 6th Infantry Division Training School in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

They will be deployed to at least three Army divisions in Mindanao, the military said yesterday.

Trained under the Candidate Soldier Course “Siklab” Class 536-2018, the new set of soldiers will be deployed to the areas of operation of the 6th ID, 10th ID, and 4th ID.

Five will be deployed to Cagayan de Oro or the 4th ID while nine will be stationed in Mawab, Compostela Valley or the 10th ID. The other 250 new soldiers will be fielded in the 6th ID’s area of responsibility in Central Mindanao.

Capt. Arvin John Encinas, Army 6th ID spokesperson, said the new breed of soldiers underwent four months of training divided into three modules – Transformation, Basic Squad Training, and Application of Knowledge in accordance with the Army Transformation Roadmap.

In addition, Encinas said the latest batch of soldiers also underwent training on combat skills enhancement, explosive ordnance reconnaissance agent, disaster response and rescue, water search and rescue, and air to ground operations, among others.

Candidate Soldier Wenfer Parreno topped this batch’s graduates with a general average of 95 percent in academic and non-academic subjects. He was followed by CS Kelvin Clyde Regidor and CS Crislyn B. Monterde with 94.77 percent and 94.76 percent, respectively.

Col. Jovencio Gonzalez, chief of the division governance and strategy management office, reminded the new soldiers to share whatever they learned from their training to fellow soldiers in their new field assignments with good attitude, skills, and knowledge. “The more you sweat in training, the lesser you bleed in battle,” Gonzales added. (Francis T. Wakefield and PNA)