The candidate soldiers of “SIDLAK” class 544-2018 took their Oath of Volunteerism and Willingness to risk personal comfort and security to serve and protect the country and the people at the 6th Division Training School in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Sunday (November 18, 2018).
The 284 new soldiers are composed of six aspirants from the 4th Infantry Division that took their oath on 10 June 2018, one aspirant from the 54th Engineering Brigade, and 277 from the 6th Infantry Division.
Their class’ name was derived from the word “SIDLAK” which stands for “Sundalong Itinakdang Dadamay at Lalaban Alang-alang sa Kapayapaan” that served as a basis for the group’s strong camaraderie and compassion.
The graduates underwent rigorous trainings and engaged to different activities to include the Basic Military Training and War Fighting Competency which enhanced their skills for future missions.
Candidate Soldier Argyl Nena received the special award for obtaining the highest rating in the Basic Marksmanship with a general average of 100%, Candidate Soldier Jessel John Porras received the leadership award for demonstrating an outstanding attitude, military knowledge and exemplary military bearing in the class, and Candidate Soldier Alipio Duallo obtained the highest rating in the Physical Fitness Test.
Likewise, following Candidate Soldiers received the certificate of merit: CS Alipio Duallo for graduating number 3 with a general average of 94.10%, CS Regine Mae S. Viajar for graduating number 2 with a general average of 94.25%, and CS Edgar S. Cardoza Jr. for graduating number 1 with a general average of 94.46%.
Joint Task Force Central/6th Infantry ‘Kampilan’ Division Commander Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana, the Keynote Speaker during the graduation ceremony, congratulated the new soldiers for finishing their purposive training that taught them how to survive the challenges ahead of them in their military careers.
Major General Sobejana, urged the graduates to instil discipline and respect for authority all throughout their military life as these are essentially important in the life of a soldier, as he quote, “Soldiery is a noble profession for we have no capital except our lives.”
WestMinCom Chief Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega welcomed the newest members of the military here in the command’s Joint Areas of Operation and reminded them that to be successful in their chosen track, they must: “Always do the right things, and do the things right.”