Army recruiting almost 14,000 new troops

Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2017 05:11 PM | Updated as of Mar 01 2017 08:13 PM

Fresh from graduation, a soldier helps a fellow soldier board an army truck in Camp Evangelista that will take them to their new postings in Northern Mindanao on january14, 2017. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News

The Philippine Army is now opening its doors to thousands of Filipinos who may want to join its ranks.

The Army is opening 13,910 new slots to fill up vacant positions in various units across the country.

These slots are open to any natural born Filipino citizen, 18-23 years old on the date of their appointment, at least 5 feet in height, single and without child, and of good moral character. 

They must also pass the Philippine Army Aptitude Test Battery or Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test, pass the pre-qualifying physical fitness test and physical medical exam, and lastly, must be physically and mentally fit for military training.

Most of the recruits will go to infantry, cavalry, and artillery units. Others will go to engineering, communication, logistics, and administration.

Ten percent of the total number of recruits is allocated for women, while 5% are from indigenous peoples.

349 of the 13,910 new recruits will be officers (2nd lieutenants). 

The slots of the 8,892 will stem from the special quota approved by President Duterte. 1,069 will go to the newly organized 54th Engineering Brigade, while 3,600 new soldiers will fill up the annual quota replacement of the Army.

Trainees or candidate soldiers will receive a gross income of P16,852. Once enlisted, the new Private will receive a starting gross income of P23,204 plus benefits.

Application is open to all who fulfill the minimum requirements, but priority will be given to applicants with these qualifications, in the following order:

- graduates of Military Science 43 and Advance ROTC
- college graduates
- those with 72 units and up in college
- high school graduates but possess technical and vocational skills needed by the Army

When asked whether these slots will also be open to surrenderers or former members of the New People's Army, Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda, Commanding General of the Philippine Army, said anyone who volunteers will be allowed to undergo the application process, as long as they fulfill the requirements.