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17 new Kalinga soldiers graduates from Candidate Soldier Course, now to serve the military

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Seventeen new soldiers from Kalinga are set to join the military and be one of the uniformed personnel tasked to protect the people and defend the country.


The 17 graduated from their Candidate Soldier Course Class at the 5th Infantry Division Training School in Gamu, Isabela on Friday, December 15, 2023. They are part of the 125 members of the Candidate Soldier Course Class 761-2023.


For said batch, Kalinga composed the third largest number of graduates, following Cagayan with 19 new soldiers, and Isabela with 29.


The graduation ceremony was attended by Governor Elias Bulut Jr., one of the leaders who introduced various initiatives to end insurgency like the army recruitment program in Apayao.


Talking to the media, Bulut encouraged the youth to join the army, citing the benefits they could get should they want to enter the service.


 “Ine-encourage natin especially yung mga kabataan. Alam naman po natin ngayon na maraming graduates tayo na walang ginagawa, so instead na mapasok kung saan saan ma-influence pa ng makakaliwa na against sa gobyerno natin, mas magandang magsundalo na lang sila,” he said.


Bulut likewise underscored the ripple effects of military employment, in which soldiers become beacons of hope to their families providing for basic needs as well as inspiration to uplift their economic conditions.

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