Tabuk City, Kalinga – Some 19 soldiers from Kalinga province braved one of toughest specialization training offered by the Philippine Army to become elite Scout Rangers.
The 19 Kalinga warriors are part of the 164 members of the Scout Ranger Course Class 218-22 who received their “Tabak” Badge (Scout Ranger Qualification Badge) during their graduation Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Camp Tecson, San Miguel, Bulacan.
Of the graduates from the province, three are enlisted PNP personnel, 15 are army enlisted personnel, while one is a military officer, says the Scout Ranger Alumni Association - Kalinga Chapter.
The new scout rangers underwent a 10-month training aimed at developing personnel capability, cohesiveness and combat efficiency. The course requires strength, speed and mental toughness, specializing on jungle warfare, close quarter combat, urban warfare and counter-terrorism operations.
Known for their moniker “Musang,” the scout rangers notably engage on the battlefield such as the ongoing communist insurgency, the 2013 Zamboanga siege, the 2017 Marawi crisis, among others.
As rangers, the new graduates were challenged by the 1001st Infantry brigade commander, Brig. Gen. Jesus P. Durante III to prove their skill, stamina and spirit by the time they go back to the field. They were likewise expected to deliver the combat excellence and discipline they gained from their training.
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