AFP to recruit 14,000 new soldiers

PHILIPPINES — In line with the intensified campaign of the government to fight terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf and the New People’s Army (NPA), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is in need of additional manpower reaching up to 13,910 new soldiers this year.

They will also fill in vacant positions in the infantry, artillery units, engineering, communication, logistics and administrative functions of the Philippine Army.

“It’s just a fill up as I’ve said. It will make our job easier for the meantime because it’s economy of scale. Because if five soldiers are fighting, when in fact there should be 10, they would have to double their efforts,” said Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda, commanding general of the Philippine Army.

Candidate soldiers will receive a monthly income of P16,852, while those enlisted as new private soldiers will receive a monthly salary of P23,204.

The amount is apart from allowances and benefits they will get.

The Philippine Army also prioritizes the recruitment of Military Science graduates, those with Advance Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) course, college graduates who were able to finish 72 units in college, high school graduates with technical and vocational skills which are needed in the Philippine Army.

The applicants may go to the army recruitment centers at Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila, Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City and Camp Evangelista in Cagayan De Oro.

They should bring identification cards, NBI clearance and other required documents.

For other information regarding recruitment, applicants may visit the Philippine Army website www.army.mil.ph. — Bryan de Paz | UNTV News and Rescue

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