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By JM Agreda
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City -- Some 346 new cadets from all over the country are able to join the Philippine Military Academy Class 2018 Reception Rites Tuesday morning.
PMA spokesperson Major Agnes Lynette Flores said the plebes composed of 252 males and 93 females will undergo one of the toughest trainings in the academy after their April 1 reception rites at the Borromeo Field.
Flores said the class also includes one Thai national as PMA continues to accept international students every year.
The PMA spokesperson added the 346 new cadets underwent a selection process involving a complete medical, psychological and physical examination at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center to determine their fitness for the academy.
Despite the controversial dismissal of Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia and the negative sentiments against PMA in various social media sites, the number of those joining the country’s premier military institution remain stable every year and continues to grow, the PMA added.
The 1,450 examinees who passed the qualifying exams last year are just a handful of the 12,195 applicants who filed their applications. Of the 12,195 applicants last year only 11,978 were able to complete the initial qualifying test conducted in 37 testing centers nationwide.
The new cadets will have to undergo intensive military training in the next few months prior to a Recognition Rites to be conducted more than a month from their reception.
Considered as one of the most symbolic and important events in a life of a cadet, Recognition Rites allows the lowest members of the Cadet Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be “at ease” after being recognized by their upperclassmen through a handshake extended to them during the ceremony. It is also during the Recognition Rites when cadets choose the official name of their class.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 03, 2014.