The 7ID said departure ceremonies are slated for the fielding of the 120 privates to the 71st, 84th and 69th Infantry Battalions respectively based in Pangibiran, Mabini, Compostela Valley; Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City; and Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
The 120 were among the 280 soldiers who graduated from a course that gave them the rank of private at the headquarters of the 7ID in Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija. Of the 120, 41 are from Mindanao, 79 from Luzon and 10 from the Visayas, the 7ID said.
It also said that families, friends and military superiors of the 120 privates are expected to attend departure ceremonies for them later this week.
The 7ID said that more are being trained so that infantry battalions throughout the country could be augmented by at least 40 soldiers each as part of the move to strengthen them.
“The 120 privates will be transported by C-130 from Villamor Air Base to Davao City after the departure ceremony,” the 7ID said.
In his message to the 120 privates, 7ID commander Maj. Gen. Glorioso Miranda said “soldiery is a noble profession so each soldier should be prepared to be assigned to the different parts of the Philippines in serving the people and securing the land.”
He also noted the importance of the support of families, relatives and other loved ones to the soldiers, “especially those assigned to Mindanao.”