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New Cadet Reception Rites Of The Philippine Military Academy Class Mabalasik

New Cadet Reception Rites Of The Philippine Military Academy Class Mabalasik


April one is said to be a fool’s day for most people “Five counts…” “Four” “Three” “Two… You’re parents are still here. They can take you home if you want” “One” “Take charge” On this day 350 young men and women gave up their social lives for a more serious, tougher and life-changing mission The reception rites is part of the new cadet training It is always done during April 1st of each year During the reception rites, they will be given a series of physical exercises They will shout at them So, during the reception rites This is the time that their spirits will be broken This will determine if they are willing to continue the training Traditionally The first day of April is reserved for the reception for new PMA cadets Part of the selection process already means serious business This year During the 2014 PMA entrance examination 18,188 filed for application And out of that 18,188 who applied for the entrance examination Only 11,811 undertook the exam And out of that number Only 1,189 passed the exam After that, they went through a complete physical examination To determine the readiness of their body Medically and physically 874 took the physical exam And out of that 874, only 350 are here to be new cadets Families too have their own formation As they gave utmost support to their children “We already gave you a chance to be with them..” “After we have talked to them…” “We won’t let them stay with you anymore…” It’s goodbye friends and families for now We need to be separated from our families That is the hardest part our training, in my opinion It’s also goodbye to long and shiny hair As an exchange for military training uniforms I took the exam on August 2013 At that time, I was only 16 years old I was a walk-in applicant. I was carrying my forms and I processed it there On July 2014, I received my order to report to V. Luna for CPE which is another process of selection To filter out those who are physically, mentally and other variations that we need to be in “After this, we will clean up a bit and we will leave.” At the strike of midnight All 350 applicants who rocked the PMA tests boarded the bus And rolled to Fort Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio city It could be a well earned privilege trip indeed But please be reminded that this is only the beginning of a long journey The batting average for people who finish the course Sad to say, but is 50% only But we are hopeful that this year will be a good one We hope that everyone will finish by 2019 It’s the break of a new day here in Baguio City New life awaits the new batch of PMA cadets As they enter the gate of their new home, The words loyalty, integrity and trust greeted them with a smile These traits should flow in their veins If they want to live and stay here for 4 years Our training inside the academy focuses on the individual We test their intelligence, we test their academics We test the physical and especially the character Which, I think, is the most precious thing the academy can provide the individual Everything will be well provided so they concentrate on the training One aspires for cadetship in the PMA because they want to serve the country first of all This institution gives a free 4 year education And while you are studying here You will receive a monthly salary which you will use during your training For me, if I don’t grab the opportunity to study in the PMA I won’t be able to graduate college due to financial reasons So, I grabbed the opportunity to have a general education But nothing comes easy A cadet must abide with the strict rules and regulations The expectation for the new batch of trainee cadets, most of all, is to graduate from the original class Of course, they are paid to study So, they must study well They should finish their 4 year stay here in the academy Training begins here At the grounds of Fort Gregorio Del Pilar An unwritten warning knocked on their hearts Don’t expect a warm welcome One of the cadets whose heart was pounding that day was Joshua, a proud igorot In his hometown, the locals have the highest respect for PMA’ers And this inspired him to try out for the 2015 PMA exams It’s a great feeling to be part of the 350 cadets out of the 20,000 that tried I am proud of myself and I know that I can do this I am the first in my family to be a cadet During family occassion and family gatherings They always say that their son will be a cadet With determination and pride He is willing to expect the unexpected in the PMA reception Whenever we see the cadets on break outside the campus People admire them and look up to them It inspires me that someday, people will also look up to me and admire me “This will be the start, so I will give you 5 counts…” “If any of you wish to resign, now is the time.” After the ceremony comes the much awaited handover “5 counts. 5” It’s for the real deal “2… You’re parents are still here. They can take you home if you want.” “1… Second classmen, take charge.” Command officers rush towards the new recruits Okay cadets! Let’s get ready to rumble Up next Training 350 young men and women stood still Baked under the scorching heat The first day of military training marked the beginning of what could be a challenging life inside PMA “Take charge” If you’re used to civilian life As soon as you get here, you will screamed at They will make you do all sorts of physical exercises that you haven’t experienced outside PMA So, it will really shock you Rules are set And each and everyone should follow without questioning This pre-cadetship training is a 4-day orientation Given to the new cadets So they will be inculcated or oriented with the rules and regulations of the cadet corps Before they are formally received on April 1 I have a funny experience during my reception rites When I saw our upperclassmen running towards us The person beside me was pulling on me. He was telling me that we should run away But, eventually, the upperclassman caught up And had us to do exercises The main point is to develop discipline and obedience the hard way After 3 years, I can say that the training in PMA is systematic and progressive It is systematic because everything here has an order Everything has been studied Every upperclass has gone through it And progressive because we didn’t start with the difficult training We started with the basics, with the easy repetitions first We started with what we can manage; with what we can do as a civilian Then through the efforts of our upperclassmen and our officers We continue to grow and change So we can do the things we couldn’t as a civilian Once the training starts, giving up should never be an option “Don’t give up!” Some people quit during the reception rites Some of them volunteer to quit and resign We talk to them first before if they really want to give up They might just feel shocked We will council them first We will give them due process And have them reconsider their decision to quit Because they’re slot will go to waste if they do It is also hard to find a new recruit Cadet Lei is another determined recruit aspiring to serve the country Of course, I am proud and happy of myself Because, out of all the people who aspired Out of all the youth who fell in line to be in the PMA I am one of the lucky ones who got into the 350 quota of the PMA Her sister is also a PMA graduate The enormous discipline her sister acquired from the training Inspired the young Lei to march the same path My sister, being the eldest, already possesses the quality of being a leader But when she entered PMA, her qualities of being a leader improved My sister’s whole personality improved Each one of them should develop a never-say-die attitude I kept repeating in my head what my goals were when I joined My goals were to graduate whatever may happen Because I am confident that they will not abandon me I know that they will not ask me to do things that I cannot do They dreamt and they believed And that’s the core reason why these young men and women are now gathered here For us cadets, there comes a point in our training When we want to quit, but… But we always think about our goals and why we joined in the first place Then suddenly, we realize that we can do this And we don’t need to quit Giving up is the last option My personal goal is to help my family Since we are not well-off My family doesn’t earn that much My mom is only an elementary school teacher And my dad can’t find work I need to give back because my parents gave their best so that we could have an education And to fulfill our needs So, when I graduate, I will help my parents I will provide for everything they need How they will live and embody the core values of PMA And surpass the training up to graduation is another battle Aside from the physical body And the academic standing The biggest factor is your passion Because, even if just a small percentage of you doesn’t want to enter the PMA You will be able to enter the PMA You need to give it your all to enter the PMA Because you should never have any doubts You should never entertain thoughts like, “I don’t think I can do this…” You should always think positive things like, “I can do this. I can get through this.” Those are the things that are in my heart I have to give it my all, give it my best Because I can only control myself If I can show everyone in the PMA that I can do anything That I can give it my all That is the improvement that I can give to the PMA: giving it my everything


Reader Comments

  1. That's one of my dreams dati… Cguro nga not for me talaga to be a soldier.. Praying for all of you from Father nathaniel, soldier of God. God bless u all. U r an inspiration for us.

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  3. Pag naging opisyal na mangungurakot naπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Kalokohan yang training nyoπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  4. Totoo ba kapag nakapasa sa PMA o PNPA maka pili ka kung saan ka pwede pumasok..kung sa Scout Ranger, Airborne, Green beret , at Delta???

  5. WALA YAN PAG MAGING OFFICER YAYABANG MINAMALIIT ANG SUNDALO MASYADO MATAAS ANG EGO OK SANA POWERFUL COUNTRY TAYO DI NAMAN PURO LANG HAMBOG TAYO

  6. sana ung mga npa n walang magawa sa buhay un ung isugod sa mindanao at lumaban sa mga terorista mapang abuso mga ibang lahi pa ung iba

  7. Wala talaga ako masabi sa training nila kasi sobrang higpit at pang world class. Nakakayamot lang isipin dahil kulang yung equipment ng Pinas o mahina ang sandatahang lakas ng bansa.

  8. Isang taon nalang si Kuya kong si KrisJohn papasok na sa Pma Proud na proud ako Para sa Kuya ko! Salut po. Kapatid gnong si John ly

  9. I am Determined to be a cadet and to serve our country, I hope that ill pass the exam and graduate from this academy .

  10. Hindi ren maganda pumasok sa pma, kasi isipin mo nalang yung mga nakapasok jan na nanilbehan na senador…, daming bugok.., andon na tayo sa diceplina, oki, piro ang ugali, kita mo nmn, kaya nilang mangurap sa pera ng bayan, asan ang sinumpaan nyo…dapat nga yan tanggalin yan eh, sayang lang ang pundo ng goverment jan.. hehehe mataas ba tingin sa inyo dahil nakapasok kayo jan….diceplena lang ang lamang nyo samin…, kasi libre ang paaralan nyo, kaso dadaanim mo nman ang malupit na trianing jan hehehehee…..pagdating nmn sa trabaho….pariho lang nmn ang karunungan, magaling lang sa theory, sa actual nga nga…na….hehehehe.., dami ko na nakasama sa trabaho, jan galing actual nga..nga…talaga…hehehehe

  11. Yung mga di suswertihin sa PMA.. At gusto talagang maging officer sa AFP Dont you guys worry, may ibang paraan para ma commission sa afp andyan ang OPC nd OCS….Finish your college earn a professional degree and apply for a commission thru the reserve command….nd apply later for CAD….

  12. Nainterview pa pla dto c lt. Karen cunanan nkakalungkot lng nkagrad nga sya sa pma maaga nman sya kinuha ni lord😞

  13. Officer Preparatory Course lang plano ko i take, wala naman ako balak magsali sa ibang mga branch besides sa army, 6 months training lang heheπŸ˜„

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  15. Hahaha! Training sa baguio? Scorching heat? Puta e malamig sa baguio e. Punta kayo dito samin sa tuguegarao ewan ko lang kung pati commanding officers umuwi sa initπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  16. I've always wanted a progressive military career, I've studied Military doctrines, organization, and even to extent history relevant to militaries, even the APP-6A of the NATO, but I know all well these were the superficial levels, and the true test and the actual application of what I've learned in years is to undergo as an Officer cadet in PMA, with the objective of honing my leadership skills, and bringing my men back home alive to see their families should I succeed to be within branch of the Army and experience deployment.

    It excites me as much that the test will be in Sunday.

  17. This is what i want
    I love the thrill
    the challenges

    but suddenly my parents want me to be a civil engineering
    so here i come focusing on mathematics..

  18. Philippines doesnt have that much active personel but all of them are intelligent and they are picked
    Not like other country yes they have many active personel but they are just forced and even u are not a graduate u are not allowed to say no to join the military

  19. Kudos to the Duterte administration for increasing the salary of Philippine servicemen (police, military, fire rescue, etc.). It's high time they are given due compensation for doing the jobs that almost 90% of the populace in the country won't. These men and women are not like the the rest of the entitled world, these are the men and women who know they are the privileged few! HALF RIGHT! HOOAH!

    Mabuhay Pilipinas! Mabuhay si Pangulong Duterte!

  20. sanay narin akung mapalayo sa magulang dahil nag aaral ako sa seminaryo gusto ko talagang maging isang PMA

  21. bad guy but should be good to human ay nagtatagalog pala wag masyadong bad ang ginagawa ninyo eniglish ko kasi nakakailang pag tinagalog ko yung bad maganda ang ginawa nyo

  22. What's with their helmets all oversized on their heads. Was once crossed it my younger age to get in to PMA, but never happened.

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