New batch of volunteers start 45-day reservist training

More than 400 aspirants from all walks of life began their 45-day Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) at the headquarters of the National Capital Region Regional Community Defense Group (NCR-RCDG), Reserve Command, Philippine Army (RCPA), Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila on August 7, 2022.
NCR-RCDG Commander Col. Ricky P. Bunayog, in his keynote speech, challenged the aspiring reservists to serve as “role model citizens” in their respective communities and families.
“After hurdling the BCMT, kayo ay magiging kasapi na ng Citizen Armed Force bilang reservists,” Col. Bunayog told members of the BCMT Batch 02-2022 which is composed of 321 males and 104 females. The new batch of aspiring reservists come from various professional and academic backgrounds—some are licensed professionals, artists, private sector employees, and college students who opted to undergo reservist training since their schools do not offer a Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) program.
“While the Republic of the Philippines has to ‘serve’ and ‘protect’ its citizens, its citizens also have to serve our republic,” Col. Bunayog told the aspiring reservists.
A rigorous reception rite, lunchtime boodle fight, and orientation capped the first day of training for the aspiring reservists. They will also undergo warfighting drills, disaster response lessons and comprehensive lectures on soldiery as they progress in their 45-day training.
The Philippine Army is beefing up its reserve units that will serve as the expansion base for the regular force in times of national emergencies, war, rebellion, or invasion.
Photos from Pvt Divino S Lozano PA & Pvt Adriel M Paglinawan Philippine Army
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