Senator Robin Padilla overjoyed as 48 New AFP Reservists complete BCMC training

Encourages More Public Participation in Military Service

Mandatory military service, also known as conscription, is a practice implemented by several countries worldwide to ensure national security and preparedness. Countries like South Korea, Israel, and Switzerland mandate military service for their citizens, recognizing the importance of a trained and ready reserve force.

In South Korea, all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to serve in the military for approximately 18 to 24 months due to the ongoing threat from North Korea​​. Israel mandates military service for both men and women at the age of 18, with men serving for three years and women for two years​. In Switzerland, men are required to serve in the military for about 245 days, spread over several years, with an option for civil service as an alternative for those who object to armed service​​. These countries see conscription as a way to maintain a robust defense force and instill a sense of national duty among their citizens.

Senator Robin Padilla Commends New AFP Reservists

Senator Robinhood “Robin” C. Padilla has lauded the 48 new reservists who have successfully completed their Basic Citizen Military Course (BCMC) and are now full-fledged members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). This marks a significant milestone in Padilla’s ongoing efforts to inspire public participation in the citizen military training program.

The Sandigang Alab Batch 10, primarily composed of Senate employees, underwent a rigorous 20-day training. They learned self-defense techniques and gained a deeper understanding of the crucial role reservists play in national security. The graduation ceremony, held at the Philippine Navy Headquarters in Manila, was attended by key officials including Vice Admiral Toribio Adaci, Jr., MGen. Joseph Ferrous Cuison, and Capt. Junmar Sales.

Vice Admiral Adaci emphasized the importance of reservists in ensuring national security. “Reservists play a crucial role in our national security. During disasters, conflicts, crises, and other challenges, your presence and readiness provide additional strength and confidence to our forces,” he said.

Celebrity reservist Major Jose Sixto G. Dantes III, known as Dingdong Dantes, reflected on his enlistment experience in 2006, emphasizing the significance of serving the country through the AFP. “I learned that the best way to serve the country is by serving the organization well,” Dantes said, encouraging the new graduates to uphold integrity, honor, and excellence.

From Celebrities to Reservists

Nadia Montenegro recently completed her training and became a reservist in the Philippine Navy. The 52-year-old actress shared her journey on Instagram, celebrating her achievement and expressing her commitment to serve the country. Inspired by Senator Padilla, she emphasized the personal transformation and newfound strength she discovered through the training.

Several other celebrities have also joined the ranks of AFP reservists, contributing to the growing movement:

Matteo Guidicelli: The actor and musician joined the AFP as a reservist and took his oath at the Army Reserve Command in Cavite. He emphasized his love for the country and the significance of being prepared for any eventuality​.

Rocco Nacino: Known for his roles in Philippine television, Nacino joined the Navy Reserves and has actively participated in military-related activities​ .

Gerald Anderson: The actor joined the Philippine Coast Guard’s K9 Special Support Squadron, influenced by his father to serve the country​ ​.

Padilla’s Call to Action

Senator Padilla, a staunch advocate for citizen military training, highlighted the visible transformation in the new reservists. “We have seen the positive changes in you. The uniform you now wear represents overcoming your fears, which is the essence of basic citizen military training,” he remarked.

Padilla urged the new reservists to use their ranks to inspire the youth to join the reservist program. He emphasized that the success of civilian military training depends on public understanding of the vital role reservists play in national security. Padilla expressed hope that regions with low enlistment rates, such as Palawan and Western Mindanao, would see increased participation in the future.

The senator believes that the new reservists will serve as an inspiration to others, promoting a deeper love for the country and its people.

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