PH Army needs 6,100 recruits to fill up 10 new battalions

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army on Monday, March 5, announced 6,100 recruitment slots this year to fill up 10 new infantry battalions.

The country is strengthening its military amid increasing security challenges. One battalion is composed of at least 500 troops. (READ: Davao City does anti-terror drills for possible Maute attacks)

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Louie Villanueva said at least 5% of these new recruits will be female and another 5% will be indigenous peoples.

He added that the Philippine Army will prioritize recruitment based on the following order:

Applicants must be natural-born Filipino citizens 18-25 years old, at least 5 feet tall, single and without a child, of good moral character, and must be physically and mentally fit for military training.

They will need to pass several aptitude and physical exams, too. 

Recruitment is ongoing in Army camps in Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu City, and Taguig City. Training will start in June. –