From your Class President

First and foremost I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to my classmates for giving their trust on me for handling a huge responsibility as your class president, I may not be as perfect as you thought I am but definitely I will strive to be of service to you.

I wrote this letter as a sign of gratitude towards you and perhaps a little bit of what I wanted to say upon taking this position. First, I know not all of us were given the opportunity to be with a prestigious unit such as the Philippine Fleet but I do believe there are reasons behind everything. Don’t be frustrated as it is a challenge for us on how professional we are in dealing with situations like these and as much as they wanted to cater us, the availability of positions aren’t fit for us for many reasons in which one would be of us not being qualified for such position since we are still junior officers in the league, and we are less knowledgeable regarding those vacant positions.

Second, we have to build our service reputation; not just for ourselves but for our class and our Alma Mater. The school where we belong will be known based on our actions and how we deal with our fellow officers as well as our subordinates. Thus, if we are given an instruction, we see to it that we could comply it as soon as possible, if the instruction isn’t feasible then we shall give feedback and there’s no harm in providing information. Our organization is too small and having good or bad reputation will spread throughout our organization like a wind.

Third, our Attitude. We may all be holders of different Baccalaureate Degrees but for the past 3 decades these flying colors we attained from colleges meant nothing if we have misconducts and unfriendly attitudes. How we deal with people around us will be reflected towards us sooner or later, people around us are mere mirrors of ourselves.

Fourth is the Belief, Believe in your capabilities. Out of thousands who tried to enter the service we are the ones who were fortunate and chosen which means we are the best among the best, so we should live and act accordingly as a professional Naval Officer.

Fifth, Our commitment, never forget the reason why we entered the service and on whatever those reasons maybe we should be reminded of it, work as if your life depends on it, if that job is the thing that supports you and your family then bet your life in it. We can’t just take things for granted, we prayed for it and therefore we shall take good care of it.

May this message be of benefit to you and for me, I wasn’t able to share with you these thoughts personally and definitely everything you read was sincere.

Very Respectfully Yours, Class President 2017.

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Military Conscription in the Philippines?

I’ve been reading a Manga about how an Emperor named Zheng unified China of Qin Dynasty and raised China under a single banner, it’s a bit ambitious but in modern times like today it’s called military conscription. It is a strategy used by countries long time ago to build large army ready to be deployed in times of war or when the need to protect the sovereignty of the state arises.

When we were having our communications module in the Philippine Military Academy, our instructor assigned us a task to come up with a topic that solves one of our country’s problem. In the Philippines, among many problems encountered by our Armed Forces are insurgents, freedom fighters, terrorist groups and other organizations alike.

So what I got in mind is formulating an army that could actually face these organizations head on without setting aside the others, one of which is Military Conscription.

 

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Military Conscription in the Philippines

 

First, it promotes National Unity and allows its citizens to learn and train together, creating that shared experience of having served in the military. Then there is also that general understanding of what it’s like to be in the military service, citizens are able to understand and develop appreciation for the sacrifices of what people in the Armed Forces do for their country and all of these can bring people together. And before they attack our country they will think first before doing so knowing that our nation is filled with volunteered military personnel.

Second, it can provide useful skills, many military who pursued their career in civilian workplace mentioned several other skills and work-related attitudes that help them well in their job. These include teamwork, responsibility, initiative, stress management and global awareness. Others also learned the habits of healthy living and discipline as well as the skills in self-Defense.

Third, Military Conscription promotes equality among citizens, in which nobody will be exempted from facing wars. Be they Celebrities, Business Tycoons or just ordinary people, they will be required to serve when the nation is facing war or in need of extra soldiers. It also promotes respect among the men and women in the military, because soldiers are trained thoroughly to respect freedom and values.

Fourth, if teenagers enlist in the military, they will be taught valuable lessons that will be useful to them later on in real life, but unfortunately, The ROTC or Reserved Officer Training Course was removed from the curriculum in College due to some hazing issues and maltreatment.

Apparently the Philippine Government is already deciding whether to pursue Military Conscription and bringing back ROTC as part of the curriculum, either be, the pros of having Military Conscription in the Philippines are heavier than the odds.

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