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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My PMA Cadet Years (Fourth Class) - FTX, Chickenpox And Academics

May 29 to June 5, 1995 – Field Training Exercise (FTX).  The corps jumped off to Fort Magsaysay, where our class had our very first experience of the FTX.  This is actually designed for cadets to give them the opportunity to apply what they learned in the academy during the summer military training and to test their endurance and adaptability in the rugged terrains and under different weather conditions.  More, cadets take part of various activities such as combat simulations (i.e. attack formations, raids, patrols, interrogations, community relations and others) and practical weapon firing.

The part that I enjoyed most was the war games where two battalions would attack the other two battalions.  A gadget was attached to our M16 rifle and we were wearing a special vest where the number of hits can be recorded and counted through a device... on the other hand, when a person is hit, an alarm attached to his vest will be triggered... while the most rotting part was being the sentinel on duty... that after the whole day of activity and everyone was sleeping, I still had to keep my eyes open to guard our camp from a possible enemy attack... “the worst”.

Immediately, after we returned to PMA, I was confined in our Station Hospital (PMASH) for having chickenpox.  I suppose you may say... good for you, at least you’ll have time to take a rest after the FTX... but on the contrary, how I regretted it... Of all the days it could have chosen, why in the time when the upperclassmen will all be going to Manila for the June parade and we, plebes, would be the “kings of barracks”... I was confined for more than 2 weeks in PMASH feeling awful and uneasy because of this blisters all over my body... while my “mistahs” (classmates) were all enjoying the little freedom they had... “Sincerely!!!”

Florendo Hall... where the topmost will be my place for more than 2 years.

Melchor Hall... our academic building.
It was June 22 when I returned to barracks, academics had already started... and I needed to cope up with the lessons and other corps activities.  We particularly had similar subjects as that of other universities and colleges.  Except that we focused more on some combative sports (wrestling, boxing, judo and taekwondo) in our Physical Education subject and our usual military courses.

From here, July and August passed by slowly... how I wished I could have had fast-forwarded it (LOL)... there were a lot of activities that transpired... the corps drills, endorsements during mess, swimming and gymnastics lessons, failures and successes in lesson and unit exams, meaningful Sunday worships, “sluggable” Saturday inspections, sports fest, plebe duties, Alfa’s traditions and practices (the sundial and pomade), mase2x, laxities and endorsements... so again, mase2x and more... and before we knew it... it was already September...

During 1995 sports fest... the green alfans...
Yahweh bless.

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  1. great way to know you better as a soldier who blogs! Salamat neto bro! galing.

  2. Wow! I was fascinated with the war games. Never had played one lalo na ngayon na meron ng paintball and laser tag. Great to know you are soldier and ablogger. Keep it up!

  3. wow pmaers, aren't you now in the position in AFP or something now

  4. i agree with journey and travels' comment.
    its really cool to know.

    bad for you to had chickenpox in your favorite activity. and though i don't play that war game, it sounds good and high tech. while other men pay to play that, sa inyo part yon ng training.

    by the way, I was amazed in your school when we went there. My special spot was the tree house. (ewan kung nag-iisa lang yun). here's my post-

    Mabuhay and God Bless

  5. guys, i would like to make it clear that i've never been a soldier... i was once a cadet, though. yes, it was fun, using true m-16 rifle with blank bullets... it's quite cool.

    @hitokirihoshi... i got sick after our ftx... so i had enjoyed the war simulation/ games... and as far as i can remember... it was the only tree house in the academy made for our guests...

    thanks for the comments... Yahweh bless.

  6. so what's the reason you were discharged?

  7. @uncle bobo... galing mo pala mag-english (lol). PM ko nlng sayo sir kung bakit... long story kasi. by the way, anong class po kayo? Yahweh bless.

  8. Nakakainspire! sayang ralph! until what year ka lang sa PMA? pangarap mo ba talaga magSundalo?

    1. until my 3rd year (1997)... let me just put it this way, what's done is done... no regrets... good luck to your brother nga pala. Yahweh bless.