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Palawenyos Eager to Join the Armed Forces

Published: Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Camp Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City – More than a hundred young Palawenyos showed up at the Holy Trinity University on Sunday (August 25), eager to be part of the premier military school in South East Asia.


The young students, most of them graduating from high school, lined up as early as 5am at the examination center in Puerto Princesa, as thousands more took the simultaneous Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Qualification Test all over the country. Surprisingly, in Palawan, 62 of the 117 examinees are female.

Last year, almost five hundred took the PMACQT. Two of them are currently undergoing training as PMA cadets.

The PMACQT covered Algebra and Geometry, Grammar and Composition, Reading and Comprehension, Verbal and Numerical Reasoning, and Pattern Analysis. Applicants must pass the PMACQT to proceed to the next phase of the cadet selection which is the Complete Physical Examination where they will undergo medical and physical fitness test as part of the requirements for the military training in the Academy. 

Successful applicants will compose the PMA Class 2018 who will be officially received in the Academy in an Oath-Taking Ceremony and Reception Rites on April 1, 2014. 

Being a PMA cadet gives an individual a noble privilege in serving the country. One is able to avail of a free college education with a well-rounded curriculum, as well as, receive monthly pay and allowances. After graduating from the Academy, one is guaranteed a progressive career as an officer in the Army, Navy or Air Force. ––END 

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