UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS

UP ROTC goes to SOCOM
CCpt Roseanne D Realubin 1Cl
08 June 2013 at 0630H

Rappelling on a 80-ft high tower, jumping off like an airborne from a 34-ft high tower, M16 rifle marksmanship, hiking at Mt Taclanng Damulag, adventure course matched with a rope course and introduction to survival training.

These are the highlights of the activities of UP ROTC Cadet Officers during their camp visit to Special Operations Command, Fort Magsaysay last 28-29 May 2013.

UP ROTC received a warm welcome from SOCOM officers lead by the Commander, MGen John S Bonafos AFP.

Upon entry to the camp, Cadet Officers were amazed with the improved buildings and training facilities such as the rappel tower, glass-windowed gym and swimming pool.

Cadet Officers were able to experience a new level of rappelling and simulate what airborne soldiers usually do in jumping off from attack helicopters. Cadet Officers tried the different stations of the 250-meter adventure course of the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) though the course is advance for ROTC cadets. The adventure continued at the SFR (A) rope course which includes a slide for life from an 84-ft tree and transferring from one tree to another by balancing through ropes. Showing off the efficiency in training of SF soldiers, a soldier was able to finish the course in 3 minutes and 20 seconds compared to the passing standard of 7 minutes.

At the jungle survival training, Cadet Officers were oriented with the different improvised traps used by the Filipinos during World War II. Tiring yet exciting, Cadet Officers needed to rehydrate during activities like these. But instead of bottled water, they drank from the vines which they got from the jungle-like area inside the camp.

Any visit to Fort Magsaysay wouldn’t be complete without hiking at Mt Taclang Damulag. The summit is already habitable with the small huts built by soldiers there. Electricity is also possible through generators. The first day ended up with a boodle fight and a camp fire activity.

On the second day of event, Cadet Officers were able to fire M16 rifles at 100 meters and 150 meters away from the target. Not only that, the marksmanship training was also conducted through a simulation of combat patrol. Finally, Cadet Officers proceeded to the swimming pool for water training.

Not only UP Diliman ROTC Cadet Officers benefited from the event but also Cadet Officer Candidates from UP Baguio.

The camp visit was through the courtesy of General Emmanuel T Bautista AFP during the courtesy call of UP ROTC last April 10.

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