The UP ROTC kicks off its second semester by revitalizing two of the specialized units of UP ROTC: Infantry and Field Artillery. The cadets, full to the brim with basics from Military Science 1, were given the option of which unit they desire to join and, by extension, which subjects they want to specialize in.
After the usual flag ceremony, the cadets went inside the newly-refurbished Cadet Classroom 2 to have the Mil Sci 2 course orientation by the Corps G1, CMaj Karis Dawn Salinas, 1Cl. The Corps Commander, CMaj Kim Ronaline Salvador, 1Cl, then showed the cadets the upcoming activities of the Corps for the second semester and introduced Infantry and Field Artillery to the cadets.
Though unsure at first, the cadets eventually decided between the two units with the help of C1Lt Jasper Ian Mendoza 2Cl and C1Lt Gelline Joyce Vargas 2Cl, the platoon leaders of Infantry and Field Artillery, respectively; and C1Lt Ryan Kristofer Arana 2Cl, the Company Commander.
The Infantry in UP, more commonly known as the UP Black Hawks, specialize in infantry weapons, small unit tactics, and combat training among others. Meanwhile, the Field Artillery specializes in long-range weapons (such as 105mm Howitzer) as well as map reading.
In addition to the division of platoons, the cadets had a lecture in bandaging held by C1Lt Vargas and a review of Mil Sci 1 subjects by C1Lt Arana. Then the newly designated platoons reviewed basic platoon and company drills.
Towards the end of the training day, the Commandant, LTC Rolando Rodil INF (GSC) PA, gave his welcome message to the cadets for the second semester, highlighting the huge improvements in the Cadet Classroom 2. He also recognized UP ROTC’s own CPvt Julie Ann Marie Nombrado 4Cl for winning the regional ROTC Speech Contest held at Fort Bonifacio.
CP2Lt Joshua Miguel Lopez, 4Cl
Laura Janelle Abad