The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is again
recruiting another batch of Filipino soldiers who are willing to defend and
serve the country at any costs. And to make recruitment easier, the AFP has
lowered its height requirements as the military organization needs “small but
terrible new soldiers”.
Brig. General Francisco Cruz, chief of the AFP Civil
Relations Services (AFP-CRS) said they have lowere the height requirements to
5’ from 5’4” males and 5’2” females to “increase the level of quality of new
batches of soldiers.”
“The lowering of the height requirement for both genders
does not mean that the AFP is also lowering its standards in general by
opening opportunity to those who are not gifted with height but are equally
skilled and competent, we will be increasing the pool of candidates
available," Cruz added.
“Height is no longer a strategic requirement for the
military as there could be many ‘shorter’ Filipinos with the same amount of
commitment and patriotism," he said.
The AFP general also said that aside from they want to
have wider choices of new recruits, the AFP would also want to hire more “brain
force” aside from their usual recruits of “muscle force”.
Cruz then added that AFP’s decision to recruit ‘short’
soldiers is part of the military force’s to focus not only on battle and “brute
force” but also on the government’s peace and development programs.
However, Cruz clarified that short trainees will still undergo
the same trainings and fundamental military rules given to taller recruits.
AFP recruits about 6,000 new soldiers per year, 5-6
percent of it is for officials and 94-95 percent is for enlisted personnel.
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