FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – Army reservist Probationary 2nd Lt. Matteo Guidicelli graduates from the Scout Ranger Orientation Course at the Scout Ranger School (SRS), First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR) at Camp Tecson, Bulacan today, June 27, 2019.
“They underwent one month rigorous training where their physical and mental abilities are harnessed to prepare them to lead,” said FSRR Commander, Brig. Gen. William Gonzales.
Together with the 97 graduates composed of officers and Philippine Military Academy cadets, Guidicelli being the only reservist, was awarded the Military Commendation Medal and was recognized as an outstanding student.
“The physical aspect, given na mahirap, pero what got me is the first four days na psychological effect sa akin. Dahil galing ako sa civilian na buhay, isang araw lang yung transition ko at pumasok na ako sa military, akala ko kaya ko, pero sa totoo lang gusto ko ng umuwi,” said Guidicelli as he recalled his first days in the camp.
“As a civilian before, looking at soldiers, we give them so much respect. Now that I immerse, I live, I train with them, my respect for them has gone up that words cannot explain. Sila ang totoong VIP and without them, we wouldn’t be here, we wouldn’t be protected. The level of sacrifice a soldier goes through for their families, for their country, is beyond expectation,” he added.
During his speech, Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto reiterated to the new graduates to carry the important lessons they have learned during the training and use it as they move forward to become leaders and protectors of the country.
“Each one of you here has the potential to do great things, not just good things, but great and life-changing deeds,” he added.