Public information officer Cpt. Cheryl Tindog, said the cadets who compose PMA Class 2024 include 280 males and 70 females were received by selected PMA officers. Few upperclassmen were designated to facilitate on the grounds and record the performance of the incoming cadets while the rest of the cadet corps witnessed the events.
Wearing masks and observing physical distancing, the incoming cadets performed exercises that are diagnostic in nature and serve as a benchmark of their physical strength and stamina.
In his welcome message, PMA Superintendent Vice Admiral Allan Ferdinand Cusi said the reception rite is very different from what had been done before in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"At its surface, this reception is a simple ceremony to test and gauge your physical strength prior to the formal start of the trainings. In its symbolic and military tradition on the other hand, the reception rites herald the start of your regimented military life and your gradual transformation into professional and disciplined young military leaders,” Cusi said.
He assured the cadets and the parents that the Academy will continue to adapt to these trying times while maintaining the highest standards of excellence and honor as “we aim to educate, train, develop and inspire each cadet to become the best future officers and leaders with a heart and soul for the country.”
The cadets underwent the necessary quarantine in Metro Manila before coming up to PMA.(JDP/JBZ-PIA CAR)
By Joseph B. Zambrano