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31 Army students finish Staff Officer Course

MANILA, June 25 — Thirty-one students of the Staff Officer Course (SOC) Class 03-2010 graduated in a ceremony held Thursday at the Command General Staff College of the Philippine Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

Army spokesman Maj. Ronald Jess Alcudia said on Friday Army chief Lt. Gen. Reynaldo B. Mapagu presided over the graduation rites.

Alcudia said the SOC intends “to train and equip new field grade officers (Major) for assignment to staff positions at the brigade and division levels, or its equivalent, and as Branch Chiefs at the General Staff of the Philippine Army Headquarters.”

The course runs for 12 weeks and six modules are included in the duration of the training.

Out of the 31 students, Maj. Jacob Thaddeus M. Obligado was the standout, grabbing the highest award of this course, the Commanding General, Philippine Army Award (Order of General Emilio Aguinaldo).

Obligado graduated number one in his class with a general average of 96.297 percent and with no grades lower then 85 percent in all events, both academic and non-academic.

Number two in SOC Class 03-2010 is Maj. Rodil C. Curiba, who was able to obtain the Commander, TRADOC Award of Excellence with his general average of 95.756 percent, as well as no grades lower than 85 percent in all events.

Meanwhile, 16 students of SOC were the recipients of the Commander, TRADOC Honor Graduate Awards which requires an average of 90 percent and above.

Maj. Danilo C. Calicaran acquired the Chief of Staff, TRADOC Award for Physical Proficiency for attaining the highest rating in Physical Fitness Test (PFT) with an average of 99.835 percent in a class of 31. (PNA) scs/VR

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