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8ID conducts pinning of ranks to the newly promoted personnel

September 12, 2015

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army conducted the pinning of ranks to the newly promoted personnel of the Command during the flag retreat ceremony held at Openiano field on September 11, 2015.

Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander of 8ID, Col. Divino Rey C. Pabayo Jr., Chief of Staff and Lt. Col. Noel A. Vestuir, Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel together with the military dependents led the pinning of ranks to the men and women of this Command who have satisfactorily satisfied the requirements set by the Philippine Army's Promotion System.

It can be recalled that at least 1,233 personnel were promoted effective August this year wherein 433 of which are Corporals, 334 Sergeants, 358 Staff Sergeants, 71 Technical Sergeants and 27 Master Sergeants.

Candidates were selected after looking into their Individual Evaluation record which gauged a soldier’s competency and reputation in the service. Other requirements which were satisfied include required minimum number of years in one's current rank, passing grade on a competitive promotional examination, completion of a career military occupational specialty course, physical and Neurological-Psychological examination and Physical Fitness Test (PFT).

Field units under this Command are also scheduled to conduct the same activity which symbolizes the rich military custom and tradition wherein the officers pin new collar chevrons on the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) of the promoted soldiers as the promotion orders are being read while in military formation.

Major General Jet B. Velarmino, 8ID Commander, congratulated the newly promoted soldiers as well as their families as it is expected for them to perform their best in every endeavor as they gain more responsibilities, and be thankful for the Father Almighty for the blessing bestowed upon the personnel of this Command for the hard work and dedication they have exerted through the years of service in the country.