The Philippine Military Academy will formally welcome 276 newly selected cadets, 192 of which are males and 84 are females, to compose the 2017 class, in reception and oathtaking rites on April 1.
Reception and oathtaking ceremonies are part of the traditions observed by cadets in the PMA.
Reception rites include formal introduction of higher classes to incoming cadets.
The successful qualifiers came from a total of 14,540 who took the entrance examination in August 2012.
Out of this number, 1,096 made it to the next phase of the selection process for PMA cadetship, which is the complete physical examination conducted at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center.
The PMAEE passers went through medical, psychological, and physical examinations to determine their fitness to undergo the four-year military training.
After the series of examinations, the Cadet Procurement Board deliberated and selected the most qualified candidates to compose PMA Class of 2017.
PMA cadets enjoy a full government scholarship. It means they do not have to pay for tuition during the entire years of their training in the Academy where they will earn a Bachelor of Science degree.
They are also commissioned as 2Lt. and ensigns in the Armed Forces of the Philippines upon graduating from the Academy. Cadets receive a monthly salary and allowances and a chance to undergo the rare and unique PMA experience designed to develop a well-rounded officer and a leader.
The complete list of successful candidates who will compose PMA Class 2017 can be viewed at www.pma.ph.