The Philippine Military Academy incorporated 257 members of Class 2017 to the Cadet Corps Armed Forces (CCAFP) of the Philippines last May 25 at the Borromeo Field, Fort del Pilar.
Two hundred forty five new cadets reported last April 1 for the oath taking and reception rites, 163 of them are males and 82 are female.
Two voluntarily resigned, placing the number of cadets from the original class at 243 who are ready to be incorporated to the CCAFP.
Fourteen cadets from the previous class joined Class 2017, for a total of 257 after eight weeks of training.
Class 2017 will be adopting the name Salaknib, an Ilokano word which means shield.
The class envisions themselves to be the Salaknib of the Filipinos that will shield them from harm as the class advance toward the realization of their mandate to serve and protect the people.
The incorporation rites signify the formal integration of the new cadets who report April 1 every year to the CCAFP.
Prior to their incorporation, they are placed under the New Cadets Battalion where they are oriented on the basic things they need to know about the military profession.
After weeks of training, they will be incorporated to the regular corps where they will be integrated with their upperclassmen.