GUNG: Professional Development Course Starts for AFP Troops

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Guam – The third Reserve Component Professional Development Course held for Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops started this week, with Filipino reservists also conducting lessons as primary and assistant instructors.

This the third iteration of the class, which is based on the Army Basic Instructor/Small Group Instructor Training Course is designed to teach future military instructors and to provide skills and knowledge to facilitate a small group instruction.

One Assistant Instructor (AI) from last year is now teaching as Primary Instructor. Three former students from first and second iteration are also serving as AIs, all from AFP Reserve Command, according to lead instructor MSG Joy Salas.

The class is a two-week long course made possible through the State Partnership Program.  The SPP is a Department of Defense sponsored program administered by the National Guard Bureau, partnering Guard units from different states with selected countries for nation building, among other projects.

The course, over the last 3 years, has developed quite well, according to MAJ Jay Castro, GUNG SPP Coordinator.

“This course has grown from its humble beginnings as a Reserve Component NCO Development Course, to having visibility not only in the AFP Reserve, but also the AFP Active Component.  This course allows the AFP to build a corps of instructors for both the AFP Reserves and the Active Component, similar to our Training and Doctrine Command school houses in every branch of the U.S. military.”

“For the first time, this class includes Officers and Enlisted Soldiers of the Philippine Army Active Component, Navy Reserve Command (NAVRESCOM), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRESCOM), Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) and AFPRESCOM,” Castro added.

        

This ongoing class has 29 students, six of whom are from the AFP active duty force.

Aside from Salas, the Team consists of SSG Dino Cruz from 203rd RTI, GUNG and MSgt Eleanor Banlaoi, AFP, Army Reserve Command as Primary Instructors. The AIs include:  MSgt Danilo Lambino, SMS Agustin Nacino and TSgt Vilma Rodriguez.

Projects also in the works for the near future under the SPP are an Engineer Readiness Training Exercise (ENRETE) and a Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE).