ROTC: A GREAT CHANGE TO ALL
ROTC: A GREAT CHANGE TO ALL
ROTC’s pros and cons that can give people further understanding to decide if it should or should not be implemented.
Reserve Officers’ Training Corps basically known as ROTC, founded on 1916, is an elective curriculum you take along with required college classes. It is a military training that trains student great leadership and proper discipline of freedom. It aims for the students who are part of it to be prepared for calamities and national defense. ROTC in the Philippines is one of the three components of National Service Training Program, the civic education, and defense preparedness program for Filipino college students.
Its specific objectives include preparedness of college students for service in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the event of an emergency and their training to become reservists and potential commissioned officers of the AFP. It strives to develop the leadership skills of a student not only in theory but also as an application to the military training the program has. However, implementing again ROTC as mandatory became a hot issue and is still debated due to its pros and cons.
Let us start with its pros. ROTC gives you tools, trainings, and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. It is good for our country for it provides service-oriented and furthermore, inculcate a sense of patriotism for our country. The ROTC experience is a character building course that strengthens self-discipline, courage, integrity, self-confidence and physical stamina. It helps you develop qualities necessary for success in either a military or civilian career. The country’s disadvantage in terms of weapons and materials for combat is greatly emphasized when the Philippines is under threat, therefore at least training the students to have the capability to fight and defend is a form of heightening the military capabilities to some extent. For its cons, the program has countless violations of student’s rights. It is also susceptible to corruption. It has long been criticized for it has continued abuse and violence against students, just like Mark Welson Chua, a student of the University of Santo Tomas, who was killed following exposition of the corruption in UST ROTC unit. Moreover, implementing mandatory ROTC is also unfavorable to working students because of its 19 training hours under the raging heat of the sun.
ROTC instills young Filipinos with a sense of discipline, shared identity, and love of country, however, it may come in bright side but its dark side also comes along. We may have different opinions about it but implementing it as mandatory is still in the hands of our government especially our president.