275 soldiers undergo sniper training in Zambo Sur

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PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur
 — A total of 275 soldiers from different Army divisions are undergoing snipers training at Camp Sang-an that houses the Army’s 1st Infantry Division headquarters in the neighboring town of Labangan, officials said Wednesday.

Capt. Clint Antipala, Army’s 1st Infantry Division information officer, said the Squad Snipers Training Class-3, which started Tuesday, is a six-week course designed to develop the soldiers’ fighting capability particularly in honing shooting ability.

Antipala said the training also aims to enhance the participant’s knowledge, skills, attitude and confidence in delivering shots using the standard issued assault rifle R4A3.

Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, encouraged the participants to take advantage of the training, learn and develop their skills in shooting and remember the core competency–warfighting.

“We aimed in making our Army equipped, modernized, highly disciplined and motivated that has established a respectable image and capable of addressing all internal and external security threats,” Ancan said.

“Bear in mind that many people sleep peacefully at night because there are men stand ready to protect them and that is our sworn oath,” Ancan added.

Ancan told the participants to be “technically and tactically proficient” and apply what they would learn in the training. “Hit the armed enemy who continues to sow terror to our communities,” he said.

The training is being conducted by the Mobile Training Team, Marksmanship Training School of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. -PNA

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