Every year the DLSU 247th Corps of Cadet Officers, together with the Training Staff, conduct a leadership training seminar facilitated by the Student Life. The seminar is usually held for 3 days and 2 nights outside the DLSU campus. Tagaytay City, Subic and Batangas are just some of the venues where the leadership seminars already took place. This activity aims to release the stress from work and academics, develop bonding between the cadet officers and training staff and learn more about character development and leadership styles that will prepare the cadet officers for their future responsibilities not only as ROTC officers but also as good leaders of the society. In partial fulfillment of the seminar, a Jungle Environmental Survival Training is also conducted. Aside from the leadership seminars, the cadet officers and training staff also conduct the Departmental Planning annually. This ensures that the continuity of the ROTC program will be implemented as well as to tackle the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the ROTC Unit. Future plans and activities are also discussed intensively during this activity. This activity helps in strengthening the unit even more so that the unit maintains its competitiveness and meets its goals at all times.
A special morning marks another turning point in the history of DLSU-ROTC and of the Corps of Cadet Officers - The Turnover Ceremony.
This ceremony is held every time an incumbent officer takes the place of the outgoing Corps Commander, a momentous event where the passing down of tradition, prestige and responsibilities takes place on the very grounds their leadership was rectified. During this ceremony, the whole unit conducts a parade to give salutation to an invited guest of honor. Cadet officers also receive their respective recognition, awards for the service they have rendered as instructors and leaders of the unit. Alumni cadets and cadet officers also attend this event to witness the ongoing tradition they were once a part of—tradition of training people to become leaders bearing the values of discipline, loyalty, service and unity.
DLSU NROTCU Cadet Officers and Training Staff ensure that they too take part in community building through civil military operations. As such, the unit’s involvement ranges from gift-givings, tree planting, blood donation drives, community engagements and relief operations. Through community involvement, the ROTC cadets are imbibed with social awareness and Lasallian values that they may use as future leaders of our society.
Every year, De La Salle University organizes the enrollment of freshmen students. During this period, the freshmen are given a chance to choose between ROTC or CWTS as their component for the National Service Training Program (NSTP). The DLSU-ROTC, along with the COSCA, work hand-in-hand to present their respective components and give the information that would help the freshmen students select their preferred NSTP choice. Through this orientation, freshmen students are given information on the activities of the two NSTP components and a chance to address their concerns and inquiries during the open forum.
Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) is the Filipino martial art that has been officially adopted by the Philippine Marine Corps. The aforementioned discipline is basically concerned with self-defense. For 4 years now, Pekiti Tirsia Kali has been offered as an elective in the Lasallian Enrichment Alternative Program through the efforts of the Corps of Cadet Officers.
The Cadet Officers coordinate with the Philippine Marine Corps in order to solicit qualified instructors to oversee the half-day affair. The marine instructors begin with a demonstration of the different movements using knives (sticks and training knives are used to prevent accidents), bolos and other edged weapons. Participants are taught the basics of the martial art, namely, the proper usage of knives, proper footwork and counter offensive measures in the form of disarming techniques. First timers are familiarized with the basic movements such as jabbing and parrying.
The Field Training Exercise, or more known as the "FTX," is a 3-day military activity given to NROTC Officers and Military Science 3 enrollees. This is an activity held in the Marine Basic School located in Ternate, Cavite where cadets will experience real-terrain navigation and combat exercises. This is a very special program where the cadets can apply and even develop their skills in combat movement techniques, land navigation and most of all to be part of the exciting yet rigorous training of a Marine. Activities such as the day and night navigation, familiarization with the different weapons used in combat (short and long-ranged mortars, rocket-propelled grenades (RPG), M 40), combat movement lectures and the actual simulation of conducting day and night raids and avoiding attacks and ambushes are all featured in this event. After all the enduring experiences and restless days and nights, the cadets are given time to relax and enjoy. The Marine Basic School has a beach of its own where the participants are given time to swim, enjoy, mingle with the other cadets and have fun.
Gawad Lasalyano is a annual event held in honor of the student leaders who have made remarkable contributions to the Lasallian community. In this assembly, credit is given to those who have brought recognition to the University and to the country. Students who have rendered service to the various offices under the Student Personnel Services (SPS) are acknowledged together with those who have successfully demonstrated the Lasallian trademark of excellence in leading their respective organizations. For the members of the Corps of Cadet Officers, the Colonel Jesus A. Villamor Award is the most significant award as this is especially intended to be awarderd to the most outstanding student military-leader. Service Merit Awards are also given to officers who have shown leadership, professionalism and loyalty to the unit and at the same time have balanced their academics with their responsibilities as cadet officers.
In lieu of the ROTC's aim to promote awareness throughout the university, the unit hold its annual Reservist Awareness Week every January. Different ROTC related events and activities are featured during the whole duration of the week. Activities include M-16 assembly/ disassembly, symposiums, blood letting, sportsfest, static display and a performance of the Marine Drum & Bugle Corps. This week-long activity extends its exposure to non-ROTC members of the university as they may too learn and experience what it is like to be a member of the Reserve Force.
In lieu of ROTC's aim to promote awareness throughout the University, the Unit held its first ever ROTC awareness week. This is held during the 2nd term of the year. Different ROTC and non-ROTC events and activities are featured during the whole duration of the week, such as M-16 assembly/disassembly, airsoft competition, symposiums, blood letting, board games such as chess and games of the generals, poster-making contests, sportsfest and concert. A static display of Navy-related equipments and other military gears and gadgets would be placed in the Yuchengco grounds for the students to view. This week-long activity proves how much the unit extends itself to the La Sallian community by showing how the corps of officers involve themselves in the activities of the university.
Activities of the Corps of Cadets
One of the most exciting and awe-inspiring activities that the De La Salle University Reserve Officers' Training Corps has inserted in its line of programs is the M-16 firing. In this activity, all cadets get the chance to familiarize themselves with and hold a real M-16 rifle. In addition to this encounter, the cadets are also given the opportunity to actually fire this rifle with live ammunitions. This activity is given to all cadets enrolled in MS-1 and serves as their final exam. Preparations such as familiarization with the assault rifle where all the parts, capabilities, and specifications of the rifle are discussed and proper marksmanship are taught in order for the cadets to know the proper stances and positions in firing. The cadets first perform dry firing, which is the last preparation where a cadet places himself in a situation as if it is the real firing. The cadets who were not able to do the dry firing in DLSU will not be allowed to engage in real M-16 firing. The M-16 live firing makes the cadets more capable of fulfilling the mission as reservists of the Philippine Navy. With this, our country is assured of efficient reserve force that can answer to the immediate needs of the armed forces whenever the situation calls for it.
This is a part of the program of instruction of the military science 2 wherein cadets have the privilege to come aboard a vessel of the Philippine Navy. The cadets visit the Sangley Point in Cavite where some Philippine Navy ships are based. The cadets then can familiarize themselves with the structures, features and armaments that the ships have. The personnel during the activity also share their memorable experiences as they go underway in the seas and face different obstacles make the activity a better experience for the cadets.
The DLSU-NROTC Unit sees to it that the cadets would always have the opportunity to visit camps and different locations of Naval Commands in order to widen their perspective of everything that they have learned in the four walls of the classroom. It may only be just for a day, but a glimpse of such is an activity that not all La Sallians experience in a term. Camps like Fort Bonifacio, Sangley Point in Cavite and Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) in Bataan are places where a lot of learnings and pieces of information could be attained by the cadets. In these locations, the students get the opportunity to meet and interact with the people there and at the same time undergo different activities such as M16 familiarization firing, ship boarding, and facilities tour so that the cadets would not only enhance their knowledge but also enjoy and appreciate what they are studying. They would even get the chance to watch different combat movements of the members of the Philippine Marines and even ride some of the camp's vehicles to simulate their movements.
Every cadet looks forward to being recognized as a formal member of his or her own Special Support Unit. This would become a reality during the much awaited "Hell Day" held during the 2nd training day of their MS2 in ROTC. This day is a heart-pumping, sweat pouring, and power draining day for them, but what adds up to their energy are the fun drills, memorable experiences, and the unity/bonding that they would get from their fellow batch mates. The cadets are made to perform traditional actions, movements and drills, which are given and facilitated by their respective Officers in Command. Everything is ended with the exciting "boodle fight" per unit wherein all of the cadets would eat their "mixed" lunch on banana leaves and it should be noted that everything shall be consumed! The patches and pins of each SSU would be awarded to the "recognized" cadets as a sign of their entry to the unending tradition of every Unit. This might look like a hard training day but when everything had taken its place, the Hell Day would indeed turn out to be one of the most cherished days that the cadets ever had in their stay in ROTC and even in their stay in La Salle.
It has been a tradition in the ROTC to have one day of the whole training semester to be free in order to give way to the ROTC Sports Fest. This is one day where all military trainings, lectures and activities stop and lets each unit compete with each other through various sports. The event recognizes teams: Team Model, Team HQ, Team Signal, the Modified Team, Team COCO, composed of the officers where they get to compete with their cadets.
This is a day where a cadet gets to play with his unit members, members of other units, and officers in a variety of different kinds of sports. The Sports Fest sets a lot of games to see how well rounded and skilled a unit can be. The ROTC Sports Fest can never be complete without one of the following ball games like Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer; or games of the mind that uses strategizing like Games of the Generals and Chess; and also unusual sports to test the skills like Egg Catching, Obstacle Race and Dodgeball.
The activity aims for the 247th NROTC Unit to develop camaraderie and unity with each other, a basic knowledge of the different sports and let cadets enjoy the day with their fellow cadets and officers.
Every six months, the DLSU-ROTC, in tandem with Red Cross, conducts a 2-day blood donation drive. Here, the officers and volunteers are asked few questions on whether they are in the right status to donate blood. This donation will then be kept for future use. Upon donation, Red Cross will issue the Donor’s Card where the donors will keep track of the times they have donated. The blood donation drive does not simply invite volunteers, but consistent and selfless volunteers who will continue to support the cause of Red Cross.
Also, those enrolled in ROTC consider this as part of community service. The DLSU-ROTC does not solely serve the country through training effective reservists, but though serving needy Filipinos, namely those who literally need more blood in their veins.
Classroom and Field Lectures are the bulk of the training and are within the premises of the University. These are comprised of theoretical lectures in air conditioned classrooms in the Intellect Seminar Room and in Gokongwei classrooms, and are aided by various instructional media. On the other hand, actual drills such as marchings, rifle drills, ceremonies, and exercises are done in the training venue which is in the 5th and 6th floor of Enrique Razon Sports Complex.
The AGTI or Annual General Tactical Inspection is held during the start of the year, around mid-February wherein inspectors and guests challenges the skills, potentials and tactics of the different Units through many tests and inspections. Everything starts with the Head Quarters/Admin Inspection and here, the Staff, documents, administration, premises and organizations are scrutinized. There are certain categories to be filled in and scores to be recorded to determine the preliminary performance of the unit. Next comes the even heavier and harder test which happens on the AGTI day itself. The NCR competition is held in BNS Fort Bonifacio and different schools like DLSU-M, DLSU-D, PMI, Adamson, UMak, PMMS Manila and PMMS Las Piñas come together for this occasion. The Unit's specialty on land navigation, first aid, assembly/ disassembly of rifles, comprehensive exams, close order drills, arrival honors, ranks inspection and pass-in review are greatly tested at this time. Every detail is watched closely by the judges so that the best Unit would emerge as champions by the end of the day. There are two divisions of this competition: AGTI Locals and AGTI Nationals. The units who win in the AGTI Locals will represent their Naval Reserve Command (by regions in the country) to the AGTI Nationals, where the representing units compete for the over-all championship trophy of being the best and the snappiest Unit in the country.