Every year the DLSU 247th Corps of Midshipman Officers together with the Training Staff conducts a leadership training seminar facilitated by the Student Development Office (SDO), which is now part of the Office of Student leadership Involvement, Foundation and Empowerment (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 officers and training staff and learn more about character development and leadership styles that will prepare the officers for their future responsibilities not only as ROTC officers but also as good leaders for others. In partial fulfillment of the seminar, Jungle Environmental Survival Training was also conducted at the jungle of Subic last May 2005. This activity aims to train the officers on how to survive in the middle of the forest, to be resourceful in the least materials and appreciate the beauty of the nature. The officers were guided by personnel who used to train soldiers and adventurers. It's another overnight activity wherein the officers where thought and trained on how make fire out of a bamboo sticks, cook rice, make utensils, being aware of medicinal plants, preparing traps for hunting animals, making tents and other survival techniques. The traditional boodle fight was also conducted to show unity and celebrate the success of the training.
B.) Turnover Ceremony
Aside from the leadership seminars, the officers and training staff also conduct the Departmental Planning annually. This ensures that the continuity of the program will be implemented as well as tackle the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the ROTC Unit. Future plans and activities are also discussed intensively during this activity, together with making and implementing action points, programs, etc. This activity helps in strengthening the Unit even more so that the Unit maintains its competitiveness and meet its goals at all times.
A special morning marks another turning point in the history of DLSU-ROTC and of the Corps of Midshipman 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. Also, officers also take place; officers also receive their respective awards, awards for the service they have rendered as instructors and leaders. Alumni cadets and officers also attend this event to witness the ongoing tradition they are part of—tradition of training people to become leaders bearing the values of discipline, loyalty, service and unity.C.) Immersions
During the 3rd term of the school year, the DLSU 247th NROTCU conducts its Maritime Academy Immersion at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific. The cadets get the chance to tour MAAP's academic facilities and equipments, watch their publicity video, have Sea Navigation Training in their Simulators and then have time to interact with in house cadets. The Corps of Midshipman Officers stays in the academy for 3 days and 2 nights. The MAAP immersion is a way to experience the typical day of a MAAP midshipman like engaging in some activities such as exercises and roadrun in the morning, fixing the quarters, responding to the calls of the MOOD, proper eating in the mess hall, parade formations, coastal clean-up and athletics.
Another immersion experienced by the Corps is the PMA immersion program. This activity is held annually, usually lasting 3 days and 2 nights. During the event, different NRC-NCR Units gather together to visit the Philippine Military Academy in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Interactions with fellow NRC-NCR cadets and PMA cadets are held during the visit. Other activities such as morning exercises, sports, campus and facilities tour and parades are also done and witnessed during the immersion. This activity is very beneficial since fellow cadets could bond together, gather, chat and share their own experiences in and out of ROTC. It's also another way of making the midshipman officers more aware and realize how the training of the future soldiers and heroes of our country are being conducted.
DLSU NROTCU Officers and training Staff make sure that they render their services to the community on a regular basis. Such services include the annual gift-giving to the inmates of selected correctional institutions. Every Christmas season, donations are solicited and the Corps of Midshipman Officers together with the Training Staff visit jails in order to distribute the goods to the inmates and conduct a short program for the latter's enjoyment. The COMO and Training Staff also made it a point to join the COSCA and the other SPS offices in rendering services for the Gawad Kalinga housing projects held at Baseco Compound. Aside from these activities, selected communities are also visited by the officers and staff to donate goods for the welfare of their communities. During times of calamities, the unit never fails to extend its help through donations being handed over to COSCA for redistribution.E.) Enrollment and LPEP Preparations
Every year, De La Salle University organizes the enrollment of freshmen. During this time, freshmen decide which component in their National Service Training Program (NSTP) requirement they would choose. The DLSU-ROTC, along with the COSCA, works hand-in-hand to aid freshmen in choosing their NSTP. Both explain to the freshmen what they would undergo in either NSTP component as well as what is required of the freshmen in fulfilling the course. Aside from explaining its own activities, DLSU-ROTC ensures the an efficient and uncomplicated enrollment for the freshmen.
The whole Lasallian community becomes excited whenever the month of May kicks in because this marks the start of the LPEP preparations for the incoming freshmen students. All the student organizations plans and sets up their respective booths for the frosh welcoming. Surely, the ROTC had their hands full during the said activity. The officers plan and fix up a booth that represented and embodied the ROTC life; this is also in connection with the chosen theme that the CSO had set for the occasion. Pictures of the different ROTC activities are shown and the Special Support Unit gears and uniforms are displayed. The officers are the ones who man the booth and the ones who welcome every frosh during that tiresome but very fulfilling week. It is an activity wherein another side of the stiffness is shown… a bunch of happy and accommodating students that wants these new faces feel “at home” to their new school.F.) Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK)
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 two years now, Pekiti Tirsia Kali has been offered as an elective in the Lasallian Enrichment Alternative Program through the efforts of the Corps of Midshipman Officers.
The COMO coordinates with the Philippine Marine Corps in order to solicit qualified instructors to oversee the half-day affair. The marine instructors, led by Master Instructor Rommel P. Tortal, 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. Previous participants on the other hand are taught more advanced movement. PTK has become a part of the current Program of Instruction for the cadets, which will be given to MS-1 enrollees.G.) Field Training Exercises (FTX)
The Field Training Exercises, or more known as the "FTX," is a 3-day military activity given to NROTC Officers and MS3 enrollees. This is an activity held once in a year in the Marine Basic School located in Ternate, Cavite where cadets will experience real-terrain navigation and combat exercises. This is very special program where the participant can apply and even develop his skills in combat movement techniques, land navigation and most of all be part of the exciting yet rigorous training of a Marine soldier, who is shaped and cultivated in this institution. 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. The Field Training Exercises is one of the most awaited activities of a Naval ROTC officer because of all the challenging activities that does not only train the skills of the cadets but also enhance their capabilities as future reservists. In addition, the cadets learn important values that transform a boy into a man of discipline, loyalty, unity, love and service for our country. In the FTX, no one goes home without improvement in their minds and in their hearts and fun in their experiences.
Gawad Mag-aaral is a yearly event held in honor of the student leaders who have made remarkable contributions to the Lasallian community. In this assembly, credit is given not merely 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 Midshipman Officers, the Colonel Jesus A. Villamor Award is the most significant because this award is especially intended for 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 ROTC duties.I.) ROTC Week
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.J.) Operations
There are many events when the Corps of Midshipman Officers are being called and requested to come and be the ones to take pride in carrying the National Flag and Institutional Flag of the school or of a certain organization. The officers undergo many operations that require their presence and expertise in the said field. In almost every special program, it starts with the National Anthem and to add formality and color to it, the Officers participate in the entrance of colors. This gives distinction and respect to our nationality and it also shows patriotism for our country. The Officers personally take the privilege of being the one to hoist the flag of our beloved country and school. Some of the events that are served for this purpose are the DLSU and CSB graduations in PICC, LPEP programs (freshmen convocation), DLSU-PUSO convention and the St Scholastica graduations. Aside from the entrance and exit of colors, the COMO also serves as the escort of the special guests during the St Scholastica graduations. They guide these people to their respective places during the program. These are just some of the many Operations that the Officers go through. Finishing an operation gives a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment to the COMO, for they are the ones chosen for the occasion. Utmost discipline, understanding, patience, dedication and love for service are needed to accomplish these operations successfully.
A.) Familiarization Firing: M16
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 midshipmen get the chance to familiarize 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 this serves as a part of their exams. It is performed in the firing range in the Adventure Zone located in Fort Bonifacio. A range of 25 meters from the target is given to the cadets with 10 rounds of real bullets to show off their skill and accuracy in firing the M-16 rifle. As every bullet fired endangers any individual's life, the training staff and midshipman officers see to it that careful preparations and safety precautions are done before the midshipmen fire with live ammunition. 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 midshipmen to know the proper stances and positions in firing. The cadets first perform dry firing in the DLSU football field, which is the last preparation where a midshipman 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, that's why there's always a separate spot in the Adventure Zone wherein the cadets could undergo the dry firing first. 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.B.) Shipboarding
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. Boarding a naval vessel is one of a kind experience. From asking permission to board the vessel from the person on duty up to walking into the different compartments of the ship, a different way of discipline is observed at all times. All the rooms are very well-organized and very clean. The engine room, where the controls of huge machines are laid in rows of buttons can be familiarized. In the bridge, where the officers and the captain of the vessel are situated, all the important controls and devices for both maneuvering and communicating of the ship are shown to the cadets. 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.C.) Camp Visits
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 is a good opportunity for the students to get first hand information and experience of how it is to live as a member of the Philippine Navy. 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.D.) Hell day
Every cadet looks forward to being recognized as a formal member of his or her own Special Support Unit or SSU. 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.E.) Sportsfest / Field Day
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 4 teams: Team Model, composed of the 2 model battalions; Team HQ, composed of cadets from the SP and Medics units; Team Signal, composed of cadets from the RCG and Navigators Unit; the Modified Team, where cadets from the Modified Exemptees, Light Duties and Regulars Unit are put together and; sometimes at special events, Team COMO, 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. And 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.F.) Community Service of Cadets/Blood Donation
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 a few questions on whether they are in the right status to donate blood. Then, if they are in the right status, the professionals from Red Cross will gather 400 mL of 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.H.) Training Days
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 Mutien Marie or Velasco buildings or in other venues such as the Waldo Perfecto seminar room in SPS building and the Intellect Seminar Room in Gokongwei building, 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 football field. The 6th Floor of the Sports Complex serves as an alternate venue for the training whenever the weather conditions are not good.I.) AGTI (Annual General Tactical Inspection) Competition
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 and looked at. 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 wondrous 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.