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PMA to admit 104 cadets, the smallest batch in a decade
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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will admit a total of 104 cadets in April, deemed to be the smallest batch of cadets to enter the country's premier military school.

In a statement, the PMA said it would formally welcome the new cadets to comprise PMA Class 2016, consisting of 86 men and 18 women. 

The cadets made it out of the 15,873 who took the nationwide exam in August 2011.

Out of the 15,873 who took the exam, only 1,120 made it to the next phase of the selection process for PMA Cadetship, which is the Complete Physical Examination (CPE) conducted at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center.

Those qualified passed through medical, psychological, and physical examinations to determine their fitness to undergo the four-year military training in the Academy.

After the examinations, the PMA Cadet Procurement Board deliberated and selected the most qualified candidates to compose PMA Class of 2016.

The number of the selected cadets for the Academic Term 2012 is considered to be the smallest in the decade. In 2001, PMA admitted 164 new cadets to compose PMA Class 2005.

Major General Nonato Alfredo Peralta Jr., PMA superintendent, said the reason for the small number was that the PMA wanted to get only those "who are physically and mentally fit" for the training at the Academy. 

The quality of the entrants is crucial to their training in PMA, hence, it must be given the weight rather than the quantity or the number of those who will make up a class, according to Peralta. 

PMA cadets enjoy a full government scholarship where they will earn a Bachelor of Science Degree. They are also commissioned as second lieutenants and Ensigns in the AFP upon graduating from the Academy. Cadets also receive monthly salary and allowances.

Check out for the complete list of qualifiers.