The Marine Infantry School celebrates the solemn act of oath or pledge before the Flag

Picture of the parade during the event

The Marine Infantry School General Albacete y Fuster (EIMGAF) hosted last Saturday the solemn act of oath or promise before the Spanish Flag of 185 new Marine Infantry soldiers, belonging to the 1st Cycle of 2023, who were joined by 43 family members and friends who also wanted to make public their commitment to the homeland, according to Navy sources in a statement.

The ceremony was held on the ‘Santiago Apóstol’ esplanade of the EIMGAF, presided over by Lieutenant General Francisco de Paula Bisbal Pons, Director of the Centro Superior de Estudios de la Defensa Nacional, accompanied by Admiral Gonzalo Sanz Alisedo, Chief of Staff of the Navy, Vice Admiral, Chief of the Cartagena Arsenal, Pedro Luis de la Puente García-Ganges, and Rear Admiral, Director of Naval Education, Ignacio Paz García, in the presence of civilian and military authorities, and a large group of family and friends of the oath-takers.

The 185 soldiers who swore or pledged their commitment to Spain began their training period at the EIMGAF on 8 May 2023. After a first two-week welcome phase, in which they gradually integrated the military regime, life, values and discipline into their character and behaviour, the trainees underwent an intense and demanding two-month General Military Training phase, before becoming Marine Infantry student soldiers and facing the specific training phase, which will last for a further six months.

During the 8 weeks of the General Military Training phase, the still aspiring soldiers underwent the Instruction and Training and Basic Military, Civil and Human Training modules, through which they learned the basic military tasks, as well as their rights, duties and obligations, and began their training in military values. These values are based on two institutional documents of the Corps: the Marine Corps Code of Conduct (honour, courage, discipline, loyalty and comradeship) and the Marine Corps Decalogue.

Ahead, after their recent oath or promise before the Flag and their signing of the initial commitment, the new soldiers of the Corps face 25 weeks of Specific Military Training Phase, during which they will be trained technically, intellectually and tactically, as well as in values, to become the valuable soldiers of the Marine Corps that Spain and the Navy need.

This educational centre has the task of training all members of the Marine Corps, and can be considered the continuation of the Central General Marine Infantry Academy, which was created in the last third of the 19th century, whose first Commandant-Director was the General from whom the School takes its name.

The main objective of the school is to ensure that the men and women who form the main capital of our Marine Corps are trained in all those values that have always distinguished the members of the Corps and acquire the necessary knowledge to enable them to carry out the tasks assigned to them with total efficiency.


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