The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is currently trying to recruit new soldiers and is welcoming LGBT Filipinos to sign up too, though there’s a small ‘catch’ to that.
According to ABS-CBN, the military hopes to get in around 10,000 recruits this year, and promises that it doesn’t discriminate anyone based on their sexual orientation or gender.
The AFP Chief of Public Affairs, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, said: ‘We were being asked whether the recruitment will include members of the LGBT community. Are we not going to discriminate against them? The answer is no. The AFP is not going to discriminate against them. Please feel free to apply and enter the Armed Forces.’
However, the officer added, ‘But we have one recommendation: The moment that they apply and get accepted in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, we are reminding them that they need to act and behave with dignity and with proper care to the uniform. Because AFP is a uniformed service. It is a noble profession of arms.’ (Translated from Filipino)
Arevalo also stated that there are provisions in the military law defining good conduct, which are essential to maintaining good order and military discipline.
He stressed that as long as one meets the application requirements and passes all the examinations and tests, they will be welcomed into the army, regardless of their gender or sexuality.
The officer expressed that he believes the LGBT community would be a great asset to the Armed Forces, but again warned that military discipline is required under the articles of war.
Arevalo failed to go on and explain why he’s putting out the behavior reminders specifically for LGBT hopefuls, though.