Implementation of NSTP as a Course in the Country

Implementation of NSTP as a Course in the Country
Implementation of NSTP as a Course in the Country

The National Service Training Program (NSTP) was introduced as an instructional module in 1996 to provide a condensed form of military training to the student populace of the country.


The program has undergone some changes in its implementation and following are some updates on what the NSTP entails today.


From a national perspective, the NSTP has been a very successful training program. From 1999 to 2003, about 880,000 trainees participated in NSTP. A total of 1,923 students died during the training, which is the lowest death rate in any nation of the world having its own military.


Even with improvements in medical care administered to trainees by military physicians, this mortality rate declined from 26% from 1999 to 2001 to 4% from 2002 to 2003.


The NSTP is a highly acclaimed program because it trains its participants on how to be a soldier and an officer while they are still students into top schools around the country as they graduate. The NSTP also instills patriotism in the students.


Since its inception in 1996, the program has undergone some minor changes, but the major objective of being prepared for service to country remains unchanged.



There are two versions of the military training: Full-time and part-time. The full-time NSTP is a much more demanding course because it lasts 6 months while the part-time version lasts 2–6 weeks. During this time period, participants undergo military training with a heavy focus on physical training and classroom work on military tactics and protocols.


This program is designed for those who will enter college before or after service, not for those who intend to pursue a career in the military after graduation from high school. The part-time version of NSTP is useful if the candidate intends to participate in military service at a later date, such as if he or she is already in the military.


Students who participate in NSTP are called cadets. Cadets have the opportunity to receive a stipend which is given out to help maintain living expenses throughout their courses. Interested students can apply for an NSTP scholarship with their college for financial assistance and other incentives.


The school gives out this aid on a competitive basis since each school has its own criteria in accepting candidates based on various factors such as academic standing, academic performance and extracurricular activities.



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