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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santostraveled Tuesday to a military base southwest of Bogota to attendthe army enlistment of his younger son.

Santos said in remarks to local radio stations that he went toFt. Tolemaida "like any other father" to accompany his son "on thissignificant step in his life," that of fulfilling his militaryservice obligation.

"My younger son, my son Esteban, who graduated with a bachelor'sdegree, decided to do his military service. He's going to be an armysoldier and today he goes in to do his military service at Ft.Tolemaida," the president said.

"It's an honor," said Santos, who traveled to the base along withhis wife, Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos.

The president said he felt that the enlistment in the army by theyoungest of his three children is something "very pleasant from thefamily and institutional point of view."

"I think that it's going to go very well for him and he's veryenthusiastic," continued Santos, who recalled that he himself, whenhe finished his high school studies, enlisted in the navy.

Santos said he was proud to have served his country in the navy,adding that "for me it was perhaps the greatest honor in my career."

Ft. Tolemaida also houses other institutions at the NationalTraining Center, where the army special forces train. EFE

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