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How to Join the Philippine Army

Being a soldier is a noble way of serving our motherland. If you want to become a soldier, now is your chance to be an enlisted personnel or officer of the Philippine Army.

Recently, the Civil Relations Service of the Philippine Army had announced about the need for almost 3,500 army personnel to fill up its forces. The additional army personnel will help for the ongoing and continuous campaign against lawless elements and terrorists.


Basic requirements for the Officer Candidate Course

This is one of the options in joining the Philippine Army through the Officer Candidate Course or OCC. Here are the basic requirements to accomplish:

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree
  • A natural-born Filipino
  • Between 21 to 29 years old upon admission
  • Single/never been married, have never been gave birth to a child
  • Not less than 5 ft in height (male and female) and not over 6’4”
  • Physically, psychologically, and mentally fit to join the military service
  • Must pass the AFP Service Aptitude Test with the passing score of 71
  • Must pass other qualifying written examinations such as the Special Written Exam and the Army Qualifying Exam
  • Must pass the physical fitness test and physical medical exam conducted by the Philippine Army Officer Selection Committee

Basic Requirements for Candidate Soldier Course

  • A bonafide Filipino citizen
  • Have earned 72 units in college or must possess technical skills, if high school graduate
  • Between 18 to 23 years of age prior to admission
  • 5 feet for both male and female
  • Single
  • Of good moral character
  • Have earned at least 45 score in the AFPSAT
  • Must pass the pre-qualifying PFT or Physical Fitness test and PME or Physical medical exam
  • Mentally and physically fit to undergo rigorous military training

Also Read: PNPA Entrance Exam Reviewer 2018 | Tips and Guide

AFP Service Aptitude Test requirements

Before you can join the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the first step is to take the AFPSAT conducted by the Army Recruitment Office. The aspirant must prepare and bring the documents listed below:

  • Original college diploma
  • Original Form 137/Transcript of Records
  • Original PSA birth certificate
  • 2×2 photo
  • Valid ID

Where to apply

If you think you possess the qualifications listed above, you can visit and bring the required documents to any Army Recruitment Office in your area.


Army Recruitment Office

Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

Landline: (02) 845-9555 local 6843

Mobile: 0921-978-5548


Army Recruitment Office

Camp Lapu-Lapu, Lahug, Cebu City

Landline: (032) 231-5157

Mobile: 0908-142-8544


Army Recruitment Office

Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City

Landline: (088) 350-2088/(088) 850-5729

Mobile: 0917-712-1222

Applicants can also submit their application along with the requirements to any Army Units and Regional Community Defense Groups.

  • Headquarters Philippine Army (Fort Bonifacio, Makati City)
  • 5th Infantry Division (Gamu, Isabela)
  • 7th Infantry Division ( Nueva Ecija)
  • 1st RCDG ( Pangasinan)
  • 3rd Infantry Division (Iloilo City)
  • 8th Infantry Division (Catbalogan)
  • 53rd Engineering Brigade (Cebu City)
  • 1st Infantry Division (Zamboanga City)
  • 4th Infantry Division (Cagayan de Oro)
  • 6th Infantry Division (Cotabato City)
  • 11 RCDG (Davao City)

Also Read: How to Join in PNP Special Action Force

Philippine Army Salary and Benefits

The salary of any member of the Philippine Army varies depending on the rank.

  • Gross monthly pay and allowances
  1. Candidate soldier – Php15,765.00
  2. Officer Candidate – Php33,665.00
  3. Enlisted Personnel (Private) – Php29,668.00
  4. 2LT ( Call to Active duty) – Php36,945.00
  • Housing and billeting privileges
  • Healthcare and insurance benefits
  • Job security
  • Leadership training
  • Opportunities for Postgraduate Studies
  • Opportunity for career advancement and lead the Philippine Army

For additional information, you can visit the official website of the AFP Civil Relations Service at

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