How to Join the Philippine Air Force – Requirements, Exam and Recruitment 2020

Join the Philippine Air Force this 2020, it’s another amazing career. Not only you will serve our beloved country, this job makes you a hero. If you dream to join the PAF, you can be a candidate soldier and apply. The requirements for the recruitment and examination as of 2020 are posted in this page. Read on!

What is Philippine Air Force?

The Philippine Air Force is one of the important branches of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines). There are other branches, namely, the Philippine Army and the Philippine Navy. Each branch has other sub-branches too.

The air force is also called Hukbong Himpapawid ng Pilipinas in Filipino. It focuses on aerial services. If you’re in the air force, you will be involved with aircraft, flying, aviation, flights and related aircraft combat and services. If you want to join the team, you must get to know it.

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How to join the Philippine Air Force?

Just like the other fields of the AFP like the army, navy, marines etc., for beginners, cadets and aspirants, you will have to undergo training. The PAF offers and conducts Air Force Candidate Soldier examination each year. Your first step is to apply online, take the exam for the basic military training school and pass it. You must meet all the requirements.

Step 1: Meet the qualifications if applying for Soldier Candidate or Officer Candidate

Requirements for Philippine Air Force Candidate Soldier:

  • be a citizen of the Philippines
  • have completed 12 years basic education under K to 12 or have at least 72 units of college course from an institution recognized by the government
  • not be less than 18 years but not more than 26 years of age upon appointment as Candidate Soldier (CS). No age waiver will be granted for the purpose of regular enlistment in the AFP
  • have the minimum entry height requirement of 152.4 cm (5 feet) for both male and female applicants/candidates for Major Services. Provided however, that the Major Services Commanders shall prescribe their own height requirement depending on the different occupational utilization of the individual with the condition that it shall not be below the minimum height requirement of 152.4 cm
  • be physically and mentally fit for military training and services
  • be of good moral character and habits

Requirements for Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate (PAFOC):

  • Educational Attainment: PAFOC- Baccalaureate Degree Holder
  • Age: PAFOC – 21 to 29 years old upon admission for training (born from 01 January 1986 to 01 August 1994)

Step 2: Register your AFPSAT online account

After creating your AFPSAT account, this will let you apply for the entrance exam given by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. You will be given an exam permit. Proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Register for PAF online recruitment

Now that you entered in the AFP application, it is time you register at the Philippine Air Force online recruitment system.

Step 4: Receive your PAF Confirmation and Exam Permit

Check your email address for your PAFMC confirmation and download your exam permit. If you did not receive your permit yet, check your email regularly. Details of your exam will be provided at this stage.

Step 5: Attend Your Air Force exam

Soldier Candidates applicants must wear white T-shirt and pants while Air Officer Candidates must wear white polo shirt and pants. In addition, bring the following on the examination day:

  • Exam Permit
  • Original Copy of TOR (Transcript of Records)
  • Original Copy of PSA Birth Certificate
  • Two valid IDs
  • Pencil Mongol Number 2

Step 6: Pass a Physical Examination

Two hours before your actual exam, you need to undergo initial soldier candidate screening which involves a limited physical examination. PAF will examine if you have the following physical deformities:

  • Cross eyed
  • Bow legged / knocked kneed
  • Crooked arm
  • Missing fingers
  • Tattoo
  • Ear or any facial piercing (male)
  • Multiple ear or facial piercing (female)

Step 7: Check Your Exam Result

The nerve racking part, the exam results. You will know if you passed the exam when they will be posted on the Air Force’s official website. Another way to check is via text message or call at the PAF mobile number at 0966-461-7913 and 0949-590-6803.

Step 8: Undergo Physical and Medical Examinations

If you have passed the written examination, you’ll also need to pass a Physical Fitness Test which includes push ups, sit ups, and 3.2km run. Wow, that sounds so challenging isn’t it?

  • Candidate Soldier applicants passed the written examinations and who will be included in the qualified applicants to be processed will be notified to report at their designated PAF Military Treatment Facility for their Physical Fitness Test (PFT).
  • Officer Candidate applicants passed the written examinations will be notified to report at Air Force General Hospital, CJVAB Pasay City.

Minimum Requirement for Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

For MALEBelow 21 Years Old22 - 26 Years Old27 - 28 Years Old
Push Up (2 minutes)31 reps30 reps28 reps
Sit Up (2 minutes)36 reps35 reps37 reps
3.2 KM Run18:14 mins18:44 mins20:14 mins
For FEMALEBelow 21 Years Old22 - 26 Years Old27 - 28 Years Old
Push Up (2 minutes)13 reps11 reps9 reps
Sit Up (2 minutes)23 reps22 reps24 reps
3.2 KM Run20:14 mins21:14 mins22:59 mins

Step 9: Submit Air Force Requirements and Documents

Successful air force applicants who undergone physical and medical examinations are required to submit the following documents as part of their job application. Officer Candidates must submit their documents at the PAFPMC while Candidate Soldier must submit their requirements at their designated PAF units or processing centers.

  • Original copy of Personal History Statement (PHS)
  • Original 3×5 whole body picture
  • Transcript of Records and/or Diploma
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage)
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Local Police Clearance
  • Mayor’s Clearance
  • Municipal Clearance
  • Regional Trail Court Clearance
  • Provincial PNP Clearance (C-2 or R-2)
  • NBI Clearance
  • PSA Issued Marriage Certificate of Parents
  • Affidavit of Parents Consent (if 21 years old and below)

Step 10: Attend the Board Interview

Applicants who passed the recruitment process above will need to undergo board interview. If you are a Candidate Soldier, attend the interview at your designated PAF center. If you are a, Officer Candidate, attend your interview at PAFPMC, Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

Step 11: Start Your Air Force Training

Your journey being a soldier of the Philippine Air Force begins now. If you are a successful applicant selected for the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate and Basic Military Training for Soldier Candidate, you will be turned-over to Air Education and Training and Doctrine Command (AETDC), Fernando Air Base, Lipa City, Batangas for the conduct of LPE at Fernando Air Base Hospital to conduct your training.

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Benefits of Working in the Philippine Air Force:

  • Competitive pay and allowances
  • Opportunities for Post Graduate studies both local and abroad
  • Insurance and health benefits
  • Housing benefits
  • Job security
  • Leadership and other skills training
  • Opportunity to lead in the Air Force
  • Career advancement opportunities

Philippine Air Force Processing Centers / PAF Units

You may apply or inquire at these following PAF Units near you:

Col Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City – 0949-5906720, 0956-3371547, 0949-5906803, 0927-0632245
Fernando Air Base, Lipa City – 0906-2721492, (761)3601/3201
Edwin Andrews Air Base, Zamboanga City – 0917-7074561
BG Benito Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-lapu City – 0927-2867352
Clark Air Base, Pampanga – 0917-7295684
Antonio Bautista Air Base, Palawan – 0927-4184911

(Phone numbers may change without prior notice)

NOTE: PAFPMC is the only Processing Center for PAFOC applicants

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619 thoughts on “How to Join the Philippine Air Force – Requirements, Exam and Recruitment 2020”

  1. Hi, I really do want to be a scout ranger or pilot in the PAF. I’m only 12 years old at the moment, but I’m planning to be one once I’m 18 years old…if i remember correctly…I have to be single which is hard. I would love to fight for our flag. Our flag is not flying by the wind…but by the last breath of every soldier that died protecting it.

  2. Good Day Maam/Sir. Same po dun sa mga tanong kung qualified po ba pag nakasuot ng eye glasses. Pero Physically and mentally fit naman po for training. Graduate po ako ng BS Informational Technology with 72 units. Thank you po.

  3. I’m a graduate of BS Criminology
    Just like previous comments I just want to asked if it still qualified those person who wheres eye glasses like me. Thank you

  4. Goodeve po sir/maam ask ko lng po, kailan po ipopost ung afpsat result nung april2018 na binigay sa edwin andrews airbase? May result na po ba? Pls po update nio po kami, salamat po

  5. good day maam/sir can i be qualified to that job? Im a criminology student, and yes I have 72 units maam/sir, thank you!!

  6. Good day sir and maam, Ask ko lang po kung qualified po ba ako kahit walang prior knowlegde about PAF? But I know physically fit and mentally fit po ako. And ask ko lang din po kung san qualified ang tulad ko na graduate ng Education major in Technology and Livelihood Education? Thank you and God bless PAF.

  7. 4 years degree holder po aq and have certificate in ROTC. .ask lng po qng pwede pa aq kahit myron na aq keloid dahil sa tattoo sa kanang balikat po pero maliit lng dn.

  8. Hi. Ma’am , Sir. Tanong ko lang po kung pwede na mag exam ang 17 years old but turning 18 years old on this month of May considered na po ba yung ganon? Thank you po.

  9. Hi maam/sir ako po ay 18 years old gradaute ng k-12 at may skill din po taga pasay po ako . Gusto ko sana maging isang magiting na air force?

    • Hello po ma’am/sir K-12 graduate po next year po meron pa po ba? At pwede po yung graduate K-12? I want to be a good soldiers sir
      . Iloilo po ako sir. Salamat

  10. good afternoon poh mam and sir .. pwede na poh ba akong magapply ng air force ..? 18 years old na poh ako k to 12 grad na poh ako …NCII holder poh ako ng welding .. skills ko dn poh maglaro ng volley ball.. panu pa ba pumasok ng air force ..? needs ko lang poh na matulongan ang bawat pilipino at makatulong sa ating bayan .. kelan poh ba ulit yung exam para poh sa air force …?

  11. Hi tanong lang po
    Im 22 years old mag t’23 napo Wala po ako 72 units in college .. so dba dapat po makumpleto ko ung 72 units ? Pano po kung nakumpleto ko po ung 72 units pero lumampas npo ako sa age limit pde pdin po ba ako mag join ?

  12. Good day sir/ma’am, im ven from davao, i would like to join PAF, im 29 years old and an information technology degree holder. May pag asa pa po ba ako mka join? Oct 1988 yung birthdate ko. Ano po ba 1st step dapat ko gawin if ever may chance pa ako?

    • Good afternoon mam/sir im billy jhon anor from novaliches quezon city i would like to join PAFOC. IM 29 years old im course BS-CRIMINOLOGY ASK KO LNG PO KUNG MAY PAG ASA PO BA AKO MAKAPASOK SA PHILLIPINE AIR FORCE JULY 20 1988 PO YUNG BIRTHDAY KO.ANO PO BA DAPAT KONG GAWIN PARA MAKAPASOK PO AKO AT MAY CHANGE PA PO BA AKO ITO PO YUNG TEL. KO 418-12-12

  13. Hello po! Female po ako and Gusto ko po sanang magapply. Pero hindi napo ba talaga pwede basta may extra peircing? As in talaga? 🙁

  14. Hello po, interesado sana yong husband ko, kaso lang po 38 years old na siya ngayon. at wala pa po siyang units sa college, may plano po siyang magpa enrol sa college para po maka pag apply sa army po, What to do po ba? Salamat po.

  15. Good day Maam/Sir, Im Rio,Jackie Oliveros A. , 23 years old Graduated or recognizer in my academically taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation at JOSE Rizal Memorial State University Main campus never been experience onboard but i do have my GOOD moral Certi,transcript of records Cav.Requirements for examination NSO,NBI,Valid I.D pictures etc, and other training certificates regarding to the safety of life at sea (SOLAS) ,PST,EFA and FIreFIghting And also Advance SOLAS PSCRB,ATFF and MEFA . Im willing to be train as well as i can to do to be a Philippine Air Force with all my sincerity i want to reach my dreams by helping people to our country Serving to our government and people who really wanted to be help ,Im From Dapitan City po ako Province of Zamboanga Del Norte,Mindanao .SANA PO MAKAMIT KO PO ANG MATAGAL KO NG PINANGARAP NANA MAGKAROON NG REGULAR NA TRABAHU AT MAGING isa sa PAF god bless po sa lahat maraming salamat…


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