How to Become a Pilot in the Philippine Air Force

Have you ever wanted to fly a fighter plane? Is becoming a fighter pilot in the air force became your lifelong dream. Why don’t you join the Philippine Air Force Flying School this 2018? If you are interested in joining the ranks of our elite warriors in the sky, please read on.

The Philippine Air Force Flying School

The Philippine Air Force Flying School is the “Air Force Academy of the Philippines”. Located at the pine-tree clad Fernando Air Base in Lipa City Batangas province, it is responsible for the training of all the future pilots of the Philippine Air Force.

In the past, you can directly join the Philippine Air Force Flying School (PAFFS) right after college through the Aviation Cadet Program (ACP) and start your Military Pilot Training (MPT) as a DODO Cadet in the Philippine Air Force Flying School. But since the Philippine Air Force discontinued the Aviation Cadet Program of the PAFFS, the only way take the Military Pilot Training is to become an officer in the PAF with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. There are two ways to accomplish this. The first is to join the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School (PAFOCS) or the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

PhAF FA-50PH Golden Eagle
The FA-50PH Lead-in Fighter Trainer of the Philippine Air Force. Image Credit: PAF

Philippine Air Force Flying School Requirements

Becoming a pilot in the Air Force is a long and rigorous process. It is no easy task, but if you make it, you will be among the elite warriors of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Here’s what you need to do if you’re going to try to earn your wings:

You must be an officer in the Air Force

If you are between 17 to 21 years old, you can join the PMA and become a cadet of the most prestigious military school in the country today. Choose the Air Force as your branch of service. After graduation, you’ll be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant (2Lt) in the Philippine Air Force. To join the PMA, follow our guide on PMA Entrance Exam 2018 Date, Requirements, Coverage and Application Guide.

The other way to become an officer in the PAF to join the Philippine Air Force Flying School is to join the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School (PAFOCS). If you are 21-29 years of age and a holder of a Baccalaureate Degree, you can try entering the PAF through PAFOCS. Here are the requirements for the PAF Officer Candidate Course:

  • You must be a graduate of a 4-year course with a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Must be a natural-born Filipino citizen.
  • With good moral character.
  • Physically and mentally fit for military training
  • You must be no less than 21 yrs old but not a day older than 29 upon admission for training
  • Single, never married and no legal obligation to support a child or children.
  • At least 5 feet in height (152.5 cm) for both male and female.

Physical defects such as the following would demerit or disqualify the application:

  • Tattoo
  • Obesity
  • Pierced ear/s for males and extra piercing for females
  • Crossed eyedness
  • Bow-leggedness
  • Excess/lacking finger

Must be recommended by your Commander

Well, this is self-explanatory. It means you must have the approval and recommendation of your commanding officer before entering the PAFFS to take the Military Pilot Training.

You must be physically and mentally fit

Entering the PAF Flying School requires another examination, the Military Pilot Aptitude Test (MPAT). It is the qualifying exam prior to flight training. You must pass this exam along with the series of interviews and medical examinations. Make sure to have a 20/20 vision and not color blind. After passing the medical exam, interview and aptitude test, you will be selected to be one of the Student Officer and the chances of joining will depend on your standing after the series of examination and interviews had been finished.


Becoming a pilot in the Philippine Air Force is a very rewarding career. Once you got your wings, you can fly choppers, fixed-wing aircraft, turboprops, or jets. After your service in the military, you can join the civilian aviation industry as a commercial pilot. The Air Force is your cheap but longer route to your future aviation career. Goodluck and fly safe!

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10 thoughts on “How to Become a Pilot in the Philippine Air Force

  1. Hi. I am graduated in a bachelors degree. 25 years old and physically fit, but I do not have a 20/20 vision and I used corrected lenses. It is possible to join in PAF?

  2. Sir, one of the requirements to be qualified as pilot in the air force is to graduate of 4 years course, and i am a graduate of aviation electronic technology but just 2 years could there be possibilities that they will consider my application for PAFOCS regardless i took an aviation related course???

    • No, you can’t join the PAFOCS. A Baccalaureate degree is required to become a commissioned officer in the Armed Forces.

  3. I am going to be 21 this november 2018 and i have recently completed my graduation with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Becoming a military pilot has always been my lifelong dream since my high school years and watching war movies pushed me through and encouraged me into this dream. Is the PAFFOCS on going? Where can I join since I am from northern mindanao?

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