How to be a Soldier in the Philippine Army

Do you want to be a soldier and serve our motherland? Here is your chance to join the Philippine Army and be an officer/enlisted personnel this 2020!

The Philippine Army through its Civil Relations Service recently announced on their Facebook page the need for additional 3,500 army personnel to beef up its forces in the ongoing campaign against terrorists and other lawless elements. If you are really interested in joining the Army and become a soldier, please read on.

Philippine Army Soldiers
The Philippine Army on their new BDU. Source

Basic Requirements

If you intended to join the Army through its Officer Candidate Course (OCC), here are the qualifications:

  • You must be a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must be a natural-born Filipino
  • 21 to 29 years of age upon admission (no age waiver);
  • Single and never been married; never borne or sired a child;
  • A height of not less than 5’0 ft. (152.4cm) both for male and female, but not more than 6’4” (193.04 cm);
  • Of good moral character;
  • Physically, mentally and psychologically fit for active military service (P1 profile);
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test(AFPSAT) raw score of 71 or higher;
  • Must have passed other pre-entry written examinations given by the Philippine Army (Army Qualifying Exam (AQE) & Special Written Exam (SWE)); and
  • Must pass the Physical Medical Exam and Physical Fitness Test conducted in the Philippine Army thru Philippine Army Officer Selection Committee Interview(PAOSC)

Download the application form for OCC here.

If you are planning to take the Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) and be an enlisted personnel, you must possess the following qualifications:

  • Must be a natural-born Filipino citizen;
  • With 72 units in college or if a high school graduate, must possess technical skills/talents needed by the AFP;
  • At least 18 to 26 years old before the date of appointment as Candidate Soldier;
  • At least 5’0” or 60 inches in height. Similarly, height waiver is no longer issued by the Command;
  • Single and without a child;
  • Of good moral character;
  • AFPSAT score of at least 45;
  • Must have passed the pre-qualifying Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Physical Medical Exam (PME);
  • Physically and mentally fit for military training

Download the CSC application form here.

AFPSAT Requirements

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test or AFPSAT is the pre-entry examination administered by the Army Recruitment Office. It is a basic requirement for every army aspirant to be able to join the Philippine Army, Air Force, or the Navy. To be qualified in taking the AFPSAT, the candidate must bring the following documents:

  • Transcript of Record/Form 137 (Original and a photocopy)
  • College Diploma (if any)
  • Original Birth Certificate (NSO)
  • Valid Identification Card
  • 2×2 Picture

Where to Apply

If you think you are qualified to take the OCC or the CSC, apply to the Army Recruitment Office near you:


Army Recruitment Office – Luzon
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
For inquiries, please call these numbers:
Landline: (02) 845-9555 local 6843
Mobile: 0921 978-5548


Army Recruitment Office – Visayas
Camp Lapu-Lapu, Lahug, Cebu City
Landline: (032) 231-5157
Mobile: 0908 142-8544


Army Recruitment Office – Mindanao
Camp Evangelista, Cagayan De Oro City
Landline :(088) 850-5279 or (088) 350-2088
Mobile: 0917-712-1222

Interested aspirants may also inquire at the nearest Regional Community Defense Groups (RCDGs), and any Army Units listed below.

  • 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)

Pay and Benefits

As a member of the Philippine Army, you’ll get good compensation and benefits comparable or even better than working in private companies. In addition, you will also enjoy job security because you will be working in the government. Here is the list of benefits while serving in the Philippine Army:

  • Pay and allowances(Monthly Gross)
    • Candidate Soldier – P15,765.00
    • Private (Enlisted Personnel) – P29,668.00
    • Officer Candidate – P33,665.00
    • 2LT (Call to Active Duty) – P36,945.00
  • Insurance and healthcare Benefits
  • Billeting and housing privileges
  • Job security
  • Leadership and other skills training
  • Opportunity for career advancement based on performance
  • Opportunities for Postgraduate Studies both within the country and abroad
  • An opportunity to lead in the Army

For more information, please visit the AFP Civil Relations Service website at or inquire at the Philippine Army Recruitment Offices listed above or in any Army Units in your locality.

What are you waiting for? Pursue your dream and serve our nation!

73 thoughts on “How to be a Soldier in the Philippine Army”

  1. Ako po si raby r tuazon Sir/Maam at gusto ko po makapasok sa army
    Isa po akong ROTC grad., at huminto po ako ngayon sa pag-aaral
    Gusto ko pong mging isang army someday paano pa ba???

  2. Good Day Ma’am/Sir,

    I would just like to ask where can I give my application form.

    Thanks and God bless you

  3. Hello po patulong nga po. Paano po mag apply gusto ko po maging army Senior High School graduate po ako

  4. Good day sir/ maam . Graduat po ako nang batchelor of science in marine transportation.nais kopo maka pasok sa army .. 5,5 po hight ko with 60 kl og wieght ..21 year of age .. Pwidi po ba ako at ano po lailangan ko gawin

    • hi what if di naman ako 5ft pero swear gusto kopo talaga mag apply height lang naman po talaga problem ko e pwede po ba gawan pa po ng paraan??

  5. Good day po sir, midwife- nurse po ako at gusto ko pong mag apply sa inyo, paano po yong application para sa military nurse po??..Salamat po

    • Good day I would like to ask if the Philippines already have Military Social Worker, or even they practice these kind of profession, if so can I ask how to apply or is it also a need to apply for Military/ Army? Thank you

  6. magandang gabi !andito po ako sa zamboanga city graduate po ako ng bs nursing at nais ko pong maging opisyal na sundalo kailan po ang afpsat examination o army qualifying exam for officer po?

  7. hi po, ako po si joan. 19 years old 5’4 po yung hight ko .. senior high school graduate at ncll holder na po sa food and beverage .. qualified po ba ako sa training?

  8. Sir pasok po ba ako s requirments nyo.? 2yrs grad po ako .. Wlang asawa at anak , 23yrs old 5’0 po ako… Puwede nmn po pumasok s inyo kht babae .??

  9. Pano po pag nag register lang ng name duun sa camp? Pano malalaman pag qualified ka or hindi? May examination number ba, at san mahahap po?

  10. Ako ho gustong gusto maging sundalo now na pero dko alam kung paano dahil nag-aaral pa ako ng Grade 12.
    I’m mm sabalburojoshua m. Ma’am/Sir.
    I’m 19 years old.
    Matagal pa po ma’am/sir ang graduation namin .
    Dahil August pa ho kami ng umpisa ng klase.
    Kaylan Ho ba ang susunod na enrollan

  11. Ma’am/sir

    Ask ko lang po sana kung may date na po ba nang exam. Para sa 2019?
    At paano po ba magregister online? Para po sa examination permit?

  12. sir ako po single hindi pa nagkakagirlfriend or asawa
    im 16 yrs old po this year 2018 and i really want to be a soldier to serve the country
    height ko po 5’3
    gaano po ba kahirap ang exam? im starting to review the pma entrance exam reviewer dito sa internet.
    thank you sir!

  13. Hello po good day ! Nag-exam po ako AFPSAT last May 6,2015. result po ng exam ko is 92. That time the passing score of NOCC is 96 . Qualified parin po ba ako. I’m 26 years old.

  14. ROTC officer po ako.. first year college po ako ngayon then gusto ko pong mag take ng exam . Mag mamatter po ba talaga ang height? 4’9 lang po kasi ako. Hindi po ba totoo na sinabi ng president na di na mag mamatter ang height basta willing mag serve sa Bansa??
    Reply please?

  15. Need attention sir im 22 years old
    Maari pa poba ako mkapasok if may 1 child ako
    Peo di po ako kasal i need you attention sir thank you po


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