Philippine army

How to join the Philippine Army?

Philippine Army is the main branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines responsible for ground warfare. It is also known as Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas.

Do you want to join the military and serve our motherland? Read the whole article for the important details on the qualifications, requirements, etc.

Officer Candidate Course (OCC)

The OCC is a one-year course that prepares you mentally, physically, and emotionally to become an army officer. Upon graduation, you will be commissioned as an Army 2nd lieutenant in the Regular Force, AFP.

Thru the Officer Preparatory Course (OPC)
If you are already an Army 2nd Lieutenant in the Reserved Force, AFP on inactive status, six-month OPC prepares you for active duty in the Regular Force, AFP.


See if you are qualified to join the Officer Candidate Course.


  • a. NEW AGE REQUIREMENT 20 – 25 years of age upon admission (no age waiver);
  • b. Baccalaureate degree holder;
  • c. Filipino;
  • d. Height of not less than 5’0” ft (152.4cm) both male and female but not more than 6’4” ft (193.04cm);
  • e. Physically and mentally fit;
  • f. Enlisted Personnel can apply even without completing one (1) term.
  • g. Single WITHOUT Child and Never been married


Officer Canidate (P2LT) 45, 056.00

2nd Lieutenant P54,829.00


  • a. 18 – 25 years old
  • b. 72 units in college
  • c. If high School graduate only must possess a certified skill needed in the military service
  • d.Single WITHOUT Child and Never been married
  • e. Physically and mentally fit
  • f. Height of not less than 5’0” ft (152.4cm) both male and female but not more than 6’4” ft (193.04cm);
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Candidate Soldier P23,777.00

Private P37,488.00

Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT)

To become a part of the military, one must pass the AFPSAT or the AFP Service Aptitude Test. It is conducted by the Army recruitment office. As well as the Special Written Exam (SWE) and the Army Qualifying Exam (AQE).

You need to bring the following requirements for the AFPSAT:

  • Transcript of Records and College Diploma (original for college graduate)
  • High school Diploma, Form 137A, certification of Skills for High School graduates
  • Original Birth Certificate (NSO)
  • Valid Identification Card
  • 2×2 Picture

AFPSAT Schedule depends on the recruitment office. You can check it out with the ARO in your area. You can also check out the AFPSAT Schedule here for 2021.

Philippine Army Recruitment offices
1. LUZON Army Recruitment Office – Luzon
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
(02) 845-9555 local 6843 landline number for inquiry
0921 978-5548 mobile number for inquiry

2. Visayas Army Recruitment Office – Visayas

Camp Lapu-lapu, Lahug, Cebu City
(032) 231-5157 landline number for inquiry
09081428544 mobile number for inquiry

3. Mindanao
Camp Evangelista, Cagayan De Oro City
(088) 850-5279 landline number for inquiry
(088) 350-2088 landline


  • Opportunities for postgraduate studies, both local and abroad, and for career advancement.
  • Billeting and Housing Privilege.
  • Insurance and Health Care Benefits
  • Leadership and other skills training

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  3. I’m hoping that i can join philippine army even thou i am 19 years old and i am not graduated but i really hope i can join it is one of my dream

  4. Good day Ma’am/Sir, I’m willing to join po sa Philippine Army, Nakapag tapos napo ako sa college kaya lang wala kaming graduation gawa ng Covid, gustong gusto ko po talagang sumali, pano po sumali Ma’am/Sir? I’m 23 years old po, thanks a lot po God bless you

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