How to Become a Pilot in the Philippine Air Force: An Ultimate Guide


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Young boys and girls usually dream about becoming a pilot.

However, only a few of them eventually become pilots when they reach adulthood. The most common reason for not pursuing this occupation is the cost of studying and training to become a pilot.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that it’s entirely possible to go to flight school without spending millions of pesos. One of the best ways to study flying at little to no cost is by joining the Philippine Air Force.

At PAF, qualified students will be trained to fly without paying for tuition fees, plane rentals, instructor fees, and more. In fact, students who will train under the Philippine Air Force will also receive monthly allowances.

Sounds exciting? Let me walk you through the procedures and requirements that you need to fulfill to get one step closer to your dream of becoming a Philippine Air Force pilot.

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Becoming a Pilot in the Philippine Air Force: An Overview.


If you want to become a pilot in the Philippine Air Force, you have two options to apply:
  • Enter the Philippine Military Academy once you’re at least 17 years old
  • Get a bachelor’s degree first and then apply at the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School

If you prefer the first option, you should apply to PMA and choose Air Force as your preferred branch of service if you’re between 17-22 years old. If you choose the second pathway, then finish any four-year course at your chosen school and then apply at the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School when you turn 21-29 years old.

Take note that your chances of getting accepted are higher if you have already acquired a Private Pilot License (PPL) prior to your application.

Regardless of which pathway you choose, you’ll get to enjoy government-subsidized pilot training which includes monthly allowance throughout the duration of the program. In exchange, PAF pilots are required to render at least 12 years of service with a monthly salary that is significantly lower than a commercial pilot’s.

 

How much is the salary of a Philippine Air Force pilot?

Since officers should at least have a 2nd Lieutenant Rank before they can undergo aviation training, it’s safe to say that the monthly salary for PAF pilots starts at Php 48,829.

Compared to commercial pilots, Philippine Air Force pilots are severely underpaid. But remember, the government pay for their training and nothing beats the fulfillment of serving the nation.

In addition to that, your experience as an Air Force pilot will open the doors to more lucrative career options should you decide to quit flying as a military pilot later on. For instance, if you want to become an airline pilot, you can apply for a conversion of Pilot Licenses at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

 

How to Become a Pilot in the Philippine Air Force: Two Ways.

Option 1: Through the Philippine Military Academy.

Requirements and Qualifications.

  • Single and has never been married
  • At least 17 years old but not a day older than 22 years old on June 1 of the year following the examination date
  • Filipino citizen (natural born)
  • No administrative or criminal case
  • Physically fit
  • Has good moral character
  • Passed the PMA Entrance Examination
  • Height requirement for both males and females: At least 5 feet but not taller than 6’4”
  • At least high school graduate or will graduate not later than June 1 of the year following the examination date (for Grade 12 students)

 

Step-by-step Guide.

  1. Download and fill out the application form.
  2. Go to the Office of Cadet Admission and submit your application.
  3. Get the Acknowledgment Receipt.
  4. Report to the examination center on the day of examination.
  5. Undergo a limited physical examination.
  6. Wait for the announcement of passers. You’ll get the results through the newspaper, internet, phone call/message, or email.
  7. If you’ve passed the exam, get the schedule of your physical examination from the Office of Admission.
  8. Report to AFP Medical Center on the day of your appointment to undergo dental, medical, and neuropsychiatric exams.
  9. After completing the exams, receive further instructions from the AFP Medical Center.
  10. Once you’re officially accepted, choose the Air Force as your preferred branch of service.
  11. After graduating from the PMA, you’ll get a 2nd Lieutenant (2Lt) rank in the Philippine Air Force which is the lowest rank accepted in the Philippine Air Force Flying School. You have to undergo another series of medical, physical, and psychological exams when you apply to the PAF Flying School. You also have to take and pass the Military Pilot Aptitude Test (MPAT).
  12. If you pass all the exams and meet the qualifications, then you’ll get the chance to enter the Philippine Air Force Flying School and undergo military and aviation training.
  13. After graduating from PAF Flying School, you’ll be assigned to one of the flying units of the PAF.

 

Option 2: Through the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School.

Requirements and Qualifications.

  • Single and has never been married; never borne or sired a child
  • Natural born Filipino
  • At least 21 years old but not over 29 years old upon admission (no age waiver)
  • Baccalaureate degree holder
  • Height requirement (for both males and females): At least 5 feet but not taller than 6’4”
  • Physically, mentally, and psychologically fit for active military service (P1 Profile)
  • Has Good Moral Character
  • A raw score of 71 or higher in the Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT)
  • Passed the Special Written Exam (SWE) and Army Qualifying Exam (AQE) given by the Philippine Army
  • Passed the Physical Fitness Test and Physical Medical Exam conducted in the Philippine Army through PAOSC

 

Step-by-step Guide.

1. Check if you meet all the qualifications and requirements. If you do, proceed with the application process.

2. Go to the AFPSAT E-portal website and create an account that you can use for the AFPSAT online registration and examination permit. If you have already passed AFPSAT, you can skip this step.

3. Go to the PAF Online Recruitment System website and create an account.

4. Completely fill out the application form and submit the initial requirements requested.

5. Wait for the confirmation from PAFPMC that will allow you to download your examination permit. Make sure to always check your email and your PAF Online Recruitment System account.

6. Proceed to the exam venue on the day of examination. Wear a white polo shirt and pants. You must also bring the following requirements:

  • Exam Permit
  • 2 Valid IDs
  • PSA Birth Certificate (original copy)
  • Transcript of Records (original copy)
  • Pencil (Mongol No. 2)

7. Two hours before the examination, applicants will undergo a limited physical examination.

8. After completing the examination, wait for the results through the PAF website or via call/text.

9. Successful passers will undergo a Physical Fitness Test at PAFPMC, CJVAB, Pasay City. They will then undergo Physical and Medical Examinations at the same location.

10. After passing all the physical and medical examinations, applicants must submit the following requirements (in a long folder with blue tabbings) to PAFPMC, 10 days after the initial Physical Fitness Test:

  • Personal History Statement (original)
  • Transcript of Records or Diploma
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • PSA Marriage Contract of Parents
  • Affidavit of Parent’s Consent (For applicants who are 21 years old and below)
  • 3×5 Whole Body Picture
  • Certificate of No Marriage
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Local Police Clearance
  • Municipal Clearance
  • Mayors Clearance
  • Provincial PNP Clearance
  • Regional Trial Court Clearance
  • NBI Clearance

11. Passers of the medical and physical examinations will undergo a board interview at PAFPMC, Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City. Those who will pass this interview will be informed through call or text and the results will be posted on the PAF website.

12. Successful applicants will be turned over to Air Education and Training and Doctrine Command (AETDC) located in Fernando Air Base, Lipa City, Batangas for the conduct of LPE. You’ll then undergo 15 months of officer pre-entry training at the PAFOCS.

13. After completing the initial training, you can apply to PAF Flying School. The application process will require you to undergo another series of medical, physical, and psychological exams as well as take and pass the Military Pilot Aptitude Test (MPAT).

14. If you pass all the exams and meet the qualifications, then you’ll get the chance to enter the Philippine Air Force Flying School and undergo military and aviation training.

15. After graduating from PAF Flying School, you’ll be assigned to one of the flying units of the PAF.

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About the Author.

Anna Pamela R. Capistrano is an experienced content writer who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia studies at the University of the Philippines – Open University. She has been working as a freelance writer for over 6 years and has created a wide range of content for various websites. Aside from writing, she also loves cooking, baking, dancing, and watching K-dramas. As an Aquarius woman, she’s passionate about making the world a better place one step at a time.

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