Philippine Navy Needs You, Apply now and Become Naval Officer

The Philippine Navy (PN) (Tagalog: Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas, lit. ’Sea Army of the Philippines’) (Spanish: Armada de Filipinas, lit. ’Ejército de la Mar de la Filipinas’) is the naval warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It has an estimated strength of 24,500 active service personnel, including the 8,300-strong Philippine Marine Corps. It operates 82 combat vessels, 14 auxiliary vessels, 25 manned aircraft and 8 unmanned aerial vehicles. It shares the responsibility of patrolling the maritime borders with the Philippine Coast Guard, a formerly attached unit that became a separate maritime law enforcement agency in 1998. The Philippine Navy (PN) organizes, trains, deploys, and maintains forces for the prompt and sustained naval and maritime operations in support of the United Commands in the accomplishment of the AFP mission.

The Philippine Navy (PN) organizes, trains, deploys and maintains forces for the prompt and sustained naval and maritime operations in support of the United Commands in the accomplishment of the AFP mission. The Philippine Fleet is a branch of the country’s armed services. It also has land and some air capabilities. The mission of the Philippine Fleet is to organize, train, equip, maintain, and operate Fleet forces for naval operations in order to fulfill the Philippine Navy Mission. The Fleet prepares surface platforms, aircraft and special operations assets for the conduct of operations pertaining to internal security, maritime security, external defense, disaster response, and development assistance. It is also pursuing a modest capability upgrade as one of its objectives.

Interestingly, Philippine Navy will be conducting a Mobile Recruitment for Naval Officer Candidate Course (NOCC) in Luzon and Visayas. Hereunder is the tentative schedule of examination as follows:

  • Iloilo City – 26 to 30 October 2022
  • Tuguegarao City – 21 to 24 November 2022

AFPSAT Examinations, NP Screening, and other tests will take place in these areas for Mobile Recruitment.


  • Earn as much as Php 45,416.00 while on training as Officer Candidate (OC) equivalent to Salary Grade 18.
  • Earn as much as Php 51,829.00 upon graduation with the rank of Ensign/Second Lieutenant (ENS/2LT) equivalent to Salary Grade 19.
  • Longevity pay of 10% of the current monthly base pay compounded every five years of active military service.
  • Benefits and privileges (Free Medical and Dental Services (including dependents), insurance, billeting, and housing privileges).
  • Leadership and other skills Training.
  • Opportunity for Career Advancement.
  • Opportunities for Post Graduate studies on top universities both within the country and abroad for free.
  • Opportunities to study abroad with good compensation and allowances.
  • Opportunity to serve the country and lead sailors/ marines.
  • Opportunities to serve in international peacekeeping missions.
  • Opportunities to travel abroad and interact with foreign navies.


  • Natural-born Filipino Citizen
  • Must be a graduate of any four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 21 years old but not more than 26 years and 6 months old on the date of admission
  • Single and never been married, and has no child
  • At least 5’0 feet tall both male and female
  • Physically and mentally fit for training
  • No tattoo

Application Requirements

  • Diploma
  • Transcript of Records (TOR)
  • PSA Birth Certificate

How to Apply

Kindly fill-out the form through google document:

BRING your application requirements (original and photocopies) on the day of the AFPSAT examination.

All interested applicants should submit their application requirements at the said location for initial screening.


For more inquiries, you can also contact the focal person per venue, as follows:

NPMC Hotline: 0917 858 4602
Iloilo City: 0925 883 8101
Tuguegarao City: 0917 858 4602

Hukbong Dagat Ng Pilipinas: Lakas Mula sa Karagatan, Kakampi at Tagapagtanggol ng Mamamayan


The ancient Filipinos built high-speed warships called the "Kora-Kora" for attacks against neighboring states. Ancient Filipinos from the Central Philippines known as the Visayans were infamous for this. The Visayans, also called the "Pintados" or "Tattoed People" by the Spaniards were known to launch amphibious attacks using fleets of "Kora-Koras" against the southern provinces of China. The "Kora-Kora"(called the "Corcoa" by the Spaniards) was a fast ship for its time capable of making 15 knots easily out-racing the Spanish galleons which could only do 6 knots. The Kora-Kora could carry as many as 200 warriors and up to six(6) "Lantakas"(cannons). The high speed of the "Kora-Kora" warship was one reason the Southern Filipino Muslims(Moros) were able to successfully fight off the Spanish invaders. The Moros periodically launched amphibious attacks against Spanish forts using hundreds of "Kora-Koras" carrying thousands of warriors.The Philippine Navy had its beginnings during the 1896 revolution against the Spaniards. The leader of the revolution, El Presidente Emilio Aguinaldo issued a Presidential decree proclaiming the "Revolutionary Navy". President Aguinaldo appointed Senor Pascual V. Ledesma, a merchant marine master, the Director of the Navy with the rank of General.The revolutionary navy was initially formed around ships donated by patriotic Filipinos as well as captured Spanish Navy ships. The Philippine Navy started on May 20, 1898 when the Filipino flag was hoisted on one of this ships. One of the officers of the Filipino Navy was Senor Vicente Catalan, a Cuban-Spaniard sympathetic to the Philippine revolution. He was also known as "Admiral of the Philippine Navy". In July 5,1898, Admiral Catalan with his Filipino sailors helped seize Subic Bay.

When the United States allowed the Philippines some form of self-government as a commonwealth on November 15, 1935, Commonwealth Act No. 1 was issued also known as the "National Defense Act". This act provided for a Philippine Army with a naval component known as the "Off-Shore Patrol". This naval force also known as the "Mosquito Fleet" was composed of three(3) motor torpedo boats namely- Luzon(Q111), Abra(Q-112) and Agusan(Q-113).One of the Torpedo boats measured 65 feet long and 13.5 feet wide and were powered by three(3) British Thornycroft 12 cylinder engines giving it a top speed of 41 knots. The other boats were 55 feet long by 11 feet wide. Each boat carried two(2) eighteen(18) inch torpedos, two(2) machine-guns and depth charges.The men of the Off-shore Patrol performed heroically against the invading Japanese Navy and Air Force that about 60 percent of their men were awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" by General Douglas McArthur.Renamed the "Philippine Naval Patrol" in October 1947, it was expanded and became a major service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines so that on January 5,1951, it was given its final name-the Philippine Navy with expanded objectives and resources.

Source: Philippine Navy

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