120 hurdle PAF officers entrance test
Written by PIO
Friday, 08 January 2010 06:30http://www.paf.mil.ph/news/press-releases/579-120-hurdle-paf-officers-entrance-test.html
A measly number of 120 hopefuls out of 2,990 candidates who took the Philippine Air Force Regular Officers Procurement Program test (PAFROPP) in 15 testing centers nationwide last December will make it to the gates of PAF Officer Candidates School (PAFOCS) at Fernando Air Base in Lipa City, a report from Villamor Air Base reveal.
Colonel Ricardo Milan, commander of PAF Personnel Management Center, said that the low number of passers compared to the number of examinees actually reflects the increasing quality of PAF personnel who, he said, have to compete with a nationwide crop of candidates representing a cross-section of the Filipino youth.
The candidates, whom Milan initially ordered to report to his office at Villamor Air Base at exactly 8:00 in the morning of January 18, shall be subjected to a further streamlining with a series of physical and medical examinations from March 8 until the 13th of April, after which those who remain in contention will be subjected to a board interview which will determine the final 60 candidates who will then be marched off to Lipa for another 15 months of military training.
“Yes, it is increasingly getting tough” Milan added, referring to the annual PAFROPP exams, reasoning further that it is the only way for the PAF to draw quality members into its fold. “Besides, a soldier’s work requires nothing but the best,” he said, adding that the tough process future PAF officers must endure is aligned with the command leadership’s advocacy to further increase its culture of excellence nationwide.
Candidates who will make it to the gates of Fernando Air Base will begin receiving monthly stipends and allowances amounting to P19,478 on top of full medical and dental attention for the duration of their 15-month training, after which they will be formally welcomed into the PAF officers corps as Second Lieutenants with a monthly base pay of P23,378.60.
Applicants who took the test can check the final list of successful examinees at the PAF website, www.paf.mil.ph