Philippine Army Ranks

Here are the Philippine Army ranks from the highest position to the lowest.

Before we go to the army ranks and insignias, let us first talk about what is before the Philippine Army. The Philippine Army is an important branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Its official name in the Filipino language is Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas. Ow I never knew that. In case you don’t know yet, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has three main units: the Phil. Army, the Phil. Air Force and the Phil. Navy. To make you understand the ranks and organization of the army better, power starts from the president who acts as the Commander in Chief and he is assisted by the Secretary of National Defense because the AFP is under the Department of National Defense. The whole AFP is under the authority of the Chief of Staff usually in the rank of General and he is assisted by the Vice Chief of Staff usually ranked as Lieutenant General followed by the Deputy Chief of Staff who usually is ranked as Major General and acts as the military chief administrator. And I think this is how we start the military...

General Officers


Lieutenant General

Major General

Brigadier General



Lieutenant Colonel



First Lieutenant

Second Lieutenant

Enlisted Personnel

Chief Master Sergeant

Senior Master Sergeant

Master Sergeant

Technical Sergeant

Staff Sergeant



Private First Class


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is the new chief of the Philippine Army?

At present, the chief of the Phil. Army is Lieutenant General Arturo B. Ortiz. He’s the 53rd commanding general of the PA appointed last July 23, 2010.

Who is the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines?

At present, he’s General Ricardo A. David Jr.

How to become a soldier and join the army?

The Phil. Army recruitment is ongoing. Just fill up the application forms and pass all the requirements and trainings. Simply go to the PA’s official website on

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Now this has me standing at Attention,lol,;)

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Ingenira 6 years ago

Me too, attention ! I used to do a lot of marching in school.

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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Without going to the dept of the hub I like to say the strength of army is nothing in front of a peaceful revolution as we now find in Egypt. May I request you to go through my article “The call of Democracy shattered Tourism in Cairo?”

Nan 6 years ago

Good breakdown of the military, and a lot like the US. My physical therapist was from the Phillipines, and her father was top brass in the Military.

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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

Hi Prof A! haha thought I'd write another hub bout the army after my air-force-ranks-hub clicked lol Always happy to see you THANKS! :)

Hello Ingenira! Ha school days :) I was a Cadette Major.. lol

Hi HP Roy! Sure I'll check it out. Thanks for commenting :)

Hello Nan! Say hi to your PT :)

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justom 6 years ago from 41042

This is a good informative hub but some photos would really make it pop. You know patches or seals or something like that. My son Justin did some for the U.S. armed services. There is at least one of my hubs dedicated to photos of that stuff. Peace!! Tom

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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

Hi Tom! I was thinking to upload those badges but I need more time. Thanks for suggesting :) Oh tell Justin I said hi! I'm gonna check that hub. What is it exactly? Thanks a lot!

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justom 6 years ago from 41042

He did seals and patches from the different branches of the service and did the art so it could be reproduced without pixelation,it's called vectoring. I'd like to see the ones from the Philippine's.

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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

I saw it. They are gorgeous. I will put them all in a hub later. :) Thanks a lot!

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Ingenira 6 years ago

Cadette Major, wow ! I was a Girl Guide, and I reached up to Company Leader, and my sister was a Queen's Guide. :) Those were good old days, eh ?

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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

haha yeah good old days :)

Lee Warren Lim 5 years ago

Let's be higher than Americans.

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Marcial Marcos 5 years ago

I am not in favor of promoting Manny Pacquiao to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. It is unfair to others who are aspiring for so many years. The qualification for that rank is that you must be a college graduate.

Class 27-95 5 years ago

Kailan po ma approved ang new uniform (digital) ng phil. army ksi po tayo nalang ang nahuhuli sa pag upgrade ng uniform,,salamat po/

jeonar galus 5 years ago

god bless x laht ng xundalo/... idol k kayo

michael bryant d. binolirao 5 years ago

ganda ng ranks sir/maam

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edrian guerrerero 4 years ago

sir.kay lan po ang quota jan?

kean 4 years ago

Paano ba maa acquire yung uniform namin patapos na po kasi yung UADT namin, pero hangang ngayun wala pa kaiming balita sa uniform poro nalang pangako ang CDC namin.

budoy 4 years ago

sir kailan exam sa 6id?

ysrael arciaga 4 years ago

Sana in 2013 i will be a collage of military

and i will be a philippine arme or navy

dream ko un ........?

ram07 4 years ago

sir, san pong kampo may kota?

peacemaker 3 years ago

do police officer 1 also salute ssg of phil. army? or those who have high rank in army?

Lee Lim 3 years ago

Either dollars or pesos! Eye eye sir!

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