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Philippine Air Force Ranks

Updated on November 29, 2011

Recently, I’ve written a hub about the Philippine Air Force, also known as PAF. Now I’m here to hub about the Philippine air force ranks.

Before I proceed to the air force ranks and insignia, I’d like to give some important details about the PAF and its organization. The Philippine Air Force is a military unit under the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The AFP is composed of 3 branches and PAF is just one of them. The other two are the Philippine Army and the Philippine Navy. Under the Philippine Constitution, the highest power in the Armed Forces of the Philippines is vested to the President, who acts as its commander in chief. All of its branches (Phil Air Force, Phil. Army, Phil. Navy) are part of the Department of National Defense, which is headed by the Secretary of National Defense. The 3 military units are unified under a Chief of Staff who normally holds the rank of General/Admiral. He is assisted by a Vice Chief of Staff (Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral). Each branch is headed by a Commanding General (Lieutenant General). And so our rank begins…

Ranks of Philippine Air Force General Officers


Lieutenant General

Major General

Brigadier General

Ranks of Philippine Air Force Officers


Lieutenant Colonel



First Lieutenant

Second Lieutenant

Ranks of Philippine Air Force Enlisted Personnel

Chief Master Sergeant

Senior Master Sergeant

Master Sergeant

Technical Sergeant

Staff Sergeant


Airman First Class

Airman Second Class


Related hub:

The Philippine Air Force – explore inside PAF, have a brief history about the air force and its planes and its modernization.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is the new chief of the Philippine Airforce?

At present, the chief of the Phil. Air Force is Lt. Gen. Oscar H. Rabena.

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

At present, he’s Gen. Eduardo SL Oban Jr.

How much is the salary of a general in the Philippine air force?

Hmm very interesting question. Well, the commander in chief of the armed forces, who is the president of the Philippines, receives gross monthly income of around 65,000 pesos, so obviously, the wage of a general in the air force amounts closer to that of the president. I have no exact amount but one thing is for sure, general officers and officers receive generous compensation and benefits because they’re attached with the positions and ranks.


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      flip123 3 years ago

      Can I join the Paf?because my father is a leutenant colonel of PAF

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      Line Villafria 3 years ago

      im in a 4th yr hs right now and im planning to take a course bs air transpo. then apply in paf.. would it be easier for me to become an air force pilot? because its my dream to be a pilot at the same time.. i want to serve our country.. :)

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      DarwiN A. Abitria 4 years ago


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      reynan paul v. pingul 5 years ago

      i am already 25 years old. does my age still fits, for me to join the paf?

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      kk 5 years ago

      NOT A day older than 23 years old in training...

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      Bea 5 years ago

      I really would like to join after finishing my degree.....can anyone tell me kung may age limit? And what's your position if ever i finished a bachelor degree?

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      C-130 5 years ago

      kelan ba ang exam this 2012?

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      novey 5 years ago

      i am a major S5 with our school

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      fiftyfive 6 years ago

      i would like to ask if how much the salary of the pilot in the philippine air force?

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      tyrone 6 years ago

      nice breakdown of ranks. :) currently, my brother is an airman first class and my dad's a first lieutenant. my dad had his retirement last 2008 as a chief master sergeant or perhaps a master sergeant (i cant remember his last position exactly) and after that he became first lieutenant but retired. maybe all enlisted personnels may become first lieutenants when they reach their compulsory retirement age.. :)

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      not every one hey :)

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      nickie 6 years ago

      menopause na ang mga jet fighter ng pinas and its men..hehe

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      Hey Cassy! Yup, would be cool to be an air crew. Would love the uniforms, too. Cheers!

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Join up, see the world! What a cool idea. One job I would love is Air Stewardess on an Airplane, imagine the col places you can get to visit! Great idea for a hub, Fehl! Cheers! XO

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      Yes ranks sound awesome! Very powerful. Hmm speaking of the exchange rate, a housekeeper in the UK receives double of what a chief earns in here LOL I would definitely want some pounds knowing that LMAO

      There's a massive issue bout the AFP here and I was clueless bout the ranks and who's the boss of who..You know me, my mind won't stop till I got the answers :) Thought I'd share what I learned so here it is :)

      haha we could be soldier women in war why not LOLOL XX

      Hey General Micky Dee :) I always salute you :)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I'm signing up 25!

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      Cathy Nerujen 7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      This ranks very high with me. There are lots of officer classes in the military. The monthly salary for the chief of the armed forces is equivalent to £927 per month. OMG, if that's after tax, he's doing pretty good. I did a calculation. 70 pesos to the pound, apparently.

      You are a mine of information, Fehl. You ought to have more comments in your hubs, these are so well researched. You put a lot of effort into these hubs, they have plenty of information in them. Thank you for the great writing and for expanding my knowledge of the military. I feel read to pick up a rifle and kick some butt already. LOL.

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      Thanks Prof. A :)

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      This hub is a fly-away success twentyfive,lol.;)