CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Imagine building a road in the deepest part of the Philippines to bring development to a secluded community; building a bridge and clearing debris to establish access of basic services to a disaster-stricken area; building a school in a community for children who have not had access to education; clearing a road of enemy obstacles so that the rest of the Army can push the fight to victory; An Army Engineer like no other. Serve as a Leader of an engineer construction platoon, a rescue platoon, or an engineer combat platoon.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake construction projects to support the Socio-economic development program of the National Government
  • Provide roads and bridges for the ground forces to move forward
  • Prevent enemy's advancement by establishing obstacles
  • Establish defensive and offensive fighting positions for the ground forces

How to become an Army Engineer:


Step 1: Online Application
  1. If you have a college degree graduate and 21-29 years of age upon admission, apply here for Officer Candidate Course (OCC).

  2. If you are a college graduate and finished advanced ROTC, apply here for Officer Preparatory Course (OPC).

  3. If you are a Senior High School graduate not a day older than 22 years, apply here for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Step 2: Qualify
  1. For OCC and OPC, pass entrance examinations
    1. Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Exam (AFPSAT) - Math, English, General Knowledge
    2. Army Qualifying Exam (AQE) - I.Q. Test
    3. Special Written Exam (SWE) - Essay on Current Events

  2. For PMA, pass the PMA entrance exam.
  3. See other qualifications for OCC,OPC, and PMA.
  4. You must be able to do at least:
    1. 47 Push-ups in 2mins
    2. 55 Sit-ups in 2mins
    3. 3.2 km run in 17mins

    *See the proper way to execute these exercises. Click here.

Step 3: Train to be an Officer
  1. OCC is a 1-yearschooling to prepare you to become an Army officer. You will learn everything you need to be an officer and a gentleman. Upon graduating, you will be a 2nd Lieutenant (2Lt) in the regular force.

  2. OPC is a 6-month training to on becoming an Army officer. You will continue your education with the military taking off from what you've learned in ROTC. Upon graduating, you will be a 2Lt in the reserve force in active service.

  3. PMA is a 4-year degree in Military Science. Upon graduating, you will be a 2Lt in the regular force.

Step 4: Engineer Officer's Basic Course
  • You will undergo another schooling program prior to deployment which is the Engineer Officer's Basic Course. All 2Lt's aspiring to join the prestigious Corps of Engineers need to undergo this six-month schooling. You will learn everything you need to know about your role as a Platoon Leader in the Army Engineers.
  • Upon graduating, you will be assigned to an engineer unit of the Army depending on your expertise. Good Luck on your service.
Qualified Academic Degrees for Corps of Engineers:
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geodetic Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Material Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Environmental and Sanitary Engineering