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How to Be a PMA Cadet: Qualifications and Requirements for PMAEE 2021 Application

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has released a call to application for aspiring cadets who want to join their program and take the PMA Entrance Examinations 2021 (PMAEE2021). Here’s are the qualifications and requirements on how to be a PMA Cadet.

According to the PMA’s statement, despite the current pandemic we are facing, the institution stands firm in its “mission of developing the Filipino youth to become competent, committed, and excellent leaders of the nation.”
As the Academy complies with the COVID-19 protocols, it does not hinder them to try new techniques that enhance their skills amidst the current situation and the online curriculum, yet still at par with international military academies.

PMA Cadet Benefits and Privileges

Below are the benefits and privileges for those who will be able to pass the admission process and become a PMA Cadet:

  • A noble privilege in serving the country and its people
  • Free college education with a well-rounded curriculum
  • Monthly pay and allowances
  • Progressive career as an Officer in the Army, Air Force, or Navy
  • Specialized professional training for military
  • Exceptional training and billeting facilities
  • Training requirements are all provided

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How to be a PMA Cadet

The first step to becoming a PMA Cadet is submitting an application for admission. Below are the qualifications and requirements you need to prepare for the admission process.

Official Start of Application

The official application for admission will start on May 1, 2021. Prior to the date, you can already check if you are qualified to join and also prepare your requirements, except for the Application Form, which is yet to be posted soon through the official PMA channels.

PMA Cadet Qualifications

Applicants for the PMA Cadet program must meet the following qualifications:

  • Natural born Filipino citizen
  • Physically fit and of good moral character
  • Single and has never been married nor pregnant nor have a legal obligation to support a child or children
  • At least Senior High School Graduate (Grade 12)
  • No Administrative/ Criminal Case
  • Must pass the PMA Entrance Examination
  • Minimum height requirement: 5 feet for both male and female (not to exceed 6’4″ for both)
  • Age requirement: At least 17 years old and not more than 22 years old on 01 April of the year of admission.

Medical Disqualifications:

These are the medical disqualifications according to the PMA admission website:

  • Colorblind
  • Any communicable disease
    • Tuberculosis
    • Leprosy
    • Mumps
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Influenza
    • Malaria and more…
  • Physical Deformities
    • Incomplete limbs
    • Down Syndrome
    • Blindness
    • Deaf/Mute and more…
  • Scoliosis
  • Tattoos
  • Other medical conditions as determined by AFP Medical Board Nr1

How to be a PMA Cadet: Requirements for Application

  • Duly accomplished Application Form
  • Photocopy of PSA Birth Certificate
  • Photocopy of Form 137/Form 138/ Report Card/ Transcript of Records that indicates latest GPA
  • 2×2 ID photo in white background, taken within the last six months

PMA Application Process

UPDATED as of April 19, 2021. The Philippine Military Academy has provided three ways on accomplishing the first step on how to be a PMA Cadet: online, walk-in screening, and mail application. Again, the application will officially start on May 1, 2021, but you can already prepare for the requirements.


How to be a PMA Cadet: Online Application

If you wish to apply for PMAEE online, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Cadet Application System portal through
  2. Create a new account by clicking the pencil icon Sign up on the upper right corner of the screen. Fill out the spaces with the required information then click the next button to continue.
    NOTE: Provide a valid and active email address when signing up.
  3. Check for the verification code sent to the email you used during sign-up. Paste the verification code in the box with the label “Verification Code” to complete your application. You will be logged in automatically into the system upon entering the correct verification code.
  4. Provide the necessary personal information like:
    • Personal Information
    • Educational Background
    • Requirements
      • Upload scanned copies of your PSA Birth Certificate and Senior High School Form 137 or 138
        • Files must be in either of the following formats:
          • PDF- must not exceed 20MB per file
          • JPEG- must not exceed 1 MB in size
            Any excess in file size will invalidate your file attachment process
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  5. After completing all the requirements, you will be notified that your application will be validated.
  6. During the validation phase, PMA will determine if you are qualified to take the PMAEE based on the requirements that you have uploaded to your account.
  7. Once your application has been approved, you will receive a notification in your account that you can download your exam permit. If you are disapproved, you will likewise receive a note stating the reason why you got disqualified.
  8. Download and print your exam permit. Bring it to the examination center on the day of the examination. It is extremely important that you bring the permit with you as PMA will enforce a strict NO EXAM PERMIT, NO EXAM policy.


Walk-in Screening Application

For walk-in applicants, please bring the following:

  • Photocopy of PSA Birth Certificate
  • Original/ Certified True Copy and photocopy of ANY of the following:
    • Senior High School Form 137 or 138 (with name and grade)
    • Latest grade in Senior High School, if the applicant is currently in Grade 12
    • Certificate of Grades from last semester attended (for college students)
  • 2×2 picture with white background
  • Valid ID (preferably school/driver’s license)
  • At least 2 pencils (No.2)


How to be a PMA Cadet: Mail Application

Aside from the online application, you may send your application for the PMA Entrance Exam via mail/courier service by following the steps below:

  1. Download the application form at
    • Read carefully the guidelines provided on the second page of the application form
    • Print and fill up the application form.
  2. Along with your application form, include the following in your envelope:
    • 2×2 ID picture with white background,
    • PSA Birth Certificate (photocopy)
    • Original/Certified True Copy and photocopy of ANY of the following:
      • Senior High School Form 137 or 138 (with name and grade)
      • Latest grade in Senior High School, if the applicant is currently in Grade 12
      • Certificate of Grades from last semester attended (for college students)
  3. Send your application requirements to this address:
    Philippine Military Academy
    Fort Gregorio del Pilar, 2602
    Baguio City
  4. Wait for the Office of the Cadet Recruitment and Admission’s response to be sent to the email address that you have provided on your application form.

Important Note

Testing Centers and schedule of PMA Entrance Examination will be announced soon. Likewise, Application Form will also be uploaded soon on PMA Official Facebook Page and on the PMA Website. This post will be updated as soon as it is made available.

Testing Centers

CodeTesting Location
001Laoag City
002Tuguegarao City
003Bontoc, Mountain Province
004Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
005Baguio City
006Lingayen, Pangasinan
007Cabanatuan City
008Tarlac City
009Clark Air Base, Pampanga
010HPAF, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City
011Quezon City
012HPA, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
013Los Baños, Laguna
014Lipa City
015Lucena City
016Naga City
017Legazpi City
018Puerto Princesa City
020Tabuk City
021Gamu, Isabela
022Vigan City
024Manila City
025San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
101Kalibo, Aklan
102Iloilo City
103Bacolod City
104Dumaguete City
105Cebu City
106Catbalogan City
107Tacloban City
108Tagbilaran City
201Bayugan City
202Cagayan De Oro City
203Iligan City
204Davao City
205Mati, Davao Oriental
206Kidapawan City
207General Santos City
208Ozamis City
209Cotabato City
210Tacurong City
212Zamboanga City
214Dipolog City
215Tagum City
216Pagadian City

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Based from the age requirement, who are qualified to take the PMA Entrance Examination?
    • If you were born from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2005, you are qualified to take the PMA Entrance Examination, provided that you are currently in Grade 12 or at least Senior High Graduate or currently at College Level.

For Inquiries

For information and other concerns regarding the admission, you may contact the following:

Office of the Cadet Recruitment and Admission (OCRA)

  • Landline: (074) 442- 5520
  • Cellphone Numbers:
    • 0919 068 0877
    • 0919 068 0878
    • 0906 546 6989
  • Email: [email protected]

Related: How to Join the Philippine Marines 2021 Requirements and Qualifications

SOURCE: PMA, PMA Admission

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