How to Join PNP Special Action Force | Qualifications, Req'ts, Salary, and Recruitment

Looking for a noble and stable job? Here’s the good news! The Philippine National Police Special Action Force is in need of 2,600 qualified applicants to serve our vast countryside. Below is the pertinent information you need for your application.

What is PNP SAF?

The Special Action Force became the elite unit of the PC in May 16, 1983 under then LT GEN FIDEL RAMOS, the Vice Chief of Staff and Chief of Philippine Constabulary . The SAF unit was initially composed of 60 battle-tested and highly skilled soldiers; only the best warriors coming from the PC Long Range Patrol, Special Operations Group, Light Reaction Unit and other PC striking units. PC MAJ REYNALDO V VELASCO became its first commander.

SAF is a rapid deployment force of the PNP, ready and capable to strike anytime and anywhere in the country in support of other units and other agencies. It is an elite force whose members are trained in both law enforcement and military operations (combined police and military).

Members are assigned regionally or within Metro Manila for various police functions such as counter-terrorist operations in urban and rural areas, commando type unconventional warfare (CUW) against lawless elements over extended periods of time with minimal direction and control, search and rescue operations anywhere during calamities and catastrophes, and civil disturbance management (CDM) operations.

SAF officers are also tapped to provide security to VIPs, including the President of the Philippines and Bilibid Prison.

SAF commandos, troopers by all standards can be compared to United States Ranger.


1. A Filipino Citizen
2. A person of good moral character
3 Physically and mentally fit
4. A baccalaureate degree holder
5. Must have eligibility, either of the ff:
 - PNP Entrance (NAPOLCOM)
 - Career Service Professional (CSE-PPT)
 - RA No. 1080 (Bar and Board Exam)
 - RA No. 6506 (Board of Criminologist)
 - PD No. 906 (CS Eligibility for College Honor Graduates)
6. Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military employment or dismissed from civilian position in the government.
7. Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an office or crime involving moral turpitude.
8. Must be at least 5’4 in height for male and 5’2 for female
9. Must weigh not more or less five kilograms for standard weight corresponding to his/her weight, age, sex;
10. Must not less than 21 and not more than 30 years of age.


  1. Initial requirements to be submitted upon application:
  2. NSO Birth Cert
  3. Criminal Case Decision, if any
  4. Certificate of Height waiver, if any
  5. Certificate of Eligibility ( CSC, NAP, Board)
  6. Certificate of General Weighted Average (GWA)
  7. College diploma


Initial screening and acceptance of application folders:

Please visit the following SAF Mobile Recruitment Offices near your area and bring the complete requirements:

1st Special Action Battalion
Poblacion 2, Santiago, Agusan Del Norte
Contact Number : 0977.811.0558

2nd Special Action Batallion
Morong Gate, Subic Bay Free Port Zone, Olangapo City
Contact Numbers: 0927.217.8690 / 0908.995.2664

4th Special Action Battalion
Cotabato Police Provincial Office , Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City
Contact Number: 0998.578.5237

5th Special Action Battalion
Old ATO, Radar Station, Mercedes , Zamboanga City
Contact Number: 0939.923.8016 / 0917.706.3851

6th Special Action Battalion
Sitio Tan-ao Brgy.  Poblacion II, Sagay City, Negros Occidental
Contact Number: 0929.261.1972
You can also apply at Headquarters SAF, Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City

For more inquiries contact: 0920.834.1342 /  0906.055.1549


Of all police units, only the SAF trains its officers as commandos. The training at the unit’s school in Fort Santo Domingo in Laguna province was as rigorous as the Philippine Army Scout Rangers course.

Like all rookie police applicants, aspiring SAF officers first have to meet the general requirements and documentary requirements for Police Officer 1 (PO1) then undergo the six-month basic public safety course at the National Police Training Institute in Laguna. From there they move on to field training, which takes another six months.

The field training program is like the on-the-job training program for all rookie police, where they are distributed to police stations to get a feel of the daily police grind, ranging from investigation and intelligence work to traffic and patrolling.

Then comes the training unique to the SAF—the commando course, which takes another six months, although in practice, it could take up to two years.

For the duration of the commando course, the trainees live in tarpaulin tents pitched on humid, dusty fields in Fort Santo Domingo. This “tent city” serves as their barracks as they undergo daily physical exercises interspersed with classroom instructions.

Training days usually begins at 4AM and will end at 10PM

Medical is the most reason of drop outs.

The training at the camp has five phases, with subjects ranging from first aid, jungle, mountaineering and navigation techniques to communications, weapons efficiency, combat skills, air to ground support and marksmanship.

SAF training includes mission planning, which sees the students drafting operation plans from real intelligence.

Eventually, the students will be sent out of the camp for field training. But the final phase, the test mission, sees the students deployed on real operations for at least a month.

If they are embroiled in an encounter with enemy forces during the test mission, they will automatically be recommended for graduation.

After graduation the troopers receive their reward: the black beret with the winged sword logo of the SAF.


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Do you have what it takes to become an Elite SAF Trooper? Join the service now!