The celebration for Women’s Month continues! Jul Laiza Mae B. Camposano – Beran PAF created history by being the first female fighter pilot in the Philippine Air Force on March 30, 2022.
1st Lieutenant Jul Laiza Mae B. Camposano-Beran is from the 5th Fighter Wing at Basa Air Base, Floridablanca, Pampanga, and an AS-211 combat mission-ready pilot and wingman.
She is a native of Tulunan, Cotabato, and an active member of the Philippine Military Academy in Sinaglahi class of 2015. Over 170 members of her class, 1st Lieutenant Camposano- Beran is the 5th female to win the Athletic Saber Award.
In 2017, she graduated from the Philippine Air Force Flying School with a degree in Military Pilot Training. Years later, Composano-Beran became the first female AS-211 combat mission-ready pilot and wingman.
“As we celebrate National Women’s Month this March, the Philippine Air Force joins in recognizing the significant role of women in our organization and society,” Col. Mariano said on PFA’s website.
How hard is it to become a Fighter Pilot in PAF
Many people aim to be a pilot, but only a few succeed because of the profession’s rigorous training and tight qualifications. But with dedication and discipline, you can be one, too, just like Camposano-Beran.
You can apply to become a pilot in the Philippine Air Force in two ways:
- You must be at least 17 years old when you enroll in the Philippine Military Academy.
- Apply for the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate Course (PAFOCC) after your bachelor’s degree, then apply for Flying School Military Pilot Training.
If you are between 17 and 22, you should apply to PMA and choose Air Force as your preferred branch of service.
And for the second option, after your four-year course, you may apply to the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School.
You will have a better chance of getting accepted if you already possess a Private Pilot License (PPL) before applying.
Additionally, you must pass two tests: AFP Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) and Philippine Air Force General Classification Test (PAFGCT).
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