Air Force Officer Application Essay

When I first enlisted, I did not know where my military career would take me. Back at that time, I thought that I may only complete my initial enlistment and move on to other professional pursuits. However, over the past nine years I have come to embrace all that the Philippine Air Force military stands for. I believe that service as an Air Force Officer is a distinguished honor that is surrounded with a rich history of all who have served and sacrificed before me. The first time I considered joining the military is my father he is my inspiration, my idol, when i was a little boy i see him together with his company carrying their rifles and with their snappy suits think of wearing it also and with their stories like shooting front line with the enemies or under the forest patrol thinking it so much fun,and now i considered my self one of them says ” its hard to be a soldier serving the country even without food, shelter and away from your families and friends, now i know how does it feels to be my father. but I believe I’ve always had a strong sense of duty and purpose, my mindset was individualistic and compartmentalized.

I cannot think of a better place to serve our great nation than in the Philippine Air Force, and I believe that, within the Air Force, the best way I can put all my resources to service is as an officer. I possess a diverse and comprehensive background of experience and training. General Douglas MacArthur once said, “A general is just as good as the troops under his command make him.” As a leader, I prefer to practice the principles of servant leadership in most situations.

A servant leader is someone who looks to the needs of the people and asks how they can help them to solve problems and promote personal development. They place their main focus on people, because content and motivated people are able to reach their targets and to fulfill the set expectations. This has a direct connection to being an effective Air Force officer. High quality leadership is critical in order to accomplish the mission and succeed in motivating soldiers to perform at the peak of their personal ability level. It is important to avoid complacency and continually strive for excellence.

I probably should have written this a couple months back when many of you were just starting your application. I’m trying to help out my fellow procrastinators get back in the game. Many of the applicants on my list still haven’t submitted everything, so this information may be relevant to more than a few of you.

Got an email from one of my applicants the other day. The applicant was asking about the essay on the Army ROTC scholarship application. He wanted to know how important it was, and what it should say. I would start out by saying that it is certainly not the most important part of the application. Your whole person score and your SAL attributes will carry most of the weight.

Here is what I would suggest you do when you write your essay. By no means is this the official answer, but my thoughts are that this may score you a couple bonus points and get you the slight edge in the process. There are two blocks on the application where you can add narrative input to your submission. These blocks are titled “Applicants Additional SAL Achievements” and “Personal Statement”.

Here is what I would suggest for the first. Take a look at the PMS interview sheet, and make sure you annotate anything on the front side of that sheet that would “check a block”. Highlight anything that has to do with Scholar/Athlete/Leader things you do. If you are weak in one area, don’t lie. Just make sure you are strong in another. Don’t discount things like responsibility at a part time job to show your leadership potential, or an individual sport to highlight your Athletic attributes. Don’t leave anything off the table in this block.

For the essay I suggest you look at three things (Google them):


I’ve linked each of these to the best link I found on Google. Once you have looked at these three topics I feel you have enough information to know what we are looking to instill in an Officer, and what we want in our Cadets. If you sit down and now write your personal statement describing why you want to be an Army Officer, and throw in some statements that sound like your values and beliefs align with the Soldier’s Creed/Warrior Ethos/Army Values/Leadership Dimensions you should have a personal statement that will convince a board member that you have what it takes.

Hope that makes sense…What do you think???

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