Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)



Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)  (Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas/ Armadong Kusog sa Nasud);  are the military forces of the Philippines. It consists of the three main service branches; the Army, the Navy (including the Marine Corps) and the Air Force

The President of the Philippines is the Commander-in-Chief of the AFP and forms military policy with the Department of National Defense (DND), an executive department acting as the principal organ by which military policy is carried out, while the Chief of Staff is the overall commander and the highest-ranking officer in the AFP. A previous attached branch is the defunct Philippine Constabulary (which is merged with the Integrated National Police to form the Philippine National Police), while the Philippine Coast Guard is a wartime attached service. Military service is entirely voluntary.