Air Force Pararescue

That Others May Live


After the Candidate Course which lasts around 9 weeks and passing the PAST there are two different professions with two different pipelines to follow depending on if you want to be a PJ or CCT. Here is the PJ pipeline of training:

- US Army Airborne School - 3 weeks
- US Army Combat Divers School - 4 weeks
- US Navy Underwater Egress Training - 1 day
- US Air Force Basic Survival School - 2.5 weeks
- US Army Free-fall Parachutist School - 5 weeks

PJ Specialized Schools

- Special Operations Combat Medic Course - 22 weeks
- Pararescue Recovery Specialist Course - 20 weeks

Training is extremely challenging both physically and mentally, but if you graduate and wear the maroon beret (PJ) you will be one of the most highly trained combat medics in the world, able to handle the most stressful situations without even thinking about it.


To rescue, recover, and return American or Allied forces in times of danger or extreme duress. Whether shot down or isolated behind enemy lines; surrounded, engaged, wounded, or captured by the enemy; PJs will do whatever required to take out enemy forces and bring our warriors home to fight another day. A PJ's primary function is as a personnel recovery specialist, with emergency medical capabilities in non war sitiutations and combat environments. PJs deploy in any available manner, to include air-land-sea tactics, into restricted environments to authenticate, extract, treat, stabilize and evacuate injured personnel. PJs participate in search and rescue, combat search and rescue and conduct other operations as appropriate. Their motto, "That Others May Live," descibes the PJ's commitment to saving lives and self-sacrifice. Without PJs, thousands of service members and civilians would have been unnecessarily lost in past conflicts and natural disasters.

Special Forces

Air Force Pararescue is apart of the JSOC special forces command combined with USASOC, Naval Special Warfare, and MARSOC. The qualifications and capabilities of Pararescue teams are extensive: all PJs are qualified experts in Advanced Weapons and Small Unit Tactics, Airborne and Military Free Fall, Combat Divers, Confined Space Rescue operations, Small Boat/Vehicle Craft utilization, Rescue Swimmers, and Battlefield Trauma/Paramedics. Air Force Pararescuemen are the only United States Department of Defense elite combat forces specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct full spectrum personnel recovery to include both conventional and unconventional combat rescue operations. These Airmen are the most highly trained and versatile personnel recovery specialists in the world. Pararescue is the nation’s force of choice to execute the most perilous, demanding, and extreme rescue missions anytime, anywhere across the globe.
What sort of training do you need? Air Force Boot Camp, A School (Introduction), than other specialized traingings such as underwater rescue and HALO/HAHO jumps.

What sort of skills do you need? Military all the skills you learn throughout training inorder to complete a sucessful mission

Is there any room for job advancement? Yes, based off of the air force rank stucture

What is all involed with this career? Combat Casualty care, underwater, mountainious, airbourne, artic, and all types of terrain around the world.

What is the job outlook and salary? Very low 10% pass through introduction, and the military is cutting down on acceptance.

Why do you want to go into this career? I want to go into the medical field and special forces so this is a combination of both.

What might people not know about this carrer? They are in the JSOC special forces command and work with other special forces units

What does a day in the life of this career look like? Saving lives and something new everyday

That Others May Live