Pararescuemen or PJ’s are part of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command as well as Air Combat Command operators. These guys are responsible for battleground recovery, medical personnel care, combat rescue and search. They operate in every environment- whether hostile or peaceful.
The PJ’s were incorporated in March 1946 and are known by alternate names such as Maroon Berets, Air Commandos, Rescue Rangers, etc. Their simple motto is “These things we do that others may live”, which inspires them and us every time. You will observe, it is a fairly small unit in the Air Force but serves as one of the most powerful ones.
Your role of a pararescuer is very critical and includes a full range personnel rescue operation.
Your entire journey to become a pararescuer is extremely difficult and requires mental stamina as well as physical strength. As candidates, you have to undergo rigorous selection process that is defined under following categories-
Preparation – This includes basic military training that can last up to 10 weeks
Assessment– Para-selection course that lasts for about a week
Initial Qualification Training– You need to undergo tough development courses of more than 60 weeks to be able to qualify to start training
Mission Qualification Training and Continuation Training are variable depending on the need of the unit.
As a pararescuer you are trained on the following grounds extremely well-
Pararescuers have been involved in many missions as well as many wars till date. You will notice, pararescuers played an important role in Vietnam War in 1970, Korean War in 1953, Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, amongst others