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A USAF Pararescueman ascends on a hoist to an HH60G Pave Hawk in Florida
photo courtesy Department of Defense


Overview:  The primary mission of Pararescuemen is to rescue and recover downed aircrews behind enemy lines, including providing emergency medical treatment. They are trained in scuba, parachuting, snowmobiling and other disciplines necessary to reach stranded and isolated aircrews. These Reserve members also assist during natural disasters and when emergency rescue assistance is needed in any type of terrain.

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Provide assistance in and perform Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE)
  • Operate in six geographic disciplines: mountain, desert, artic, urban, jungle and water
  • Provide emergency trauma and field medical care
  • Move recovered personnel and material to safety or friendly control


  • Physical qualification for aircrew, parachute and marine diving duty
  • Successful completion of the Pararescue physical ability and stamina test (PAST)
  • Minimum score of 60 on PJ selection model completed in TAPAS
  • ASVAB score of 44 on General
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 70 pounds
  • Eligibility for Secret security clearance
  • For 3-skill level, qualification as static line and military freefall parachutist and as a military scuba diver
  • For 3-skill level, certification for Emergency Medical Technicians


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX followed by Technical Training
  • Technical Training is as at JB San Antonio-Lackland  TX –  Length of course varies
  • College credits earned: Pararescue – 50 credits

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Search and Rescue

(courtesy AF Reserve)




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