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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


  • For entry into this specialty, completion of high school is desirable. Also, completion of a certified emergency medical technician-basic or -paramedic course is desirable.
  • Physical qualification for aircrew, parachute and marine diving duty 
  • Successful completion of the Pararescue physical ability and stamina test (PAST) 
  • ASVAB score of 44 on General  
  • Meet physical qualification for Special Warfare as outlined in AFI 48-123. Applicants must also meet physical qualifications for entry into sister service schools such as Army Jump, Freefall and Navy Dive, as applicable.
  • Possess a valid state's drivers license to operate government vehicles
  • Meet qualifications to bear firearms 
  • Eligibility for Secret security clearance


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Search and Rescue