Special Ops Pararescue
Pararescuers are highly skilled airmen who are ready to risk their lives to save others. Pararescuers are part athlete, part warrior, part airborne, part SCUBA diver and part medic, but their skills do not end there. Pararescuers train in many disciplines and maintain a readiness to respond to situations anywhere on or above the planet.
Pararescuer – A Day at the Office
Operating on land air or sea, Air National Guard pararescuers perform a variety of duties. Pararescuers jump, swim or walk into hostile areas to perform rescue, information gathering or asset recovery missions. Because pararescuers operate in hostile territory, they must be able to move and communicate covertly. A day in the life of a pararescuer may include rehearsing for a mission, loading aircraft, providing classified briefings, jumping into enemy territory, moving undetected to rescue a downed air crew, performing on-site triage and emergency medical care, communicating with an airborne extraction team and finally, loading wounded and escaping – all covertly.
Pararescuers also respond to national disasters. Sept. 13, 2008 hurricane Ike hit Galveston Texas. The Air National Guard 176th Wing was there with two helicopters and 30 wing members performing search-and-rescue missions. Combined rescue efforts allowed over 2,900 people to be rescued from rising waters and other dangers.
If being a hero, serving the U.S. and a career of adventure sound good to you, then becoming an Air National Guard pararescuer may be a great career choice. Basic service in the Air National Guard is one weekend a month and two weeks per year with a six year commitment. Guard members work with a unit near their residence. Deployment is possible, but volunteers typically deploy first.
If you have no prior service, you must be between the ages of 17 and 40, and pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery written test. Pararescue recruits also benefit from experience as EMT or paramedic and completion of a high school diploma, although these are not required.
Besides becoming someone who serves your country, you will also become a member of the elite special operations community. Also, you will be paid regularly, qualify for tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance and occasionally, free air travel.