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  USAF PARARESCUE | That Others May Live


It's a way of life - like no other. Born out of the mountainous jungles of Burma during WWII, pararescuemen save lives, regardless of personal sacrifice. They put the needs of those in danger higher than their own. PARARESCUEMEN are a close-knit team. We're professionals - dedicated to the mission and proud of our heritage.

Mission & Roles


"Pipeline" Training

  • Emergency medical treatment to save lives
  • Search and Rescue operations
  • Recovery of downed aircrews and aerospace hardware
  • NASA Space Shuttle Launch Rescue Support
  • Special Tactics in support of Interservice Special Operations

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After completion of six weeks of Basic Military Training, we spend the next 17 months training at the following schools:

  • The PARARESCUE/Combat Control
    Indoctrination Course

    10 weeks, Lackland AFB, TX
  • US Army Airborne Parachutist School
    3 weeks, Fort Benning, GA
  • US Army Combat Divers School 
    4 weeks, Key West, FL
  • US Navy Underwater Egress Training 
    1 day, Pensacola NAS, FL
  • US Air Force Basic Survival School 
    2 and a half weeks, Fairchild AFB, WA
  • US Army Military Freefall Parachutist School 
    5 weeks, Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ
  • Special Operations Combat Medic Course 
    22 weeks, Fort Bragg, NC
  • PARARESCUE Recovery Specialist Course
    20 weeks, Kirtland AFB, NM


PARARESCUEMEN proudly wear the distinguished maroon beret with the PARARESCUE flash - plus, aircrew, jump and scuba badges.

In addition to regular salary, PARARESCUEMEN are eligible to receive the following monthly bonuses:
- Pararescue Dive Pay $150
- Flight or Jump Pay $225
- PARARESCUE Proficiency Pay $275

PARARESCUEMEN earn 38 semester hours toward an associate degree in survival and rescue through the Community College of the Air Force, and are eligible for other educational benefits such as tuition assistance, and the Montgomery GI Bill.

The travel opportunities for USAF PARARESCUEMEN are endless, and there's an adventure at every turn.

Eligibility Requirements

Our standards are high. To be eligible, you must:

  • be a US citizen
  • be a volunteer
  • be a male (based on current Department of Defense policies)
  • have vision no worse than 20/100, correctable to 20/20
  • have normal color vision
  • be able to obtain a secret security clearance
  • meet specific physical fitness standards
  • be able to pass a Class III flight physical (to be completed during Basic Military Training)
  • have a general score of at least 43 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
  • be a high school graduate or have a General Education Development certificate

"Quality First"

For more information, contact your local Air Force recruiter, or write/call:

PARARESCUE/Combat Control Selection Team
1780 Carswell Avenue, Suite 2
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas 78236-5506
DSN 473-2246/2247 (Fax: 473-3475)
Commercial (210) 671-2246/2247 or 1-800-438-2696

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