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308th Rescue Squadron


A pararescueman (PJ) is a part of the Air Force's Special Operations, or Battlefield Airmen. The PJ is a combat ready rescue and recovery specialist, who supports Air Force and special operations combat search and rescue/personnel recovery. He is a precision parachutist capable of penetrating hostile areas to aid survivors. He can parachute fully scuba-equipped, giving him a unique rescue capability. His parachuting skills include providing specialized aerospace rescue and recovery support for NASA's Space Shuttle flights. He is certified as a scuba diver and skilled in surface water operations using both scuba and amphibious procedures. He is trained as a combat medic with certification to the Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT P). With his in-depth knowledge of emergency medical treatment, he can perform emergency medical procedures in the field to correct life-threatening conditions. Training in survival methods enables the PJ to provide for the survival of others, including escape and evasion in hostile areas. The PJ is an expert with maps and compasses, capable of overland travel in any environment, and therefore trained in rappelling, skiing, snowmobiling and motorcycling. He will develop skills in mountain and Arctic regions. The PJ's job is to save lives. Pararescue is a very physically, mentally and technically demanding job, one of the best and most prestigious the Air Force has to offer. For training that transfers exceptionally well to the civilian market, an adventurous mission and an exciting lifestyle, this job is it. Prior to being accepted you must successfully complete the Physical Ability Stamina Test (P.A.S.T.)

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PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – An HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 920th Rescue Wing here, shows off its superior pilots, crew and agility during an air-to-air refueling demonstration during the Cocoa Beach Air Show Oct. 2-4, 2009. The 920th Rescue Wing is always looking for good people who want to be a part of the nation’s premier Combat Search & Rescue Wing – We need support in a variety of capacities. Stop by your local recruiter for more information. (Courtesy photo by/Robert Scott)
COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- Air Force Reserve Pararescuemen from the 308th Rescue Squadron parachute into a landing zone established in the Atlantic Ocean off Cocoa Beach as part of a ceremony honoring military men and women, both past and present from the area during a ceremony held Sep. 11 at a local restaurant on Cocoa Beach. The 920th Rescue Wing conducted a Search and Rescue operation involving Pararescuemen parachuting from unit-equipped HC-130P/N aircraft into the ocean and a rescue operation with the unit's HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter which also performed during a air-to-air refueling demonstration with the HC-130P/N. The 920th Rescue Wing will conduct similar capability demonstrations during the Cocoa Beach air show scheduled for October 2-4 at Alan Shepard Park along Highway A1A in. U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Bryan Ripple
Air Force Reservist Senior Airman Rich Boyd, 308th Rescue Squadron, pararescueman. bandages up a casualty during training at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The PJs were performing casualty assessment and extraction from a simulated improvised explosive device, or IED, attack on a convoy of vehicles Aug. 23. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Maria Eames)
Air Force Reservist Staff Sgt. Patrick Dunne, 308th Rescue Squadron pararescueman, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.,finishes up packing in preparation for his trip to Oregon where he will assist in the recovery of two climbers on Mt Hood who were never found in a search and rescue effort Dec. 2006. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chance C. Babin)
Air Force Reservist Master Sgt. James "JJ" Johnston, 308th Rescue Squadron, pararescueman. uses the jaws of life to extract casulaties from a overturned vehicle during training at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The PJs were performing casualty assessment and extraction from a simulated improvised explosive device, or IED, attack on a convoy of vehicles Aug. 23. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chance C. Babin)
Inside a gaping crevasse at 9,500 feet, Tech Sgt. Anthony Reich, pararescueman, 304th Rescue Squadron, Portland, Ore., carefully makes his way around a couple of large ice blocks that have peeled off a melting glacier on Mount Hood, Ore. September 8. Belaying Sergeant Reich with a safety rope is Staff Sgt. Patrick Dunne, pararescueman, 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The two were part of big weekend search for the bodies of two mountain climbers presumed killed during a firece December snowstorm. An additional four pararescuemen from the 304th RQS and one SERE (search evasion resistance and escape) specialist from the 943rd Rescue Group, Tuscon, Ariz., joined Sergeants Reich and Dunne on the mountain. In all their were 59 climbers, most of them volunteers from civilian moutain groups searching the high country.
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Peter Pavenski, HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter aerial gunner, 920th Rescue Wing here, throws the rope ladder to the awaiting pararescuemen below so they can climb into the hovering helicopter during a water training scenario being conducted in the Banana River near Patrick Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Leslie Kraushaar)
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. – Pararescuemen from the Air Force Reserve’s 920th Rescue Wing prepare to deploy an inflatable flotation collar during recovery testing on a mockup of the Orion crew exploration vehicle at the Trident Basin at Port Canaveral, Fla., Mar. 8. The collar is designed both to stabilize the capsule after water landing and provide a platform for recovery personnel to stand on during the operation. Orion is targeted to begin carrying humans to the International Space Station in 2015 and to the moon by 2020. Orion is part of the NASA’s Constellation Program. Reservists from the 920th provide contingency medical and recovery support for all NASA shuttle launches. The unit’s primary mission is combat search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Paul Flipse)
NEDERLAND, Texas -- Pararescuemen from the 920th Rescue Wing saved 17 people from floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. With his family safely on one of the wing's HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, a homeowner gathers the last of his belongings before being hoisted up. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Paul Flipse)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Air Force Reserve Pararescuemen from the 920th Rescue Wing gather together in Anchorage, Alaska for pre-deplyoment training in the snow covered mountains.These PJs are scheduled for deployment and traveled to Alaska to train in the snow and terrain they may face while deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Leslie Kraushaar)
Key West, Fla. - Air Force Reserve Pararescuemen, or PJs, from the 920th RQW, along with their Canadian counterparts, SARTechs, load up in an HC-130/N for their high altitude-low opening jumps during the 2009 Key West SAREX. These jump missions, at altitudes up to 35,000 feet, are part of the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions the PJs perform. They free fall for about 2,500 feet before they deploy their parachute. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff. Sgt. Leslie Kraushaar)
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force Reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing here Master Sgt. Chris Seinkner (left) and Staff Sgt. Joel Corbett, pararescuemen, demonstrate a hoist maneuver into the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during the Cocoa Beach Air Show, Oct. 2-4, 2009. To serve our nation, reservists make sacrifices to go above and beyond the commitments of civilian life - balancing the demands of family, civilian employment and military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by/ Staff Sgt. Leslie Kraushaar)
COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- An Air Force Reserve pararescuemen parachutes to his landing zone near boats from the 308th Rescue Squadron as part of a rescue demonstration in front of local civic leaders, citizens of and visitors to the Cocoa Beach community and military members during a ceremony honoring military men and women, both past and present from the area Sept. 11. The 920th Rescue Wing conducted a Search and Rescue operation involving Pararescuemen parachuting from unit-equipped HC-130P/N aircraft into the ocean and a rescue operation with the unit's HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter which also performed during a air-to-air refueling demonstration with the HC-130P/N. The 920th Rescue Wing will conduct similar capability demonstrations during the Cocoa Beach air show scheduled for October 2-4 at Alan Shepard Park along Highway A1A in. U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Bryan Ripple
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – One of the two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters from the 920th Rescue Wing here, simulates a rescue demonstration by hoisting two pararescuemen from the water during the Cocoa Beach Air Show Oct. 2-4, 2009. Saving lives is at the heart of everything we do. It doesn’t matter if it’s a downed F-16 pilot in Iraq, astronauts who have bailed out from the space shuttle, hurricane victims stranded on rooftops or a fisherman trapped aboard a sinking ship in the Atlantic Ocean. If the 920th Rescue Wing gets the call, we’re going to get them to safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Master Sgt. Bryan Ripple)

P.A.S.T. in your future?

The PAST requirements are designed to test for a minimum fitness level for entry into the PJ training pipeline. PJ candidates should continue to train throughout their recruiting process to exceed these minimums in order to enhance their chances of success. The PAST results will be recorded on an "Evaluation Worksheet" and maintained at the 308th RQS. Candidates are
encouraged to complete the test in its entirety to determine weak/strong points in his physical condition. This test is comprised of seven events; the candidate must pass every event. Failure of any event will result in the overall failure of the PAST.

Below are several documents to help prepare you for your experience with the Pararescue (PJ)Physical Ability Stamina Test (PAST)

Recruiters

If you're interested in becoming an Air Force Reserve Pararescumen, contact one of the following recruiters:

304th Rescue Squadron
4000 SE 82nd Ave Eastport Plaza
Portland, OR 97266
Commercial: (503) 772-8070

306th Rescue Squadron
1325 N Wilmot Street
Tucson, AZ 85712
Commercial: (520) 298-2322

308th Rescue Squadron
Patrick Air Force Base In-Service Recruiter/Pararescuemen Recruiter
620 O'Malley Dr.
Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. 32925
Commercial: (321) 494-1962; DSN 854-1962 
FAX: (321) 494-1235