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AF Pararescue questions

Discussion in 'The US Air Force Forum' started by habu3, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. habu3


    Aug 17, 2005
    Northern VA
    My son is very interested in becoming a PJ. He is currently a sophomore and is taking Army JROTC (yeah I know, but that is what they offer at his school). He participates in a JROTC team called Raiders which trains and competes in similar categories and evolutions like the Army Rangers and has been training in martial arts for several years.

    Are there any PJs here on GT and if so, do you have any words of wisdom for him? Are there any sources of information on the training program, pre-qualifications, etc.? I know he will have to take the PAST, but I have no idea of the current standards.

    Is the AF currently recruiting PJs? I know it is a pretty small career field.


    Ted USAF MSgt Ret.
  2. nognig


    Apr 16, 2004

  3. najaboy


    Mar 18, 2002
    Melbourne, FL
    I'm not a PJ, but I've spent most of my career in CSAR units. The AF, AFRES, and ANG are always in search of PJs because of the high washout rate. Roughly a bit over three out of four Airmen who are accepted into training end up washing out.

    Passing the PAST is the "easy" part of it all. Making it through the pipeline is a whole other matter.

    For more information, check out and
  4. Rob96

    Rob96 Millennium Member

    Aug 21, 1999
    Allentown, PA.
    Besides being at fitness, high inteliigence is required as well. Swimming is a big part of the fitness. While I was in tech school becoming an SP I was able to talk to a few that washed out, and they all washed out on the swimmng aspect. As it was put to me, the USAF took the most grueling traing from Army SOF, Navy SEAL and so forth and put it all together, creating the training for the PJ's.
  5. habu3


    Aug 17, 2005
    Northern VA
    Thanks for the input guys. The links to the sites are really helpful. I think it is time to start my son on a stricter training and fitness program. He is a pretty good swimmer, but a 1K swim will be interesting. I guess we have to start spending time at the pool.

    Darn the bad luck.

    Thanks again!
  6. stuhrw


    Apr 8, 2006
    Anchorage, AK
    Yup....buddy of mine made it all the way thru and washed out in the pool. Apparently, they weight you down and you have to walk across the bottom. He made it 3/4 of the way and then passed out and crapped himself. That was it! He made a helluva good machinist/welder though!! :)
  7. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    We had a couple ex- TACP and PJ attemptees when I went through Security Forces tech school too.

    For the PJs it was the water.

    Drowning was not very fun apparently and/or being in the water 95 times a day. :)
  8. Kalmah

    Kalmah Supreme Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    I went to OTS with a PJ. He said, surprisingly, the guys who washed out the quickest were the marathon runners and triathlete types. Everyone will lose a lot of weight during training, and the guys who already had very low body fat just couldn't afford to lose that weight.