Pararescuemen, or Pararescue Jumpers (PJs), of AFSOC Special Tactics Squadrons and Air Combat Command Rescue Squadrons, are special operators tasked with retrieving personnel from hostile environments.
A typical Pararescue mission would entail insertion by helicopter behind enemy lines in order to find, treat and extract friendly forces such as a downed pilot or wounded special operator. PJs train to jump into water from hovering helicopters. They can also insert by parachute.
The motto of the Pararescuemen is: "That others may live"
Pararescuemen training covers:
- parachute training (both basic and HALO)
- combat diving
- underwater egress training
- basic survival
- paramedic training
- pararescue recovery specialist course