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Pararescuemen (PJs)

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
 
Pararescuemen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron in training
Official DoD footage prodiced by Senior Airman Brandy Dirr | released to public domain
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A team of USAF Pararescuemen moves through a stream in Iraq. Note the amount of firepower on display, with several of the team armed with M203 40mm grenade launchers fitted to their M4A1 carbines. PJs are prepared to fight their way in or out in order to rescue their fallen comrades.
DoD photo by: MSGT JAMES M. BOWMAN, USAF

USAF Pararescuemen Resources

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PARARESCUE INSIGNIA
USAF Pararescue emblem
 
PARARESCUE MOTTO
"That others may live"
 
Featured SPECIAL TACTICS Photo
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Pararescumen pictured next to a HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter
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