SOURCE: Air Force Reserve

February 01, 2007 09:41 ET

The Air Force Reserve Offers Unique Part-time Jobs

Want to Hike, Scuba Dive and Free Fall While Learning a Little Medicine?

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 1, 2007 -- If you have an interest in medicine, like parachuting, rock climbing, swimming, scuba diving, and camping, we've got a part-time job that might appeal to you. The Air Force Reserve is looking for U.S. citizens to become Pararescuemen, referred to as PJs. PJs are specifically trained for personnel recovery in humanitarian and combat situations.

PJs will be describing their mission and training at the Air Force Reserve Booth at the "Aerospace and Arizona Days 2007" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on March 17 and 18 and "Show of Force 2007" at Luke Air Force Base on March 24 and 25. There will also be tryouts for the Pararescue Mission on March 19 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tuscon.

"This job isn't for everyone. It's one of the toughest jobs in the Air Force, but there's nothing like the rush of saving lives," said Lt. Col. Theodore Bale, 306th Rescue Squadron commander.

PJs are always near the 'hot spots' of the world, supporting those in combat, but also able to assist in cases of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. They've helped those at sea in need of medical assistance, people trapped in airplane crashes, even some stranded on mountains. PJs are looking for people who are ready to adopt their motto -- "That Others May Live."

The PJs are part of an elite highly trained, physically fit group of men. Those wishing to join must first be U.S. Citizens, and then must pass a Physical Ability and Stamina Test, which includes calisthenics and running and swimming tests. Those selected will work through nine training sessions, and will eventually earn an EMT-Pararescue certification through the National Registry. Other classes include static line and free-fall parachutist schools, scuba diving, mountaineering, and survival training under diverse conditions.

The concept of the Pararescuemen was born in 1943, when the first medical corpsman was air-dropped to a downed aircrew on the China-Burma border. As the mission became formalized, these parachuting corpsmen were called Para-jumpers or PJs.

The Pararescuemen are one specialized group in the Air Force Reserve, a team of more than 70,000 men and women, who serve to keep America safe.

Note: This release contains a Public Service Announcement for the Air Force Reserve Pararescuemen. Broadcast quality copies of the PSA and B-roll of PJ training are available upon request. Also, interviews can be arranged with PJ representatives.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Marlene DeMarco