SOURCE: Air Force Reserve

January 30, 2007 06:41 ET

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

The Air Force Reserve Offers Unique Part-Time Jobs

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 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 Punta Gorda Air Show on March 24 and 25, the MacDill Air Force Base Air Show on March 31 and April 1, and the Ft. Lauderdale Air and Sea Show on May 5 and 6.

"This isn't an easy job, but it's one of the most rewarding ones," said SMSgt. Doug Kestranek, Pararescueman for the 308th Rescue Squadron. "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. We've helped those at sea in need of medical assistance, people trapped in airplane crashes, even some stranded on mountains. We are looking for people who are ready to adopt our 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 airdropped 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.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Marlene DeMarco
    702-435-6947

    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.