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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) Qualifications for PJs

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PJs and the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)

PJs and the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)

Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) has strict requirements for PJs, as pararescue personnel are known. As both trained paramedics and elite warriors, these airmen assault and secure objectives in order to save lives.

Qualifications and capabilities for these members of the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSCO) include both High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) and High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) parachute drops. PJs are also combat divers, rescue swimmers, and battlefield paramedics.

In addition to HALO jump operations, pararescue airmen must be able to remove war fighters or civilians who are trapped within collapsed structures or wreckage. They also use subsurface technology to recover submerged military equipment.

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