July 8, 2012

A Day In The Life: USAF Pararescue Indoctrination Course

This is it. You’ve made it though the US Air Force’s MEPS, you took the oath, and went off to basic training.

You weren’t one of those types who just thought you’d sort out a job when you got there, oh no. You always knew what you wanted. You wanted to be with the best, be part of an elite team.


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is a retired USAF PJ, current U.S. government contractor, and lover of sandwiches. He can often be found peddling a rusty beach cruiser around the beaches of San Diego, smoking dried banana peels and arguing with hippies.

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  • cj8795

    bkgreenfeet cj8795 bkgreenfeet,  WHEW!  I was afraid to read this for fear of being reprimanded! :)   Thank you for the pleasant comments. I'm trying to not ramble, so bear with me.  I don't let one person taint  what I think of others(mostly).  Some comments here, about segregating special operators from "RA", et al., DOES bother me, in that I think it would cause...disdain, perhaps.  (and "beard envy."  Really???? I never heard a guy talk about that)  While y'all have proven your endurance and tenacity, I would not be quick to dismiss the talents of RA (as with any job, there is a percentage there, not 100%.)  Instead of segregating yourselves, TEACH, tactics to the "common folk" (ha! ha!) in the military... it will/would be invaluable, and make a stronger, united team. Eh??    Thanks again.

  • bkgreenfeet

    cj8795 It is possible... there are several guard/reserve units; I think this is one of the best jobs in the military. I agree with you on the sentiment about SOF guys... too often, they (we) tend to think of themselves as "better" than others because of the selection process. Try not to let it form your opinion that we're all like that, though. Thanks for reading!

  • cj8795

    I worked with a PA who was (think still is--Reserves now, if that is possible?) a PJ.  I TOTALLY respect him for achieving this high accomplishment.  I do not, however, allow that respect to dismiss his ...total jerk attitude as a PA... lost respect in that area. I mention this only because... well, because I was disappointed in him, I guess.  Don't let your PJ, SF, SEAL, whatever status make you a complete jerk in "regular" life--especially when other lives are at stake. (yeah, I read the '5 Traits of a Special Ops guy' and "get" that....

  • southernbelle

    Started watching "Inside Combat Rescue." I didn't know anything about their training/selection, but, as someone else said, I got tired just reading about it. lol Dudes are hard core.

  • NMOne

    I'm sure inquiring minds want to know about the 'alternate' water confidence training....