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Mission  - To rescue, recover, and return American or Allied forces in times of danger or
extreme duress. Whether shot down or isolated behind enemy lines; surrounded, engaged,
wounded, or captured by the enemy; PJs will do whatever required to deny the enemy a
victory and bring our warriors home to fight another day. "Leave no Airman, Marine,
Soldier, or Sailor behind" is our nation's supreme promise and responsibility to our brave
war fighters. The Air Force holds true to this moral imperative. Personnel Recovery is an
Air Force Core Function; one of twelve functions the Air Force provides the nation. The
PJs are the elite ground forces that provide our nation with the capability to execute this
noble responsibility.

Capabilites  - To execute the PR mission, Pararescue teams assault, secure, and
dominate the rescue objective area utilizing any available DoD or Allied, air, land, or sea
asset. Their qualifications and capabilities are extensive. All PJs are qualified experts in
Advanced Weapons and Small Unit Tactics, Airborne and Military Free Fall, both High
Altitude Low Opening (HALO) and High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) parachute
operations, Combat Divers, High Angle/Confined Space Rescue operations, Small
Boat/Vehicle Craft utilization, Rescue Swimmers, and Battlefield Trauma/Paramedics. All
can fast rope/rappel/hoist from any vertical lift aircraft to both land and open ocean rescue
objectives. All PJs can perform both static line and HALO jump operations utilizing boats,
vehicles, or other equipment from any fixed wing aircraft. In addition, 1 in 12 personnel are
tandem jump qualified and can HALO/HAHO both equipment and non-jump personnel into
the objective area. As required, all PJs can jump in with and utilize extrication devices to
remove war fighters or civilians trapped in wreckage or collapse structures. PJs also utilize
the latest subsurface technology to locate and recover submerged equipment or
personnel. The Air Force has standardize and modernize mission essential equipment
utilized in extrication, surface/underwater search and recovery, airborne infiltration and ex
filtration, and ground recovery operations. PJs live and abide by their motto: These things
we do... "That Others May Live".
Air Force Pararescuemen, also known as PJs, are the only DoD  combat forces
specifically organized, trained, equipped, and postured to conduct full spectrum Personnel
Recovery (PR) to include both conventional and unconventional combat rescue
operations. These Battlefield Airmen are the most highly trained and versatile Personnel
Recovery specialists in the world. Pararescue is the nation's force of choice to execute the
most perilous, demanding, and extreme rescue missions anytime, anywhere across the
globe. PJs are assigned to Guardian Angel and Special Tactics Squadrons throughout the
Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Air Force components. They operate most often as
independent teams but routinely serve alongside with  US and Allied Special Operations
Forces. PJs themselves are considered a weapon system based in both their human and
equipment capabilities – formulated to execute Air Force Combat Search and Rescue
(CSAR) and Personnel Recovery.
Bottom-line  - During qualification training many Airmen fail to meet the Pararescue
program's exceptionally high standards. Many more self-eliminate during training because
of the intense physical requirements and overwhelming mental stress. The acceptance
program has a washout rate of 90%, the highest washout rate of any military program.
Very few individuals make the cut. The physical and mental intensity is necessary to create
a highly qualified unit of Airmen and build trust between PJs. Each PJ knows they can
depend on their team mates when the mission goes south. When on an operational
mission lives are at stake. PJs can assess a situation quickly and react instinctively in the
most hazardous, high-stress combat situations. Pararescuemen don't lose and refuse to
quite, no matter the challenge at hand.
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