Air Force

1T2X1:Pararescue – PJ’s (1T2X1)

They perform, lead, instruct, and evaluate pararescue missions. They work as part of personnel recovery, including in a rapid response capacity. They also provide emergency trauma and field medical care.


Is there a clearance required?: Yes

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Combat


Military Duties:

What makes being a ‘PJ’ so tough is that they are part Special Forces soldier and part Paramedic. They also have to know how to parachute, operate in water, survive in the wild, and do other required PJ tasks such as repelling from helicopters. That’s why it takes almost two years of training to become a certified Pararescueman. This is one of the longest Special Forces training regimens in the world. It also explains why this Air Force career training path has one of the highest attrition rates in the entire U.S. special operations community at better than 80%.

Military Duties Translated:

Secures premises and personnel by patrolling property; monitoring surveillance equipment; inspecting buildings, equipment, and access points; permitting entry. Obtains help by sounding alarms. Prevents losses and damage by reporting irregularities; informing violators of policy and procedures; restraining trespassers. Controls traffic by directing drivers. Completes reports by recording observations, information, occurrences, and surveillance activities; interviewing witnesses; obtaining signatures. Maintains environment by monitoring and setting building and equipment controls. Maintains organization's stability and reputation by complying with legal requirements. Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; evaluating new equipment and techniques. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Security Officer