SAVING THE LIVES OF FELLOW AIRMEN
YOU DON’T APPLY, YOU PROVE.
SWIPE TO SEE THE TRAINING PIPELINE TO BECOME A PJ.
BASIC MILITARY TRAINING (BMT)
7.5 weeks/Lackland AFB, TX
The first step to becoming an Airman happens in BMT where trainees learn military structure, the core values of the U.S. Air Force, and to prepare both mentally and physically for life as an Airman.LEARN MORE
SPECIAL WARFARE PREPARATORY COURSE (SW PREP)
Eight weeks/Lackland AFB, TX
If they have what it takes to join Air Force Special Warfare, it will be revealed here. Candidates will undergo intense strength and conditioning training by running, rucking and swimming extensively. They’ll also learn about the rich history of Special Warfare, Esprit De Corps and ultimately take the Initial Fitness Test (IFT) to see if they’ll move on to tech training.
SPECIAL WARFARE ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION COURSE
Four weeks/Lackland AFB, TX
This is the moment candidates must prove they are worthy to advance in CCT training or find another career field.
SPECIAL WARFARE PRE-DIVE COURSE
Four weeks/Lackland AFB, TX
Pre-dive prepares candidates physically and mentally for the rigors of combat dive school. It consists of intense calisthenics, middle- and long-distance running, swimming and, most importantly, water-confidence training.
SPECIAL WARFARE COMBAT DIVE COURSE
Five weeks/Panama City, FL
Becoming an expert diver happens here. Building upon what they learned during the pre-dive course, PJs undergo extensive combat dive training so they can render medical aid whenever, wherever.
Five weeks/Fort Benning, GA
When an aircraft goes down, it’s often in the middle of nowhere, which means PJs must airdrop in to help the survivors. During airborne training, they learn basic parachuting and prepare for static line jump operations.
MILITARY FREE-FALL COURSE
Four weeks/Yuma, AZ; Jamul, CA
In addition to being certified paramedics, PJs are also advanced skydivers. This is where they take that next step by building on the training they received at airborne school.
Three weeks/Fairchild AFB, WA
Special Warfare Airmen conduct missions in some of the most extreme and hostile places on the planet. This is where they receive survival, evasion, resistance and escape training that will likely one day save their lives.
PARARESCUE EMT-B COURSE
Seven weeks/Kirtland AFB, NM
The primary job of a PJ is to provide medical aid to downed personnel. This is the first step in how to do that by learning basic emergency medical training.
PARARESCUE EMT-P COURSE
30 weeks/Kirtland AFB, NM
After obtaining the fundamentals of emergency medicine, PJ candidates continue onto advanced medical training where they learn additional lifesaving procedures in pressure situations in order to become certified paramedics.
PARARESCUE APPRENTICE COURSE
22 weeks/Kirtland AFB, NM
PJs are combat medics and rescue specialists who will often find themselves in the middle of a war zone. This is where they learn to apply their training under pressure while obtaining fundamental combat skills utilizing a range of weapons and strategies.
GET SPECIAL WARFARE READY.
SWIPE TO SEE WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BECOME A PJ, SO YOU CAN PREPARE BEFORE ENTERING THE PIPELINE.
Swim 25 meters underwater
Swim 500 meters (breaststroke, sidestroke and freestyle)
Run 1.5 miles
Pull-ups in one minute
Sit-ups in two minutes
Push-ups in two minutes