Pararescue is a component of the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR)
force and part of Air Force Special Operations Command Special Tactics
Teams (STS). Pararescue forces, or "PJ's" are deployed
worldwide to rescue isolated personnel and assets.
The varied missions
of the Pararescue jumpers include providing survival and evasion
assistance, medical care and security in adverse geographic and
environmental conditions on land or water. Candidates must already
be trained combat divers, parachuters and skydivers before even
being accepted into the rigorous twenty week long Pararescue School.
In Afghanistan, PJs have been active conducting search and rescue