Combat Rescue Officer

When servicemen are injured and rendered immobile on the front lines, their life depends on a swift, effective evacuation. Responsible for organizing and strategizing recovery operations, Combat Rescue Officers provide the insights and skill essential for rescue missions to succeed. These highly capable and courageous Airmen not only train, equip and develop necessary survival skills in rescue personnel, but will often deploy into direct combat as members of the rescue team themselves.

Relevant Interests and Skills

  • Emergency Management Response
  • Intelligence
  • Special Operations
  • Health Medicine
  • Health Technicians Specialists

Career Tasks

  1. Provide command and control of full spectrum personnel recovery operations.
  2. Lead Pararescue Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) operations.
  3. Assess readiness through training exercises, inspections and evaluation results.
  4. Strategize and conduct rescue and recovery operations.
  5. Manage rescue programs and training.
  6. Direct short- and long-term survival and evasion assistance.

Service Commitment A Duty and an Honor

After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, cadets accept a commission as second lieutenants in the Air Force or Space Force, appointed by the President of the United States. The length of your initial service commitment depends on your career. Most officers have a four-year, active-duty service commitment. Pilots have a 10-year, active-duty service commitment, and both Combat System Officers and Air Battle Managers have a six-year service commitment upon completion of their respective training. Nursing graduates accept a commission in the Air Force Nurse Corps and serve four years on active duty after completing their licensing examination.

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