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Combat Rescue Officer

Overview: Leaving no soldier or airman behind is a key tenet of U.S. military doctrine. Rescue and recovery operations are highly planned and coordinated activities commanded by Control and Recovery officers.  They may act as team leader, mission commander or as a direct combatant for special reconnaissance, terminal control and personnel recovery operations.

Position:  Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Plan missions and manage personnel recovery (PR),  SERE (survival, evasion, resistance and escape) and control of airspace operations 
  • Coordinate and conduct reconnaissance, surveillance and terminal control 
  • Provide air traffic control (ATC) for expeditionary airfields and assault zones 
  • Ensure personnel recovery and special tactics (ST) teams are organized, trained and equipped


  • Bachelor's Degree 
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve 
  • Physical qualification for marine diving and parachutist duty according to AFI 48-123
  • Successful completion of lead command Phase I/II selection program IAW AFGCM Sup 16-1202, Volume 2, Pararescue and Combat Rescue Officer Standardization and Evaluation
  • Eligibility for Top Secret security clearance 


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the nine week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required
  • Completion of Combat Rescue Officer Selection Course Phase 1 and 2