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For all those Air Force Pararescue out there, was it worth it?

I am currently in the process of trying to get into CCT or PJ and want to save lives and be able to help out and know that I helped someone survive. my question to you is.. is it worth every minute of it? Do you regret anything? I am struggling with it because I want to make a career out of being an airline pilot because i love flying, but somethings dragging me towards PJ and helping people! I know that the airlines get paid well.. but I not sure if id ever get to that point if i did PJ or CCT. Help me out please!

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fritzmerde

Let me say this Airline pilots used to make a lot of money, those days are gone-you'll make a good living, I think the best part is the flying itself. I had y 6B JUMP master and my 1a271 loadmaster positions. I went through the same courses, land survival, water survival etc. The job that the PJs do is good s*** .I've never seen 1 at a bar that had to pay for their drinks. The training is difficult but not impossible (hint--if you show up in top notch shape, it'll be easy. I've never heard any PJ or CCT have any regrets, it's a small community and your friends will be there for life. They're high energy, young guys that just want to help out both the military and civilian folks. Good luck on your decision .

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My dads been a load master for a c130 for 25 years and he loves it, and he said if i want to do PJ go for it! He knows a few PJ but I haven't had the chance to talk to any of them yet! But my dad did say its a great job saving lives, and you become part of a brotherhood and I want to give it all I got and have a job I can wake up to every day and be able to say i love what i do!
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What's your dads first name? I may know him, the LM field is pretty small also
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Where are you a load master at?
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fritzmerde
It looks like you already have a grasp on infosec--awesome. That's 1 of the worst things, with a top-secret or even a secret clearance your lips are sealed. You'd be surprised the amount of info folks will put through the interne. I love flying, especially helos. I had no intentions of flying fixed wing commercial, but the rotor craft job market dried up. I can't complain, all of my instruction and flight time were free thanks to friends. Embry Riddle had opened satellite campuses at a few military posts so you could earn your credits there. The dumbest thing I did was to major in aviation. Not that I didn't enjoy it, but the HR folks all told me that they wanted to see a more rounded education and person. The problem with the airlines is that you may be working 1 month and not the next 6. Anyway go with your heart, there's nothing that says you cant do both. Wow some replies make me feel like an old man.I attended the same survival schools, went through beating and advanced beating with them and had a blast---I was 38 at the time, and there was 1 guy older than me. Stay in good physical shape, but it's what is between your ears that makes the difference. Good luck, you'll do what's best for you
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Yeah i was going to get my degree in aviation! while i went to school i was wanting to be in the air guard! but thanks for all the info you helped me more then you think!
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Dalegas

Im not pararescue but AF. First of all not anyone can be a combat controller. It is a very elite career field that requires the highest physical requirements. A high percentage will drop out. If you make it you will have to be constantly physically training everyday. If you are build for it then it a good choice but its still a tough decision. Theyre all interelated but I would suggest pilot. As you get older it will become a struggle to maintain shape. The best part of the CCT is it like family for life.

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