These are the members of special operations who jump out of planes and SCUBA in order to recover and save their fellow aircrew. Pararescuemen, or PJs, are also paramedics and go through some of the most intense schools in the Department of Defense.
Combat Controllers are the experts in air support coordination. This group of special operations works incredibly close with the Army’s Special Forces and NAVY SEALs in order to provide close air support, air traffic control and communications.
Combat weathermen are specifically trained by the Air Force to provide weather information to the special forces units. You can only imagine how important weather data are to the planning and carrying out of military missions.
SERE stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape. These battlefield airmen train other military members on how to act and respond while in hostile environments.
EOD technicians are responsible for safely removing and destroying bombs and improvised explosive devices in the field. These members spend every day training on identifying, handling and disposing of explosives.
The BA initiative encompasses the following specific Air Force Specialties (AFSC).