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In our job, just getting to work is extreme. We freefall out of an aircraft and use our ram-air parachute to land at a precise location - on land or at sea. We operate on airfields with motorcycles, travel cross-country on skis, or climb mountains - these are just a few of the ways we get to work. When we get to the job, we can save lives or take them, whatever the mission requires. 
We're Air Force Special Tactics, and our motto is "First There...That Others May Live." Our team members perform one of four important jobs: Combat Control, Pararescue, Special Operations Weather or Tactical Air Control Party.

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tabCombat Control 

"First There"
Trained FAA air traffic controller who deploys first into hostile or denied territory to survey and secure assault and landing zones. They can guide in military aircraft or direct precision attack from fighters and bombers. More 

Training Requirements
Prior Service, Retrainee Combat Control Information Sheet

How can I prepare for CCT selection?

tabAFSOC Pararescue  
"That Others May Live"Trained paramedics who can locate and save injured personnel in any environment on the planet. They can defend their patients and themselves during combat or special operations missions.  The pararescue career field is owned by Air Combat Command, however a select few join units in Air Force Special Operations Command. Training requirements are identical.  More 

Training Requirements

Prior Service, Retrainee Pararescue Information Sheet

How can I prepare for PJ Indoc?
tabSpecial Operations Weather 
"Weather Warriors"Meteorologist who provides immediate and accurate weather information and forecasts deep behind enemy lines. They are proficient in a multitude of lightweight weather and communications equipment in addition to weapons. More 

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tabTactical Air Control Party 
TACPPerforms and manages Tactical Air Control Party operations.  They provide Air Force assistance and expertise in planning and controlling combat air resources. They also operate and supervise communications nets to support Army ground maneuver units. 

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tabOfficer Career Opportunities 
Special Tactics Officers
Special Tactics Officers command special operations forces behind enemy lines to conduct the nation's most demanding missions. They lead Special Tactics teams in combat, seizing and controlling airstrips, guiding deadly airstrikes, and rescuing US personnel in harm's way.

Think you have what it takes? Watch and find out...

Special Tactics Officer Overview

STO application, deadline: July 25, 2014

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tabContact an Air Force Special Operations Recruiter Liaison 
To find out if you're eligible to join Special Tactics, view our FAQs or contact a local recruiter.
Q&A    Contact a local recruiter

If you are in the Air Force Delayed Entry Program and want to talk to a ST recruiter liaison, e-mail the following:
  • your name, address and phone number
  • specific questions not addressed in the FAQ document 
If you are a combat controller, pararescuemen or a special operations weathermen and interested in becoming a recruiter liaison click here.
tabPhysical Ability Stamina Test  
The PAST is designed to test for a minimum fitness level for entry into the CCT/SOWT/PJ training pipeline. Candidates should  train throughout their cross-training application and recruiting process, to exceed these minimums to enhance their chances of success.

Candidates must pass every element of the PAST. As of June 1, 2011, the PAST requirements are:

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