Aaron Love joined the Air Force shortly after 9/11 to become a Pararescueman, or “PJ” as they are more commonly known. PJs are expert combat medical professionals capable of providing life-saving measures in hostile areas, as part of the Air Force’s special operations force. A few missteps along the way though, nearly derailed Aaron’s pursuit of becoming a PJ. But Aaron’s desire to succeed in one the military’s most difficult training and qualification pipelines, ultimately led him to earning the title of Air Force PJ and deploying in support of the Global War on Terror. In this episode, Aaron talks about operating as a PJ in combat; the highs and lows, and what it’s like when the reality of war sets in and there’s one fellow soldier you can’t bring home alive. Today, in the true spirit and path of a Warrior, Aaron also continues to prepare the next generation of special warfare servicemembers through his own podcast and website, called “Ones Ready”, while still serving on active duty. Aaron has led an inspiring career as a PJ, and the only way to dig into it is to listen to Aaron talk about it firsthand, on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!
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Did you really ask a PJ what’s the difference between them and Coast Guard/Navy Rescue swimmers? I love your podcast, but that is one of the most disrespectful things to say to a group of guys as highly skilled and trained in pretty much everything related to combat. HG, you know waaay better than that. That’s like saying what’s the difference between an 11B who’s never deployed to a seasoned 18D.
Not for nothing, the question is prefaced with, “This is a stupid question…” Which, coming from a career Army guy is suitable and evident self-deprecation. It’s also a question that civilians who have never served or are unfamiliar with the military actually ask. Certainly a valid question in their case; not a stupid one.