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AFSC 13D4, Staff
AFSC 13D3, Qualified
AFSC 13D1, Entry

Specialty Summary. Provides assault zone reconnaissance and assessments, terminal control, and personnel recovery (PR). Manages day-to-day operations of PR activities to coordinate PR system and organize, train and equip assigned personnel to conduct rescue and recovery operations; manages space survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) programs; and surveys, establishes, and controls the aerospace surface interface in objective areas. Deploys as team member, team leader or mission commander as a direct combatant or to command and battle staffs to provide subject matter expertise to plan for and manage command and control for special reconnaissance, terminal control and PR operations. Related DOD Occupational Group: 2E.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Plans missions and manages PR, SERE, and control of the aerospace interface in objective areas. Supports joint and combined forces engaged in conventional and special operations air, ground, and maritime military operations. Advises on readiness of forces based on force status reports, inspections, training exercise and evaluation results. Coordinates, plans, and conducts PR missions, emergency trauma care, movement and medical evaluation of personnel.

Ensures PR activities are organized, and teams and units are trained and equipped to perform the full spectrum of Air Force and joint PR. Inspects and evaluates PR activities, functions, and personnel.

Coordinates, plans and conducts reconnaissance, surveillance and terminal control. Conducts reconnaissance, surveillance, survey or assessments of potential objective airfields and assault zones.

Provides air traffic control (ATC) services for expeditionary airfields and assault zones. Ensures safe, orderly, and expeditious air traffic flow in and around the terminal area. Provides terminal attack control (TAC) for Air Force, joint and coalition strike and bomber aircraft. Establishes command and control communications. Provides limited weather observations. Gathers and reports intelligence information. Removes obstacles or unexploded ordnance with demolitions, and provides and enables operational interface between aerospace assets and surface forces.

Ensures special tactics (ST) teams are organized, trained, and equipped to perform reconnaissance terminal control.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. The following knowledge is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

13D3X. Maps and charts; command and control principles and procedures; combat search and rescue principles and procedures; flight characteristics of aircraft; communications, signaling devices, and tactical communications procedures; personal protection and sustenance; rough terrain movement and mountain or adverse terrain recoveries and technical rescue, survival techniques; small unit tactics and field leadership; evasion. Employment methods to include fast rope, rope ladder, hoist, and rappelling; overland movement; amphibious operations to include scuba infiltration; and parachuting operations to include static-line and military free-fall parachuting procedures.

13D3A. Rescue and recovery operations planning; global SERE and PR principles, procedures, and techniques including rescue and emergency parachuting; evasion and assisted evasion; nuclear, chemical, and biological survival; resistance to exploitation; prisoner of war communications; escape from captivity; physiology and psychology of survival; land and water navigation and travel; assisted recovery mechanisms; post egress, recovery, and life support equipment; rough terrain movement and mountain and adverse terrain recoveries and technical rescue; and underwater search and recovery and para-scuba.

13D3B. ATC principles, procedures, and regulations; navigational aids and systems; International Civil Aviation Organization and Federal Aviation Administration regulations; meteorology; demolition to clear obstructions and hazards; terminal attack control operations; Foreign Internal Defense operations; counterterroism operations; and special reconnaissance missions.

Education. For entry into this specialty, undergraduate academic specialization in a technical discipline with courses in administration and management is desirable.

Training. Completion of the following training courses is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

13D3X (courses common to both suffixes):

Combat Diver Qualification.

Airborne (Parachutist).

Military Freefall Parachutist.

Combat Survival Training.

Underwater Egress.


Pararescue Indoctrination Course.

S-V90-A Water Survival.

S-V81-A Survival Familiarization Phase.

Evasion Phase.

Joint Airborne Command and Control Course.

Emergency Medical Technician, Basic.

Pararescue Course.


Combat Control School.

Special Tactics Advance Skills Training Program (includes Combat Diver Qualifications, Military Free-fall Parachutist, and Personnel Recovery 101).

Air Traffic Control School.

Experience. The following experience, excluding the training identified in paragraph 3, is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

13D3A. A minimum of 12 months of experience in rescue or recovery mission assignments.

13D3B. A minimum of 12 months of experience in special tactics assignments and certification as a combat controller.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into AFSC 13D1X, physical qualification for marine diving and parachutist duty according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards.

For entry into 13D1A, physical qualification for aircrew duty according to AFI 48-12

For entry into 13D1B, physical qualification for ATC duty according to AFI 48-12

For award and retention of 13D3X, qualification as a parachutist and scuba diver.

For award and retention of 13D3A, maintain combat ready status as prescribed in AFI 16-1203, Pararescue Training and Evaluation Program.

For award and retention of 13D3B, maintain combat ready status as prescribed by AFI 13-219, Special Tactics Operator Standards and Evaluation Program.

Specialty Shredouts:

A................................................. Combat Rescue
B ................................................ Special Tactics

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Above Information Derived from AFMAN 36-2105


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