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#2810 - 03/13/17 05:41 PM Pararescue contracts limited?
RedRover Offline
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Registered: 02/12/17
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Loc: Texas
I've been hearing about recruiters been told to limit their number of PJ recruits being sent in, along with class 2017001 being cancelled within the 7th week. Does anyone have any insight into what may be going on? Will it be difficult to find a slot within this year? Sorry I don't have much info, it's all just rumors but they are worrying.

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#2812 - 03/14/17 07:01 PM Re: Pararescue contracts limited? [Re: RedRover]
Yukon Offline
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Registered: 11/16/14
Posts: 845
Loc: Anchorage AK
The rumor of recruiters being told to limit numbers of PJ recruits being sent to BMT are 100% false.

The rumor of a class being cancelled (implies all students in training being removed from training) is also false.

Class 2017001 was given an unexpected 1-2 week break in training due to $3.5M of critical for safety maintenance being done on the pool. The class started back in training at week 4 after the repairs were done.

BTW, pool is on track of getting $40M of upgrades to upgrade from being a simple pool into being a high tech aquatic training center.

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#2813 - 03/14/17 07:10 PM Re: Pararescue contracts limited? [Re: Yukon]
RedRover Offline
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Registered: 02/12/17
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Thank you for your response, puts my mind at ease!

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#2816 - 03/15/17 06:18 AM Re: Pararescue contracts limited? [Re: RedRover]
ShortyZ99 Offline
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Registered: 11/19/14
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Loc: Virginia
Actual footage of what happened to class 2017001... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPxiXGr9nFM


Edited by ShortyZ99 (03/15/17 06:18 AM)

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#2817 - 03/15/17 08:01 AM Re: Pararescue contracts limited? [Re: RedRover]
Yukon Offline
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Ownership of the pool transferred from the base to the 350th Battlefield Airman Training Group when it activated back in in June 2016. Thus the pool is used by all the BA AFSC courses operating at the Medina Training Annex- Lackland AFB, TX. The maintenance closure affected more than class 2017001.

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At JBSA-Lackland, for the first time in U.S. military history, the first unit solely dedicated to train the service’s ground component was activated June 2, 2016.

The 350th Battlefield Airman Training Group activation streamlined training for the Air Force's conventional and special operations ground forces which include combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weathermen and tactical air control party Airmen.

“Much like when the Air Force separated from the Army in 1947 to have Airmen lead air power, this allows Battlefield Airmen leaders to lead Battlefield Airmen training across the entire enterprise,” said Col. Ronald Stenger, the inaugural commander of the BA TG and special tactics officer. “Our mission at the Battlefield Airmen Training Group is to select, train and mentor Airmen for global combat operations.”

The activation of the group and squadrons will reduce costs and increase efficiencies across the pipeline to produce highly-qualified Battlefield Airmen, cutting the training locations from 16 sites to eight. The squadrons consolidate and organize already existing training courses under BA leadership.

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