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AF Pararescue & Survival Orientation Course-Advanc

THIS ACTIVITY WILL NOT BE HELD IN 2024 - Check back next year.


About the Activity:

The mission of APJOC is threefold: Orient CAP Cadets to the USAF Pararescue, Survival, and Combat Rescue Officer career fields; introduce CAP Cadets to certain Pararescue/Special Tactics Team operations; demonstrate to CAP Cadets that one can progress far beyond perceived limits.  APJOC is the second course in the PJOC program and is designed to build upon skills learned at PJOC and give cadets a more in-depth understanding of the Guardian Angel Weapon System (GA) of the United States Air Force. The APJOC curriculum goes far beyond that of PJOC by introducing the student to Pararescue/Special Tactics Team Operations, Technical Rescue, Medical, Survival, Team Building, and Rigorous Physical Conditioning.

GA is organized into nine specific capabilities: Prepare, Mission Plan, Insert, Movement, Actions on Objective, Medically Treat, Extract, Reintegrate, and Adapt. For 10 training days APJOC pairs cadets with an active duty or reserve USAF Rescue or Special Tactics Squadron. For more details on GA please visit:  Guardian Angel Factsheet , Guardian Angel Factsheet #2

Contact for Activity:

Website for Activity:

Eligibility Requirements:

Note: Cadets enrolled in Cadet Wings are not eligible for national activities until they complete the program or disenroll.

Cadets and staff applying for the PJOC activity must be able to maintain high-energy periods, perform/serve in challenging field conditions, and sustain a lengthy daily schedule while working in a team environment.


  • 16 years of age at activity start Completed Encampment and recorded in eServices at time of application

  • Prior PJOC Graduate

  • Physical Participation Category I - Unrestricted*

  • Take proctored Physical Fitness Evaluation Physical Fitness Examination Demonstration

  • Must be able to swim 500m unassisted by the start of the activity

  • If selected, your unit must certify that you have successfully passed the Physical Fitness Evaluation at your home squadron as verified on two separate affidavits signed by your squadron commander or designee and a parent/guardian/financially responsible party.

  • A Physical Fitness Evaluation will be administered on training day one of the activity. If you do not pass, you will be sent home at your own expense.

*APJOC is a very physically strenuous activity in austere conditions.




Prior PJOC/APJOC graduate


Senior Members: 

Pararescue, CRO, SERE, military, or special tactics experience; or a former PJOC / APJOC graduate 
Excellent physical condition
Highly self-motivated and willing to learn
Must be able to conduct PT with cadets 



Pararescue, CRO, SERE, or medical background preferred.  Must be in excellent physical condition to lead physical challenges for cadets.

How to Apply

Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System.  Applicants will need to complete the application to include uploading the following documents in PDF format to the supplemental tab of their eServices application.  All staff must apply via eServices, or they will not receive credit for the activity in their records. For staff applicants, you will be contacted to let you know whether or not you have not been selected. Applications will be accepted from 1 December onward.  To be considered for priority placement status, the completed application including supplemental documents must be submitted by 15 January.  Applications submitted after 15 January are accepted but are marked "late" and will be considered AFTER all applications submitted before the deadline. Priority timelines do not apply to staff applications. In addition, accomplish the following: 


No additional application instructions


No additional application instructions


NOTE:  If you are from another component or branch of service and would like to work at this activity, we may be able to help you come permissive TDY or in some cases, cross-org fund TDY.  Please contact to indicate your interest in working at this activity.

Important Information:

Use the following course numbers to verify you are selecting the correct activity in the eServices "Preferences" tab of your application.  Activities appear alphabetically, but will have the course number next to them in the tab. You can download a sortable spreadsheet on the homepage for a complete listing of activity course numbers. If you can't see the course number on your device, try changing the zoom on the page.

  • eServices Short Name: AF PJOC    

  • Cadet Participant Course #: 211

  • Staff Participant Course #: 212

  • Activity Full Name: AF Pararescue & Survival Orientation Course-Advanced

Only Advanced Course offered at Davis-Monthan in 2023. Use this link to jump to description for Basic Course at Kirtland AFB NM.

Financial Support:

Go to the eServices CadetInvest Module and apply for Cadet Lift and Take-Off Program Cadet (TOP), to be considered for needs-based financial assistance or NCSA scholarships.  Also apply for flight scholarships. These programs are designed to offset costs associated with attending some NCSAs, as well as flight academies. They include payment of your activity fees and transportation to and from the activity. Go to the CadetInvest pages for more details. Deadline to apply for scholarships and financial assistance is 31 December. Being offered financial assistance is not a guarantee of acceptance into an activity. You must compete for and receive a slot at an activity. You will be notified if you are a recipient of financial aid/scholarship before you are required to accept or decline a slot at an activity.  

Graduation Requirements 

  • Actively participate in 80% of the contact hours and not dismissed early for behavior

  • Activity Director determines course objectives met


  • Staff will provide transportation between Tucson International Airport (TUS) and the activity location.

  • Required Staff Training on TBD.


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