I am engaged to my boyfriend who is in Pararescue training. He is currently in BMT we want to get married before he goes to Kirtland AFB for school the schholing is about 1 year.. will i be able to go with him? Any information about pararescue of the life in general would be great! Thanks
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Have no idea what a pararescue is or does.
If he's got his orders for his next stop, they'd have to be amended to include you after you marry. There's no time to do that between Basic and school....so you'll have to move on your own dime and live off base while he's there. Living expenses come out of your own pockets until-and if-he gets his paperwork into the school to have it reflect that you're now married....could take a couple months to get that squared away.
If you go, be prepared to find some way to fill your time with either a job or a hobby or school....he's gonna be a busy guy with no time to himself for awhile--even on the weekends for a bit.
There will be no time to get married between BMT and his pararescue tech school. You will have to wait until he is in tech school, and get married in NM or wait until he has a break from his schooling and is allowed to travel.
Wait, I just looked up the pararescue training schedule, and I don't know when you would be allowed to live with him. It looks like he will attend training in several locations and it doesn't look like any of the training is long enough for family members to join the airman until they are Kirtland, which will be several months after he graduates BMT.
He's not in pararescue training until he completes BMT and starts the 9-week Pararescue Indoctrination course. Most who report to the indoc course fail to make it through the course and are reclassified into another AFSC.
I suggest the desire to get married before he goes to Kirtland is misplaced because (1) he may never get there as a student in training to become a PJ; (2) he reports to the Indoc course on completing BMT (no leave authorized that I’m aware of); and (3) not much time between courses to authorize leave to get married.
The indoc course is the gateway to the training pipeline of Combat Diver (3 weeks, 2 days), Combat Survival to include underwater egress (18 days), US Army Airborne Course (3 weeks), and Military freefall Course (3 weeks), then subsequently to Kirtland AFB for Basic EMT (4 weeks, 2 days), Paramedic (24 weeks) and USAF Pararescue Apprentice Course (22weeks, 3 days).
You may want to go to Specialtactics (dot) com forums and ask how much time off trainees get.
You are assigned to Kirtland earlier in the pipeline than when he gets there for the PJ school, so if you are married you can come live here before the schoolhouse.
But he has to finish the OL/indoc/whatever you want to call it - which has the really high washout rate - first for sure before coming here. I think you do get to come here after that and he is assigned to Kirtland and goes TDY to all of the schools in the pipeline from here.
I am not sure when you guys will have time to get married though. My husband and I did not get married til he was out of the schoolhouse and at his first duty station and back then it was different anyway.
There are lots of the students in the schoolhouse now that are married and even having kids, so you won't be alone when you get married and move here.
My husband is a PJ so if you have any questions about what life as a wife of one is like let me know.
If you have not seen the Nat Geo special "Rescue Warriors" try to get your hands on a copy - it follows a class through the OL at Lackland and you can see what he will be going through when he does it.
Again, feel free to ask questions about life as a pj wife if you wish. We have been married over 12 yrs now and have kids so its been quite a ride.
Just wanted to add there are a bunch of clips from the Rescue Warriors series on Youtube if you wanted to take a look.
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