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Air Force Recruiters Learn About Innovations for Next-Gen Special Ops Airmen | U.S. Department of Defense
Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Jette undergoes a body composition measurement test at the 350th Battlefield Airman Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas June 28, 2018. Jette is a Special Operations recruiter based in Fresno, Calif. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

Air Force Recruiters Learn About Innovations for Next-Gen Special Ops Airmen | U.S. Department of Defense

For the first time in the Defense Department, a series of career field specialties is using human performance monitoring and a data collection system, as well as specialized recruiters.

An airman stands in a lighted pod during a body composition test.
Because of high attrition rates in its special operations career fields — pararescue, combat controller, tactical air control party and special operations weather technicians — the Air Force stood up the 350th Battlefield Airman Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, and the 330th Recruiting Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas. Recruiters also focus on the special operations support career fields: survival, evasion and resistance and explosive ordnance disposal.

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Josh Smith, the special warfare preparatory course superintendent for the 350th BATS, has been a pararescueman, or PJ, for 25 years. He said his team was tasked to stand up the squadron within 121 days. They shadowed the Army’s and Navy’s special operations programs and used their best practices to model this new program, he said.

Source: Air Force Recruiters Learn About Innovations for Next-Gen Special Ops Airmen | U.S. Department of Defense