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What are the vision requirements to be in a SW careerfield?

PJ, CCT and Special Recon uncorrected vision can’t be worse than 20/200 in one eye and 20/70 in the other, and must be corrected to 20/20. TACP is 20/200 in both eyes uncorrected but must correct to 20/20 also for MEPS purpose you will need to pass the depth perception test.  But we can waiver that with a civilian eye consult.   

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What is the first step I should take if I am currently serving in the USAF and want to join an SW careerfield?

First step is to speak with the career advisor make sure your current AFSC can release you and that you are in your retraining window. Depending on where you are stationed (as of now) spec ops recruiters cannot give you a PAST test. So you will need to travel to a base with a STS or RQS on it and have them conduct a PAST test for your package. Keep in mind, don’t do this too early because they are only valid for approx. 6 months.     

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I am thinking about joining the National Guard so I can get some experience, stay in shape and finish my schooling. Then go PJ. Which MOS should I choose?

The Prior service program is one of the Air Force’s most selective programs. We often have prior Army, Navy and Marines that go years without jobs. Even though they have all passing PAST tests. The Air Force’s priority is new enlisted for pipeline slots, then maybe backfill with AFR or ANG students, and then finally Prior Service. So I would really recommend not going in the Army in general, and just go straight in for PJ if that is what you ultimately want to do. The reason I say this is because there really is not a career field you can go into that is going to make you more prepared, PJs need to be good at all of that stuff including the medical and "ground pounder" aspects of the job. Additionally, you can still attend classes or just do online classes while you are in the Air Force. The biggest advantage you will gain from being in the Army is an appreciation for the Air Force to be honest.   

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My recruiter wants me to sign a contact that’s under open contract for special operations but I want a contract for PJ. I’m worried that they will put me wherever after selection.

SW is going to more Open SW contracts. It allows them to not force jobs on you and also gives you the ability to interview SW career fields to find if you are a better fit. You will choose your job at SW prep,  no one at SW Prep will force you to make a decision you don’t want to make.

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