One of the first things that I'm asked when people start reading Operation: Endgame is "What exactly is a PJ?" (The hero, Jake, is an Air Force PJ.)
PJ is short for Pararescue Jumpers. They are a spec ops branch of the Air Force. These guys are seriously BAD-ASS. Their main job is to jump behind enemy lines and rescue downed pilots, but they do so much more than that. Their training takes two years from start to finish and has the highest drop-out rate of any of the special forces....90% quit before then end.
But just listen to the list of training that they go through and you will understand that:
*Pararescue/Combat Rescue Officer Indoctrination Course, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas (9 weeks)
*Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia (3 weeks)
*Air Force Combat Diver School, Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida (5.5 weeks)
*Navy Underwater Egress Training, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida (1 day)
*Air Force Basic Survival School, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington (2.5 weeks)
*Army Military Free Fall Parachutist School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona (5 weeks)
*Pararescue EMT-Paramedic Training, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico (22 weeks)
*Pararescue Recovery Specialist Course, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico (24 weeks)
(training information from Wikipedia)
***Here is a link to a great video that just shows these guys in action...
it seriously gives me chills... What is a PJ?***
So, that is what a PJ is and does....don't you want one for yourself?? ;o)
BTW, a little PJ trivia for you: PJ's all have tattoos of green footprints on their bodies somewhere. hmmm, I wonder where Jake's are??
And on to Operation: Endgame news:
*It's FINALLY out on Kindle!!! Only $2.99. It is DEFINITELY coming in the other e-book formats, but it takes time. I've done everything I can do on my end...am now just waiting on all the sites to get it uploaded. I'm told this part of the process can take up to 2 weeks. *sigh*
*I've been so lucky to have some great reviews posted. Here are some links for you:
*There are lots more appearances to come. My "official" release date is September 14th, so a lot of my PR is centralized around that date. Stay tuned...
I know what a PJ is! My brother wanted to be one when he first joined the Air Force. He even made it through a couple weeks of training at Lackland before he switched to being a med lab tech.ReplyDelete
Congrats on your release! :)
That is so cool, Amanda!! I'm amazed at how many people of never heard of them!ReplyDelete
The whole idea give me vertigo just thinking about it.ReplyDelete
This is a MUST READ. Jake embodies all things MANLY AWESOME. Thanks for the linkage.
I only know of PJ as pajamas haha how ignorant of me. Thank you for sharing this information, it gave me a whole new perspective about what these guys are all about. All that training, no wonder the quit rate is so high as 90%.ReplyDelete
I HAVE a PJ...BADASS does not begin to describe it. ;) Sexy as he**, amazing in his every-day life, has seen and done what you and I could never fathom. I'm so proud of him.ReplyDelete
Lucky girl!! Thank him for the service he does for his country. He is a hero....the best kind! You're a lucky girl!! smiles...ReplyDelete