About When lives are on the line, Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmers
(AIRRs) are exceptionally adept at answering the call. These brave
men and women embody the courage of America's Navy – readily going
into harm's way to complete their rescue missions in some of the
most extreme environments imaginable.
Aviation Rescue Swimmers are a tightly knit group, dedicated to
being the top emergency response unit in the world. They routinely
put the safety of others before their own – applying intense
physical and mental training to challenging real-world situations
where there's no margin for error.
Qualifications and Requirements
No college degree is required to become an Enlisted Navy AIRR,
but a high degree of difficulty and satisfaction come standard with
nearly everything you'll do. Training is tough and ongoing.
To qualify for Rescue Swimmer Training, both men and women must:
Meet specific eyesight requirements: uncorrected vision no worse
than 20/100; correctable to 20/20 in both eyes with normal depth
and color perception Meet the minimum Armed Services Vocational
Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score: VE+AR+MK+MC=210 or VE+AR+MK+AS=210
Pass a PST in DEP/Boot Camp Pass Class 1 Flight Physical Be 30
years of age or younger Must be a U.S. citizen and eligible for
The chart below highlights the current minimum Navy Physical
Screening Test (PST) requirements for Navy Challenge Programs.
NOTE: You should consult your physician or other health-care
professional before starting any exercise regime or other fitness
program to determine if it is right for your needs. This is
particularly true if you (or your family) have a history of medical
illnesses or ailments that could be made worse by a change in
physical activity. Do not start a fitness program if your physician
or health-care provider advises against it.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving, whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before.
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