Join the PJA

Join the PJA

Membership in the PJ Association

Membership in the Pararescue Association is based on Eligibility.  All applications are reviewed for approval by the PJ Association Board of Directors.

If you are not certain, of which membership you qualify for...  please read the section below, on PJA Eligibility, before you make a selection...

The minimum initial membership option for a PJA Member, or a PJ Associate is for one year, renewing annually thereafter.

PJA Life Membership

New and Renewing PJA Members and PJ Associates, can avoid recurring dues, by electing the Life Membership option.

Their are two Life Member options:

> Life Membership:
Open to PJA Members in good standing, PJ's and CRO's on active duty, retired and separated.

> Life Associate Membership:
Open to new applicants, and to PJA Associate members in good standing, immediate family members of a past or present Pararescuemen, CRO, to supporters of a Pararescue Unit (Unit with PJ’s or CRO’s assigned), the Pararescue Association, the Pararescue career field, friends of Pararescue, or the goals or mission of USAF Pararescue.

Member Classifications

New Member Applicants qualifying for PJA Member, or PJA Associate memberships, are encouraged to join as a Life Member. 

PJA Members and Associate Members in good standing are encouraged to upgrade to Life Membership.

Life Membership

> Life Member - ($300.00 1 time fee) - open to PJA Members with dues in good standing.  New PJA Member applicants are encouraged to join as Life Members.

> Life Associate - ($300.00 1 time fee) - open to PJA Associates with dues in good standing.  New PJA Associate applicants and Members are encouraged to join or upgrade as Life Associates.
(New Life Associate Memberships are sponsored by a Life or PJA Member in good standing.)

> PJA Member - $20.00 to join;
renews at $20/year on the anniversary date.

> PJA Associate - $20.00 to join;
renews at $20 year on the anniversary date.
(New PJA Associate Memberships are sponsored by a Life Member or PJA Member in good standing.)

(New Life Associate and PJA Associate Memberships are sponsored by a Life Member or PJA Member in good standing.)

Heritage Memberships

Heritage Membership is granted by the PJ Association, for Legacy, Honorary, Gold Star Family and Widow applicants.  Heritage Memberships are submitted and sponsored by a Life or PJA Member in good standing.

> A Widow of a PJ applying for a Legacy Membership must not otherwise meet the criteria for a PJA Associate Membership.

> Heritage Membership applications are reviewed and approved by the PJ Association Board of Directors.  There are no annual dues, and no voting privileges. 


Select a Membership that fits Your Eligibility Profile....

(Please, see membership eligibility details below, before selecting a membership type.)

Life Member
1 time enrollment...
No recurring dues...
PJA Member
Low enrollment fee...
Low member dues...
Life Associate
1 Time enrollment fee..
No recurring dues...
PJA Associate
Low enrollment fee...
Low member dues...

PJA Eligibility

Membership Eligibility

Membership in the Pararescue Association is based on eligibility.  All membership applications are subject to review and approval by the PJ Association Board of Directors.  The minimum initial membership fee for PJA Members and PJA Associates is 20$, and renews on the anniversary date at $20/year.  Elect to become a Life Member and avoid annually recurring dues.

Life Members and Associates

Eligibility - PJA Members and PJA Associates in good standing, and active duty, retired and former Pararescuemen, and CRO applicants who are or were assigned to an Active Duty, Air Guard or USAF Reserve Unit, are eligible to become a Life Member.

PJA Life Members 

  • Life Members and Life Associate Members enjoy a dues free membership for a 1 time contribution of $300, and a status of being a Life Member of the PJA.  New Member Applicants who qualify for PJA Member or PJA Associate status, are encouraged to apply as a Life Member or a Life Associate Member.
  • Current PJA Members and PJA Associates with dues in good standing, are encouraged to upgrade to a Life Membership.  

Heritage Memberships (approval granted only by application to the Board of Directors)

Legacy Member - granted to an immediate family member (as identified by DoD), of a Pararescuemen or CRO who has died in the Line of Duty, and who has been nominated by an active Life or Full Member.

Legacy Member applications are reviewed, and approved by the PJ Association Board of Directors.

Honorary Member - granted to those who have completed the nomination process, or have been recommended by an operational active duty unit, or by the PJ Association Board of Directors for their outstanding contributions to the Pararescue mission, and its personnel.

Gold Star Member - Gold Star Membership is granted to an immediate family member (as identified by DoD) of a Pararescueman, or CRO who died during  in combat operations.

There are no annual dues. Heritage  Members do not have voting privileges.

PJA Members

Eligibility - Active duty, retired, separated Pararescuemen, and CRO's who are and, or were assigned to an active duty, Air Guard or USAF Reserve Unit are eligible.  Dues must be current to exercise voting privileges.

New PJA Members are encouraged to join as a Life Member.  Members electing PJA Member status, join at $20.00/yr; membership renews at $20/yr on the anniversary date.  PJA Members in good standing, are eligible to upgrade to  Life Membership.


PJA Associate Member

Eligibility - Any individual who is an immediate family member of a past or present Pararescuemen, CRO, or an individual who supports or has supported a Pararescue Unit (Unit with PJ’s or CRO’s assigned), the Pararescue Association, the Pararescue career field, friends of Pararescue, or the goals or mission of Pararescue is eligible to join as an Associate member.

PJA Associate member candidates are sponsored by a PJA Member or Life Member in good standing, and must not otherwise meet the PJA Member,  or Legacy membership classifications.  

Widows of a Pararescueman are eligible to apply for a PJA Associate Membership, if they do not otherwise qualify for a Legacy Membership.  There are no annual dues.  Voting privileges are reserved for PJA Members and Life Members.

New PJA Associates are encouraged to Join as a Life Associates.  PJA Associates join at $20.00/year.  Membership renews at $20/year on the anniversary date.  Current PJA Associate Members, in good standing, are eligible to upgrade to a Life Associate Membership.