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PJ Association Membership

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.

Membership Classifications, Fees & Dues

Full and Associate Members, with dues in good standing are encouraged to upgrade to a Life Membership.  New Member Applicants qualifying for Full or Associate membership are encouraged to join as a Life Member.

  • Life Member - ($300.00 1 time fee) - open to Full and Associate Members with dues in good standing, and to New Applicants for Full or Associate membership.
  • Full Members - $40.00 to join; renews at $20/year on the anniversary date.
  • Associate Members - $40.00 to join; renews at $20 year on the anniversary date.
  • Legacy and Honorary applicants are sponsored by a Life or Full Member with dues in good standing.  Dues do not apply for Legacy and Honorary Members.
  • Applications for a Gold Star Family Membership, or a Widow of a PJ applying for Associate Widow Membership are reviewed and approved by the PJ Association Board of Directors.  Dues do not apply.

PJ Association Eligibility

Life Membership and Life Associate Membership ($300 1 time fee)

Eligibility - Full and Associate Members 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, and Associate Member Applicants are eligible to become a Life Member.  Life Members avoid annual recurring fees.

  • New Member Applicants who qualify for Full or Associate Member status, are encouraged to apply as a Life Member or a Life Associate Member.
  • Full Members with dues in good standing, are encouraged to upgrade to a Life Membership.  
  • Associate Members, with dues in good standing, are encouraged to upgrade to a Life Associate Membership.

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Full Member ($40.00 to join, recurring at $20/yr on the anniversary date)
Full Members, who are in good standing with current association dues, are eligible to upgrade to a Life Membership

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.

80th Birthday Exemption for Full Members with dues in good standing
  • Full Members who have reached their 80th birthday are granted a Life Membership.
  • If a Full Member nearing their 80th birthday elects to upgrade to a Life Membership, and the total annual fees that would be paid by the 80th birthday are less than the $300 Life Membership fee, the member may elect to pay the lower amount, to be granted Life Membership.

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Associate Member ($40.00 to join, renewing at $20/year on the anniversary.  Associate Members, with current association dues, are eligible to upgrade to a Life Membership

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.

Widows of a Pararescueman are eligible to apply for an Associate Membership, if they do not otherwise qualify for a Legacy Membership.  There are no annual dues.  Widow Associates members do not have voting privileges.

Associate Member candidates are sponsored by a Full or Life Member in good standing, and must not otherwise meet the Full, Legacy, or Honorary membership classifications.  Life Associate Members, and Associate Members have no voting privileges.  

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Legacy, Honorary, Gold Star and Widow Memberships  

Legacy Membership - is 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 Membership applications are reviewed, and approved by the PJ Association Board of Directors.  There are no annual dues.  Legacy members do not have voting privileges.

Honorary Membership - is 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.  There are no annual dues.  Honorary members do not have voting privileges.  (Guidelines are identified in the General Meeting minutes.)

Gold Star Membership - 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. Gold Star Members do not have voting privileges.

>>Applicants for Legacy, Honorary, or Gold Star membership, or for membership as a Widow of a PJ... click here to submit an application, using the member profile update form <<

PJA New Member Application

New members are encouraged to elect the Life Membership option, to avoid recurring dues.  The minimum initial membership option for full or associate membership is 2 years.

The minimum interval for initial Full and Associate Memberships is 2 years, renewing at $20/year.
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