I'm a college student finishing up my undergrad. I'm about a year away from finishing and want to become a SOF medic. I'm tied between the two options of SF and PJ. Both missions attract me and both paths seem like awesome choices. The pararescue path may be a better option because I'm guaranteed the medical training if I make it through, whereas upon completing SFAS, there are 4 different jobs I could be assigned based on my aptitude scores and needs of uncle sam. I'm dead set on medical because I plan to go back to grad school (medical field) after a contract or two.
I suspect everything depends on the deployment, but i'm wondering about the daily life of a PJ. I know that the primary mission is rescue, but how often does afsoc attach to other units/ ODA's? If I do enlist as a PJ, I would want to be acting as the "force multiplier" often and be practicing medicine/being in the fight as much as possible. I wouldn't want to only be waiting around for something to go wrong and hope that i'm assigned the mission of extract. I've read a little bit on the difference between the STS PJ's and rescue squadron PJ's. Is it true that the sts PJ's are the one's that get attached? If so, how do I get there? In addition to medical treatment, I want to be helping indigenous people. The advantage I see of SF, is that they are immersed in the culture and are specifically there to train, and fight with forces who need it. Do pararescuemen see that side of the fence at all? How much combat could a PJ expect to see? My decision does not rely only on the amount of trigger time I will get. I'm enlisting to make a difference in the lives of those who need it, just trying to get a better idea of how I'll be making that difference.
Any and all insight is much appreciated,