Now you see, this is what happens when a bunch of never BTDT wanna-be's sit around and talk BS...(ninja and herlihy)
18D, Green BEret is a MEDIC first, and is not a primary shooter. "Ensures detachment medical preparation and maintains medical equipment and supplies, provides examination and care to detachment members and establishes temporary, fixed and unconventional warfare medical facilities to support operations with emergency, routine, and long term medical care. Provides initial medical screening and evaluation of allied and indigenous personnel. Manages detachment, allied, or indigenous patient's, administration, admission and discharge, care, laboratory and pharmacological requirements and the initiation, maintenance and transfer of records. Orders, stores, catalogs, safeguards and distributes medical supplies, equipment and pharmaceutical. Supervises medical care and treatment during split detachment missions. Operates a combat laboratory and treats emergency and trauma patients in accordance with established surgical principles. Diagnoses and treats various medical dermatological, pediatric, infectious and obstetric conditions using appropriate medications, intravenous fluid support and physical measures. Develops and provides medical intelligence as required."
18D PRIMARY mission on the ODA is providing MEDICAL care to the team and the indigenous personnel they work with to win the hearts and minds.
SOCOM PERSONNEL (Green Beret, SEALs, etc.) DO NOT TRAIN, ORGANIZE, OR EQUIP TO PERFORM CSAR. It is not a core task.
Therefore Mr. "while the other is strictly a CSAR" Herlihy22
Clearly, no ODA team is tasked strictly with CSAR. If a priority recovery mission occurs in the same AOR that an ODA happens to be in, then the most effecient means to recover an isolated individual is utilized.
Pararescuemen are not medics. Specifically they do not carry the USAF 4N identifier for medics and do not fall under the Geneva Convention category of medic. PJs are recovery specialists that have a required capability, one of many capabilities) to provide battlefield trauma care --not medicine-- to isolated personnel and as applicable save life and limb for injured team mates. The PRIMARY mission focus of pararescue is recovery of personnel, CSAR is just one of many recovery mechanisms that are utilized to make that happen. Every PJ is AIRBORNE/MFF/SCUBA qualified as a possible method to get into/out of the area where an isolating event has occured .... because isolation generally means in a place you can not simply drive to in a HUMVEE or land in a helicopter. So a recovery team must jump in, or rope in, or swim
in, or climb to, or ruck overland out of
....because if it were easy to get to the isolated personnel and get them out, then the commander could assign the mission to an asset with less capability than a PJ team.
Just so you never been there done that (BTDT) readers get it..., 18D is a medic and ODAs are not organized, trained or equipped to perform CSAR as a core task. PJs are direct combatants, not medics and their primary focus (core task) is recovery of personnel and equipment when and where other assets CAN't get the job done!
By the way, did I mention that no other service has anything like a CRO or SERE specialist to work side by side with the PJ to make sure the entire PR event is sucessful.
FULL SPECTRUM CAPABILITY and MISSION AREA EXPERTISE...
That's what the USAF brings to the table, no other service even comes close.
This information is available to those that would like to read the facts about the CRO, PJ and SERE mission rather than hear wanna-be rumor and opinion, just google AFPD 16-12 for PJ and AFPD 16-13 for SERE, both policy documents apply to CRO.
Next time get your facts together before you lay out information about Pararescue in a forum dedicated to this career field.