Just to let you know im just a guy that wants it, i am currently waiting on a few things from my recruiter then i will go take the PAST test in 2-3weeks. but here are my answers
to question 1http://www.specialtactics.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/forums/25/1/Operators_in_the_news.html
this is just the tip of the ice burg, do a search on here or Google and you will find a ton of stuff these guys are doing. Trust me they don't just sit on their *****, no SF guys do. I have a friend who is SF in the army and he has been deployed to Iraq 3 times and Afghanistan 2 times. Also he told me he has worked with PJ's he couldn't get into more then that. These special operations guys are kept busy.
Honestly from all the reading i have done and talking with a SF guy in the army talking with recruiters and reading on these forums the jobs after are endless. You will have a good understanding of the medical field so the door is at lest open there. Also you get the GI bill so you can get a basically free BA in almost anything you want. From what i hear many guys stay pj and many guys switch there job but stay in the AirForce. I think this is something that will be individual to you and what you want in life, but it is basically endless from what i have learned.
question 3 (i may of got off topic on this)
to me this is the most important. This is the one that will keep you in when the other 80% wash out. In a very simple way PJ's run CSAR missions. Just look up CSAR and you will learn there primary mission. Evan just read the description of the job on the Air Force web page for a better understanding of what they do. For me i feel like i was made for this. I have wanted this job before i knew what it was and will do everything i can to make it a reality. In the last 2 weeks i have stepped down from my fancy job to be just another body where i work, just so i could get more training hours in. I have changed my sleep patterns so i can get two work outs in a day. I read on these forums or on the internet about relevant things to PJ's every day for ruffly an hour. I have bought work out stuff ie perfect push up, a curl bar, and books
just some of the reasons i picked it over the other branches/spec ops
Why i picked the Air Force over the other branches
they have the best standard of housing
they have the most things to do on base
they have the air force community college
they have Pararescue and SERE, these are the two jobs i want the most.
more specific why i want to be a PJ over other Air Force Spec Ops
I want to save people, this is just something in me. I want to be the guy that brings guys back. Right now i work with autistic kids that bite me, punch me, slap me and all around give me hell, and i cant respond in a negative or a way that would hurt them. I love my job, i like that im helping people that most wouldn't/couldn't and PJ just seams like a good fit for my personality.
I like being outside (i meen like hiking 15mi in the woods then camping for a week fishing/collecting berries for food
I want to do something with medical.
I want to jump out of planes.
I want to push myself past what i think i can do.
I want to be elite.
some of these reasons can be found in all spec ops but to me PJ has them all.
Best of luck to you