Military Search and Rescue Operations Officers

Military Career

General Information


Search and rescue operations officers are responsible for organizing and leading rescue missions to support personnel in distress. They direct and participate in Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) operations. These officers possess core survival skills, such as swimming/diving or medical aid skills, and train, develop, and assess these skills in other personnel.

Work Environment

Search and rescue operations officers work on vessels or aircraft. They perform missions in all types of weather and may be subjected to noisy environments. They may work outdoors when directing emergency response teams.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Search and Rescue Operations Officers in the Military


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Average Salary


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Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Like other officers, search and rescue operations officers complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Additional training consists of classroom and field training. Job-specific training content may include: Aircraft operating proceduresPiloting and use of air navigation equipmentPiloting and navigation of shipsInterpretation of maritime laws and policiesMeteorologyParamedical skills and proceduresAir weapons, operations, communications, engineering, deck, administration, or supply

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