Was having this conversation with a friend.
You can either be a helicopter/plane Search and Rescue pilot (Officer only)
Be a Search and Rescue Technician. (Non-Commissioned Members only)
Assuming you have a university degree so the officer category is open to you.
Pilot here excludes any f-18,22 or whatever. We are talking strictly tactical helicopter, transport or SAR.
You are a pilot (officer), you are paid very well, your job is to fly multi million dollar machines. You spend a large part of your day planning and doing paper work as well.
The job you possess is coveted by many and experienced by few. You are away for several months at a time. Social life practically non existent. Requires tremendous dexterity and know how.
You are a Search and Rescue Technician. The physical and mental requirements are on par with those of special forces. You will become an expert in the field of forest, arctic, marine, mountain, and other, survival. You will be a jump master, diver and fully certified paramedic.
You go into some of the harshest, dangerous, most desolate areas to rescue those in distress.
You spend your days training and saving lives. You are constantly on call. Your social life is practically non existent. You are search and rescue only. There is no combat perspective to it.
You are also confined to your country. You need to be fearless and selfless.
Which one would you choose and why?