Combat Rescue Officer/ Pararescue hopeful

Hello all, I am a third year college student hoping to take advantage of this awesome resource. If anyone has any recommendations, criticisms, or new ideas to bring to my attention, I would greatly appreciate them.
I was an athlete throughout high school and competed in several sports. I also competed my freshman year in track and field, but decided that my training with the team was not going to get me where I wanted to go. My past two years I've been studying toward my history degree, lifeguarding on the ocean in my summers, and doing HVAC work with my uncle.
This past year, I've taken a deep dive into some of the available pathways that I can take. The career fields I'm most interested in are CRO and PJ. Given that I am a college student and enjoy leadership, I've been leaning toward CRO. Also, given that I enjoy hands-on work and particularly EMS skills, I've been looking at the PJ role as well.
I've been in good physical condition throughout my life, but recognize that it takes another level of fitness to conquer the training this career field requires. I've begun to run, swim, fin, and do calisthenics frequently these past two months.
I have so many questions and will begin to ask them throughout the forum, thank you.
 
Some of the people I've been talking to seem to be encouraging me to enlist first as Pararescue and then apply to become a CRO later on... I was just wondering do you guys agree that this is the route to take?
 

Yukon

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The transition to the new never previously existing enlisted and officer Special Warfare Career/Utilization Field throws a few monkey wrenches into this route planning exercise. The transition from enlisted to officer as a career development path in related specialty codes has never exactly existed as a deliberate intended option. Although such career path transition previously existed, currently exists, and will exist in the future, the opportunity is probability limited and not possibility limited.
 
The transition to the new never previously existing enlisted and officer Special Warfare Career/Utilization Field throws a few monkey wrenches into this route planning exercise. The transition from enlisted to officer as a career development path in related specialty codes has never exactly existed as a deliberate intended option. Although such career path transition previously existed, currently exists, and will exist in the future, the opportunity is probability limited and not possibility limited.
Thanks @Yukon this helps a lot. I gather from reading this that while transitioning between the two career fields may make for good experience, it’s not a guaranteed transition.
 

WR

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Both PJ and CRO will come with leadership opportunities. There are many enlisted special warfare members (and AF members for that matter) that went to college and then enlisted. I recommend researching the differences between the PJ and CRO careers to find out which one you are drawn to more.

WR
 

Yukon

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Both PJ and CRO will come with leadership opportunities. There are many enlisted special warfare members (and AF members for that matter) that went to college and then enlisted. I recommend researching the differences between the PJ and CRO careers to find out which one you are drawn to more.

WR
Thanks @WR and @Yukon I'll continue to research the separate roles to get an idea of which I'm most interested in.
Regarding the merger of the CRO, STO, and TACP into the Special Warfare Officer AFSC; I see that these career fields are now more or less integrated. After reading your conversation I see that since the roles are moving from their individual specialties to a more generalized officer role, they will need to be experienced as managers and not specialists.
 
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