Matt White was a Pararescuemen in the U.S. Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard from 1998 to 2007. He is a former staff writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Anchorage Daily News, and Hampton Roads Daily Press. He has contributed to national publications including Esquire, OutsideOnline, Los Angeles Magazine and on defense issues for the Washington Post and Task & Purpose.
When planners for the Democratic National Convention called Florent Groberg to ask him if he’d like to speak at the event, and possibly endorse Hillary Clinton on national television, he wondered if they knew anything about him.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder
It’s not easy to join Pararescue. Over 80% of the men who try out for the Air Force's special operations search and rescue corps don't make it (women will get their chance soon. More on that below). Depending on how you measure, that might be the highest attrition rate of any job in the military.