The Personnel Recovery Academy (PRA) provides specialized Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training and subject matter expertise for the Department of Defense, including related training in the U.S. Government and NATO allies, to enable isolated persons to return with honor.
Specialized SERE training meets Department of Defense or Interagency requirements not provided by Service or Combatant Command programs. It does this by providing unique SERE knowledge and skills to select high-risk-of-isolation personnel, whose mission profiles, positions, or operating environments make their exploitation highly valuable to an adversary. PRA courses are highly customized and tailored to specific customer requirements and missions.
PRA has a long history of support to the personnel recovery mission. From its Cold War origins in 1961 at Stead Air Force Base, Nevada, following the shoot down of Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 aircraft over the Soviet Union, the Academy has expanded its programs to meet today's emerging threat to our Armed Forces.