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Student of the Week: Ashley Senior Shae Pelsh Sets Sights on U.S. Air Force S.E.R.E.

Ashley senior, Shae Pelsh, right, and his girlfriend, Santina Maritato, at the  Ashley High School prom. Pelsh will be entering the Air Force in August and has  qualified for the S.E.R.E. program with Special Forces.

By: Elise Heglar
Staff Writer

Shae Pelsh, a senior at Ashley High School, has plans after high school. And not just any plans. He plans to join the U.S. Air Force S.E.R.E. program after graduation. S.E.R.E. stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape and is a Special Forces division of the Air Force. Pelsh has already passed the P.A.S.T, physical ability and stamina test, for the S.E.R.E. To qualify for S.E.R.E., entrants must pass the physical exam which consists of a 200 meter swim in less than 10 minutes, a mile and a half run in less than 11 minutes, 8 pull-ups, 48 push-ups and 48 sit-ups, all with time constraints and must be done with perfect form. Pelsh breezed through the fitness aspect and constantly works out to improve his fitness level.
Pelsh will report to training August 25 and from there, will go through a two-week basic training process where at the end, must pass the physical test once again. Once he passes, he will enter a 15-day survival basics period where trainers will try to mentally and physically break him down. The drop out rate for the preliminary entry requirements is high, but Pelsh has been preparing himself for the challenges ahead. Once he passes the stringent entry requirements, Pelsh will advance to the Air Force S.E.R.E. school at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington.
Pelsh plans on, once graduating the S.E.R.E. program, becoming an AETC Instructor, training other recruits in the S.E.R.E. school. Applicants must learn how to survive in various climates and environments such as the desert, jungle, arctic, open ocean, and mountains and must learn to operate in possible hostile situations, in captivity or in total isolation. Pelsh, an A-B honor roll student at Ashley, plans on being career military. He is prepared to dedicate his future to being one of our nation’s elite members of this Special Forces team of the U.S. Air Force.