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  • Combat Water Survival

    Hi, I'm new to this website, and I'm thinking about joining the National Guard. But my question is in BCT, do you have to do Combat Water Survival, or deal with any swimming in BCT?

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    Negative. Only Navy and Marine Corps boot has to (and I enjoyed it). If you are going Special Forces then that is part of the training.

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    • #3
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      One of my earliest questions too since I still can't swim to this day!

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      • #4
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        Ok thanks, I was just wondering that. And if you don't know how to swim (cause i still don't) then will they teach you if you want to join SF in the National Guard, or do you have to learn on your own?

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        • #5
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          I am told I have this at the end of OCS.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Chris36 View Post
            I am told I have this at the end of OCS.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFdx1GAWJdE

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luOp8kwPJ2c

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9-EdaWtNK8
            Last edited by Chief Kemosabe; March 6th, 2012, 10:31 AM.

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            • #7
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              Rangers do water survival. Drop in frigid water and swim 25 meters. Then jump in again with full gear on, take off the gear, and swim another 20 meters to the ladder.

              Lots fail.

              I did Aviation Water Survival...distance learning.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by Mr_Loki View Post
                Rangers do water survival. Drop in frigid water and swim 25 meters. Then jump in again with full gear on, take off the gear, and swim another 20 meters to the ladder.

                Lots fail.

                I did Aviation Water Survival...distance learning.
                Same with SERE

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                • #9
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                  Yes, that would be it....especially the first one.
                  Last edited by Chris36; March 6th, 2012, 02:38 PM.

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                  • #10
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                    SERE 101 DL is much harder than resident.

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                    • #11
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                      I can't view the videos at work, but it is true for OCS you do have to do Combat Water Survival. There are 3 parts in no particular order. One is you drop off a standard high dive board blind folded, when you hit the water remove the blindfold and swim with a dummy M16 in hand to the edge and get out. The second one you swim something like 20 meters with the M16 above you head, and the 3rd task is to be pushed in fully geared, take it off and swim to the edge.

                      We had people in phase 3 of OCS (where you do this task) that couldn't swim, so they had an hour of swim class before attempting. And that is all that you have to do, is attempt the task. There are life guards in the pool so if you start to sink or flounder then they will pull you out, but at least you attempted and that is all you had to do.

                      I don't think anyone failed OCS because of this task. We actually practiced before phase 3 so that everyone was comfortable with the task prior to phase 3.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Mr_Loki View Post
                        SERE 101 DL is much harder than resident.
                        I failed out...I couldn't handle the online interrogation.

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                        • #13
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                          They broke my fingers.....typing too fast.

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                          • #14
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                            Ok, and if you wanted to learn how to swim, would the National Guard teach you, or would you have to learn on your own?

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                            • #15
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                              I do not believe that the Guard will teach you to swim. However, that is not to say that you cant find someone to help you out. Contact your recruiter and I am sure that if it is necessary they can find someone to help you.

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