One of the things that really outraged me in the Marines was that SNCOs and officers could get away with the most basic level of swimming, some even had to have remedial swimming. For members of the Marines, Navy and Coast Guard I would think being a GOOD swimmer would be rather essential. A leader is responsible for their troops and if one of those troops is drowning and they do not have the swimming ability to help that troop, that just really feels unacceptable.
Posted 6 y ago
I'd take it a step further and say that people need to be able to swim (moreso in the branches you mentioned) but also go through combat water survival. We've had multiple people drown from not being able to get themselves out of a vehicle that rolls or crashes into a river. I think that with few exceptions, any death that isn't by the hands of the enemy is unacceptable and avoidable.
I was a Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival (M.C.I.W.S.) I see your point LCPL and its a great point. I can teach the skills for Marines to survive in water but if they have a phobia or fear of water it does effect their ability to become strong swimmers. Unless they can over come their phobia. I used to see this day in day out when I conducted swim qualifications. If you only knew how many I would have to save from drowning...
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