US Army Combat Divers School
TSgt James J. Thede
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DIVE MED TECH
|The Special Forces Underwater
Operations Combat Diver Course. This is one of the
tougher schools the Army has to offer. If you make it through the OL-H,
it is not too difficult physically...but you still have to learn dive tables,
physiology, tides, waves, and currents, CPR, submarine lock-in/out, etc.
Below is a general overview of the course when I went through...(it was
harder back then)!
COMBAT DIVER QUALIFICATION COURSE (CDQC) (4 WEEKS, 4 days)
TO TRAIN SELECTED SOF PERSONNEL AS OPEN-CIRCUIT COMBAT DIVERS
SCOPE: OPEN CIRCUIT OPERATIONS
SURFACE AND SUBSURFACE OPERATIONS
WATER INFILTRATIONCourse objective:
Train personnel as qualified military combat divers trained in waterborne operations to include day and night ocean subsurface navigation swims, deep dives, diving physics, marine hazards, tides and currents, submarine lock-in/lock-out procedures, and closed-circuit and open-circuit swims.
1. Students will report to building KW 100, United States Naval Air Station, Trumbo Point Annex, Key West, Florida, during duty hours and to the charge of quarters (CQ) building KW 700 after duty hours. Students will report no earlier than two days prior to the reporting date (the dining facility will be closed prior to this time) and no later than 2400 on the reporting date. APFT will be conducted at 0500 the next day. Inprocessing will begin at 1000 on the following day in building KW 100.
2. Students must be assigned to or on orders for assignment to duty requiring participation in waterborne/underwater operations.
3. It is imperative that all administrative actions or problems be settled with the studentís parent unit prior to the studentís departure from his home station. The training site at Key West has no administrative assets to handle such actions.
4. Travel to Key West will be by commercial air or privately owned vehicle. Students will not use privately owned vehicles while attending the course.
5. Students will be billeted in the Company C billets. Mess facilities will be provided at no cost to the students.
6. Students should bring enough money for personal needs for four weeks (access to government check cashing facilities is limited). Meal cards will be issued at Key West. Statements of nonavailability will not be issued.
PrerequisitesMale commissioned officer, warrant officer, or enlisted member of the Active Army or Reserve Component or selected DOD personnel assigned or on orders to a special operations forces unit. Must have passed a Scuba physical examination IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 5, paragraph 5, within two years of course completion date and must report with medical records on day of inprocessing. Must have successfully completed a pre-Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC) program conducted at parent unit. Must report with certification of pre-CDQC completion signed by the battalion commander. Must meet the height and weight standards as outlined in AR 600-9.
If a waiver is required, the original Standard Form 88, Standard Form 93, and allied documents will be forwarded directly to the USASOC Surgeon IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 8, paragraph 8-26C. Must pass an entrance examination at C Company, Key West, Florida, consisting of the following requirements: APFT with a minimum of 70 points in each event and an overall score of 210 or above (scored on 17- to 21-year-old age group) IAW FM 21-20; swim 500 meters, nonstop (on the surface), using only the breaststroke or sidestroke; tread water for two minutes continuously, with both hands and ears out of the water; swim 25 meters underwater without breaking the surface with any portion of the body; and retrieve a 20-pound weight from a depth of 3 meters. (Recommend using pre-CDQC training package exported by SWCS in May 1995 to prepare for this entrance examination.)
Packing List:As a minimum, each student will bring the following items of uniform and equipment:
1. Brown/olive drab (OD) T-shirts, eight each.
2. Underwater demolition team (UDT) Army swim trunks or unit issue physical training (PT) shorts (with standard OD name tape sewn on the right front leg, centered 1 inch above the bottom), two pairs each.
3. Battle dress uniform (BDU)/patrol cap without patches, insignia, or reflective tape, two each. Berets will not be worn at Key West.
4. Utility uniforms (BDU, camouflage, or jungle), two each.
5. White socks (no stripes or logos, no knee socks), six pairs each.
6. Athletic shoes, lace type, one pair each.
7. Military duffel/aviatorís bag, one each.
8. Calculator, hand-held, one each.
9. Loose-leaf binder/notebook, one each.
10. Watch, waterproof, one each.
Note: Students may wear personal wet suit booties, coral booties,
or a similar type footgear for the swims. However, Company C will
not issue these items to the students.