Combat Water Survival Test (CWST)

Prior to commissioning all cadets are required to possess certain water survival skills. Annually all soldiers and officers are required to attend a water survival techniques class. All newly commissioned officers must be able to swim. As part of the Military Science coursework, all cadets take the Combat Water Survival Test.

Cadets are required to experience a 3-meter drop into water, blind folded and carrying a mock M-16 rifle, and also swim 15 meters in uniform with gear while keeping a mock M-16 rifle out of the water.

Additionally, cadets must learn submerged equipment removal techniques. For this requirement, cadets must jump into deep water wearing load bearing equipment. While underwater, they must release the equipment, swim to the surface and reach the edge.

Spring 2010 CWST






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