Tuesday, April 19, 2011


This week Recruit may get to start in the pool. It is not swim week yet but there is a day listed to be introduced to the pool in most of the lists.

"By definition, the Marine Corps is an amphibious assault force. Therefore all Marine recruits are required to know how to survive in the water.
"Recruits face many challenges during their 13 weeks on the recruit depot, but swim week is especially challenging for recruits who don’t know how to swim.
"Training in combat water survival develops a recruit's confidence in the water.
"Recruits receive basic water survival training at the indoor pool, which is safely conducted by specially-trained instructors.
"A new qualification system for combat water survival was implemented on November 10, 2010, that coincides with new combat and battlefield needs.
"The new system will train recruits to be able to survive in the water while wearing all of their combat gear (including a rifle, helmet, flak jacket and pack), whereas the old system only required recruits to train in their camouflage utility uniform.

But things are not always perfect,

The Jason Tharp drowning happened in 2005 and things have changes since then with new regulations and existing regulation being better monitored. Also the San Diego training facility has far fewer cases of recruit deaths than the Parris Island facility, although broken wrists and ankles seem to be popular at both training facilities.

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