Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Taking a 'Dip' the Hard Way

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Taking a 'Dip' the Hard Way

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Swimming 75 meters with an M16 rifle strapped to your back, in full BDU's including combat boots and LBE (Load Bearing Equipment) can't be easy and it's not supposed to be.

On July 30th the 431st Civil Affairs Battalion from Little Rock, Arkansas did things the 'hard' way when unit members took part in the swim evaluation test that all Cival Affairs and Pychological Operations Command units are required to perform as part of Special Operation Forces (SOF) training.

Soldiers were rated as non-swimmers-under 15 meters, weak swimmers-over 15 meters, swimmers-over 50 meters, and strong swimmers-over 75 meters with 50 meters being SOF qualification standard.

Maj. Darwin Concon was the Officer In Charge of the event and in charge of getting people in and out of the water. "Everybody needs to know about water safety," he said. "How not to panic when they find themselves in deep water with heavy equipment. …

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