Longhorns attend the Army’s Combat Diver Qualification Course
Posted: July 9, 2010
Through the Longhorn Battalion’s commitment towards producing quality officers, leaders and dedication of our Cadre to develop our Cadets, Senoir Military Instructor MSG Silva was able to acquire two rare slots for cadets to The Army’s Scuba school, better known as Combat Diver Qualification Course, which is a revered course that is almost exclusive to special forces operatives.
Representing the Longhorn Battalion, Cadets Wishart and Doblar were enrolled into the course. After a stay in West Point for Pre- CDQC, a course to prepare students for CDQC, and 4 additional weeks in Key West, FL for the main course, Cadet Doblar successfully completed and graduated from the course.
During his participation in the course, the madness began on day one with a mad sprint by the instructor where the students had to keep up with or risk being kicked out of pre-CDQC and as a result end their chances of earning the combat diver’s badge. After the sprint which lasted just under a mile, the instructors “slowed down” to a 6 minute mile pace for the remaining 3 miles.
After the in-processing phase was completed in pre CDQC, held at West Point, the students began their training. Their training included a various swimming exercises like the 50m underwater swim, treading water with a 20lb weight over their heads, bobbing, and the don and ditch where student had to swim to the bottom of the pool, take off their equipment, place it down in an orderly fashion, and swim back to the surface in one breath, only to swim back down and put their equipment back on and return to the surface, also with only one breath of air.
With the completion of pre CDQC, Doblar went to the main course in Key West, FL where the training was even tougher, and more exciting. At CDQC Doblar jumped from a C130 airplane into the water, learned to navigate underwater, operated underwater transportation devices, did a helocast which is a tactical insertion into the water from a moving helicopter. According to Cadet Doblar, “Since that was my first time in a helicopter, I’ve never gotten a chance to land with the aircraft.”
In addition to the high speed training Doblar received from the course, another key benefit from his participation in the course was the chance to train and interact with members of the special forces community. Through his interaction with the special forces members, Doblar learned another level of professionalism, sense of duty, and always to “keep your brain on,” said Doblar. There was never a moment where he could zone out, he had to maintain a level of alertness and pay attention to every detail because if there is one piece of equipment missing, used improperly, or assembled incorrectly, it could delay the mission and/or be extremely hazardous.
By the end of the course, Cadet Doblar not only became a more tactically and technically proficient individual; he was instilled with a sense of pride that is still humble, a greater understanding of what it means to be a professional in the science and art of warfare, and obtained a new level of confidence in his arms, equipment, and in himself.