Combat Water Survival Test (CWST)

The Swim Test and Army Combat Water Survival Test (CWST) at John Carroll University test a Cadet’s stamina in the water while completing a series of events. Cadets must first swim laps for ten minutes without touching the sides or bottom of the pool. Cadets receive a break, and then must tread water for another five minutes without touching the bottom or sides of the pool. These two swim events are done with PT uniforms (shorts and t-shirt) on. Cadets then put on OCPs to complete the following three events for the CWST.

Cadets must be able to swim 15 meters without touching the sides or bottom of the pool while wearing a load bearing vest (LBV) and carrying a M-16.

Cadets have on a LBV and hold a M-16. From the side of the pool, the Cadet must step backwards into the water. The Cadet must be completely submerged underwater as he/she drops the rifle and removes the vest.

Cadets must walk blindfolded off a 3-meter high diving board while wearing a LBV and carrying a M-16. They must hold on to the M-16 at all times, remove the blindfold, and then swim to the side of the pool.

This years CWST was conducted at the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium on the Cleveland State University campus. The Wolfpack Army ROTC Battalion is made up of a diverse number of schools including John Carroll University(host), Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin Wallace University, Notre Dame College, and Ursuline College.

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