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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Ask Stew: The choice of stroke for the Navy swim test | Military.com

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Navy PST requires only specific kinds of strokes during the test which includes the elementary sidestroke, the breaststroke, and a modified sidestroke called combat swimmer stroke (CSS). The reason why freestyle stroke is not the first choice is that the mentioned underwater recovery strokes are more efficient and low-profile when done properly. Though, the Navy does allow swimming in freestyle in certain situations like for Air Rescue Swimmers when competing for their future job billets

Source: https://www.military.com/military-fitness/ask-stew-choice-of-stroke-navy-swim-test

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