March 19, 2012
ROTC Cadet Logan Gearhart was selected for the U.S. Army Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course. The training course prepares Army cadets and enlisted soldiers for Special Forces diver teams.
Gearhart, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice, was chosen based on his grade point average and physical fitness. Only 16 cadets from the thousands of cadets in brigades throughout the country were invited to participate. The training takes place in Key West, Florida.
Gearhart began competitive swimming when he was 6. He had to successfully complete a series of tests to qualify to apply to the training program. A year ago, he began working with former cadet Andrew Ramos, class of 2011, on underwater skills, long distance swimming, swimming with weights, and swimming while oxygen-deprived. After completing the pre-requisite physical tests and achieving academically, he gained admittance to the diver training program.
Gearhart has maintained a rigorous workout schedule to prepare for a 2-week preliminary qualifying program, which includes open water swims off of Key West. He will then participate with Special Forces and enlisted soldiers during the 5-week combat diver training program.
The ROTC program, Military Science Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, was named the nation’s #1 Army ROTC unit in 2010.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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