Training for a Dream Job
Determined Corpsmen Implement Dive Motivator Program
It's 5 a.m. and the summer sunrise is gradually warming the waterfront near Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) as an active group of Sailors gathered on the grass in that early morning sun, each with a dedicated sense of purpose intent on their physical training task.
"This is a program that is specifically designed for any Sailor that want to apply to special communities like BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition) SEAL (Sea, Air Land), or even join the Army Rangers, Special Forces and other special programs like that," said Shaddix, an Auburn, Alabama native.
Shaddix attests that the DIVEMO program training is also applicable to other such specialty programs as Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC), Navy Diver, Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician (also open to females); Navy Aviation Rescue swimmer (open to females); and Air Force Pararescue Jumpers (also known as 'PJs').
"It's something (joining such a group) that I've always wanted to do," said Shaddix, "I always knew I would be in the military, even as a kid."
Even though his plan may have been stalled by a past injury, Shaddix continues to try and reach his goal of joining one of these groups by adding to his corpsman training with the DIVEMO program.
"Originally, I came in under a SWCC contract, then during recruit training I got injured and here I am. I've been trying to go back for the last couple years so I've been training and tracking down people from these communities to give me information on what to put together in a package," said Shaddix.
That same motivation to get his dream job is what led him to set up the training program at NHB and help others going through the same situation. The program has been specifically designed with a heavy dose of physical training, as well as mental preparation and advanced medical training for all the corpsmen involved to help them prepare for the rigors of the various special operations programs.
"I've been to commands that have an ongoing DIVEMO program and a lot of them have high success rates," said Shaddix, "I just wanted to put something together that could help everybody else avoid the same issues I've had. All I'm really doing is facilitating workouts and working with career counselors to get everything set up for these guys."
Since the launch of the DIVEMO program at NHB, the group has maintained a strict training schedule.
"Right now we have physical training four times a week, mostly led by me but each member uses their own strengths to make us better. We also have a classroom session held several times a month," said Shaddix.
The training is meant to prepare the enrollees for both the physical and mental obstacles ahead.
"From the physical side it shows them how they should be training their bodies to deal with the rigors of these programs. It's something that you need to prepare your body for," said Shaddix. "We also have a classroom session that is predominantly for the medical side of it. There are medical candidates that want to make it through and want to stay in that field so we're trying to push more of the advanced medical knowledge on them now that way they start learning it ahead of time."