Management of Army Divers
This rapid action revision dated 20 July 2007–
o Modifies the time a diver needs to remain underwater (bottom time) for dives between 101 and 250 feet salt water to maintain diving qualifications (table 2-1).
o Reduces the basic number of divers required to conduct SCUBA and surface supplied operations (table 2-2).
o Changes the training plan for Engineer Dive officers by merging the Basic Diving Officer Course (A-4N-0024) and Salvage Diving Officer Course (A-4N-0026) into the Marine Engineer Dive Officer Course (A-4N-0024) (para 2-4).
o Authorizes permissive diving for officer and enlisted engineer divers not assigned to DA authorized diving positions who desire to maintain their diving proficiency (para 2-5).
o Provides a definition for dives that are initially considered high risk dives and requires that a standard Army risk assessment be used to determine the levels of risk of a diving operation outlining possible hazards and control measures (para 2-10).
This rapid action revision dated 21 June 2006–
o Authorizes the involuntary reclassification of Soldiers who fail to qualify as salvage divers within 12 months of promotion to sergeant (para 2-4).
o Authorizes the involuntary reclassification of Soldiers who fail to complete the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course for military occupational specialty 21D30 after 2 attempts or within 3 years of promotion to staff sergeant (para 2-4).
o Authorizes the involuntary reclassification of Soldiers who fail to complete the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course for military occupational specialty 21D40 after 2 attempts or within 3 years of promotion to sergeant first class (para 2-4).
o Authorizes the withdrawal of Soldiers military occupational specialty 21D after a Soldier repeatedly demonstrates technical inefficiency in his/her grade and/or fails to qualify in his/her grade if a commander deems it in the best interest of the Army (para 2-13).
o Changes all references from military occupational specialty 00B to 21D (throughout).
o Changes all references from Total Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM) to U.S. Army Human Resources Command (AHRC) (throughout).
o Expands diving special pay entitlement criteria to allow a qualified diver to receive up to two hazardous duty pays in addition to diving special pay when assigned by orders to perform both for the same period (paras 2-6, 2-22).
o Changes references from MOS 91B to MOS 91W Engineer Diving (paras 2-1, 2-3, 2-4, 2-6, 2-17, 2-19).
o Replaces all references to SF Form 88 (Report of Medical Examination) with Department of Defense Form 2808 (Report of Medical Examination) and all references to Standard Form 93 (Report of Medical History) with DD Form 2807-1(Report of Medical History)(paras 2-3, 2-17, app A).
o Makes these changes to engineer diving requirements:
–Revises DA Form 5030 (Engineer Diver Training Application).
–Deletes hyperbaric diving medical technician and utilizes engineer diving medical technicians to support engineer diving requirements(paras 2-1, 2-3, 2-4).
–Deletes diving medical officer in support of engineer diving (paras 2-1, 2-3, and 2-4).
–Includes selection criteria and references for accessioning soldiers into MOS 00B (para 2-2).
–Changes Army Physical Fitness Test requirements for engineer diving to a minimum of 180 points (paras 2-2, 2-4).
–Changes engineer diver training application procedure (para 2-3).
–Implements physical fitness standards for initial entry and maintaining diver rating to the minimum standards of the Diver Physical Fitness Test contained in DA Form 5030 (Engineer Diver Training Application) (para 2-4).
–Eliminates use of Department of Defense Form 2544 (Diving Log) by engineer divers for reporting dives to the U.S. Navy (para 2-4).
–Clarifies medical review and waiver procedures, and establishes the chief, hyperbaric medicine, at Dwight David Eisenhower Medical Center, as the waiver authority (paras 2-3, 2-7).
–Incorporates qualification criteria section into revised qualification requirements section (paras 2-4, 2-5).
–Changes number of dives required to maintain MOS or skill identifier qualification and time period required to perform them (para 2-5).
–Implements new diving special pay entitlement policy requiring a dive within 90 days of previous dive in order to maintain continuous entitlement to diving special pay. Designates the first 0-6 in the chain of command as authority to extend the 90-day period (para 2-6).
–Clarifies requirements and authorization of hazardous duty incentive pay for engineer diving medical technicians in support of engineer diving (para 2-6).
–Corrects reference to the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation for payment of hazardous duty incentive pay to engineer divers (para 2-6).
–Clarifies who can rate and revocate ratings of engineer divers (para 2-9).
–Clarifies diving supervisor requirement(para 2-10, table 2-2).
–Revises minimum air diving staffing levels to include self-contained underwater breathing apparatus in support of mine and countermine operations and adds recommended staffing levels, and revises format of table 2-2 (para 2-10, table 2-2).
–Eliminates the revocation of dive rating for failing master diver certification and not qualifying within 24 months (para 2-13).
–Clarifies Master Diver Certification Board proceedings (para 2-14).
o Makes these changes to combat diving requirements:
–Revises combat diver qualification courses to include “other USASOCapproved diver training courses” (para 2-15).
–Designates the USASOC command surgeon as the appointing authority for diving medical officers (para 2-15).
–Revises selection criteria for attendance at the Command Diver Qualification Course to include military service academy or Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets (para 2-16).
–Changes all references from combat diving medical technician to diving medical technician (DMT).
–Revises application requirements for DMT training to include graduation from the Special Operations Combat Medic Course and certification by the battalion commander (para 2-17).