The Combat Dive Team

10. There are dive sections in the close support units (CER) and the general support unit (ESU). Divers in the CER normally do close support tasks, but could also be required to do general support tasks, with some refresher training. Divers in the ESU will focus on general support dive tasks, but are also capable of augmenting close support units, with some refresher training.

11. Divers are organized in the engineer units including one dive supervisor and one storeman to manage the equipment, training, readiness, and provide assistance in dive tasks. The divers are normally grouped in a single section, based on a dive section per field squadron. This type of grouping gives the section an integral capability to conduct dives, with their own dive supervisor, and reduces the turbulence of drawing divers from multiple sections for each dive task. If a formation and engineer unit are formed for an operation, the decision may be made to increase the number of dive sections.

12. Divers generally conduct dive tasks as a six-to-eight man team, although they could be employed in smaller groupings such as pairs. Combat divers are normally armed with either the C8 carbine or C7 rifle for self-defence and extraction. The C8 is preferred due to the reduced size, but it may not always be available. Future acquisitions of a personal defence weapon (PDW) may prove useful for divers. Figure 1-1 and 1-2 illustrate the general disposition of divers within the CER and ESR. This is not an establishment authorization. It is possible that other soldiers are dive qualified and are current, but they are not part of the essential establishment of divers within the regiments.



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