UH ROTC Students Graduate From The U.S. Navy Dive School

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Jun 27, 2001

Two University of Hawaiʻi Army ROTC cadets, Edmund Chong and Vance Brunner, graduated from the arduous U.S. Navy Dive School in a ceremony at the training facility on Ford Island on June 15.

The two cadets are now qualified military deep-sea divers. Both cadets are currently attending the Army ROTC Advanced Leadership Camp at Fort Lewis, Washington before returning to the University of Hawaiʻi where they will be commissioned after they receive their degrees next year.Chong is a sociology major who plans to graduate in December. He holds the present record for most push-ups and sit-ups ever performed by a student in two minutes. Brunner is a liberal studies major in military studies and plans to graduate next spring.

The U.S. Navy Dive School at Ford Island conducts eight classes annually. The school has maintained about a 50 percent attrition rate and has graduated nearly 300 divers who are qualified to depths of 130 feet. Trainees must pass strenuous physical training qualifications including running, swimming (at various lengths and conditions), pull-ups, push-ups and sit-ups.