MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT -- Cpl. David P. Osborne joined the Marine Corps as a tropospheric scatter radio multi-channel equipment operator, but after becoming a corporal, he volunteered for a job to challenge himself to the deepest depths of his abilities as a Marine Combat Instructor for Water Survival.
Osborne is now the assistant chief instructor at Cherry Point’s combat pool where he teaches Marines water survival basics. He also teaches the intermediate course, which prepares Marines for amphibious situations in garrison and combat environments such as helicopter casting, beach storming tactics or open water training in the deep sea.
Having to teach so many Marines at once leads to high levels of stress for Osborne and other water survival instructors.
“The most challenging part of the job is keeping accountably of all the Marines on the pool deck at all times,” said Osborne. “Having eyes on everyone is key. You have no way of knowing who or when someone will go down.”
Helping Marines advance their careers by passing higher levels of swim qualifications is a benefit of the job, he said. There is a great sense of pride that comes with being an MCIWS instructor.
Osborne looks forward to the chance to re-enlist, and the opportunity to pick up sergeant and further lead Marines.
“Being a corporal allows me to have an effect on Marines,” said Osborne. “Being able to become a sergeant will allow me to have a greater impact on more Marines.”