Lees Graduates from Army Combat Diver Course

The Army Combat Diver Qualification Course is one of the most challenging qualifications in the U.S. military. Cadet Tommy Lees ’24 was ready for the demanding course and recently graduated CDQC alongside Army Rangers and Green Berets.—Photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

Tommy Lees ’24 recently graduated from Army Combat Diver Qualification Course in Key West, Florida.

CDQC is a six-week course known by many as one of the most challenging and selective qualifications in the United States military. On top of being physically and academically demanding, CDQC requires combat divers to work extremely well as members of a team and under high-pressure situations.

“While it is impressive for Army Rangers and Green Berets to graduate from this Special Operations school, it is even more impressive for an ROTC cadet to rise to the occasion,” said  Scott Thacker, VMI head swimming and diving coach. “We are proud of our very own for representing us well in the Army special ops community.”

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