The US Navy fitness test gives you the choice of swimming 500 yards or running 1.5 miles. If you had to take this test, which would you rather do?
I’m a competitive swimmer, easiest choice of my life
Either would be fine but I’d choose running.
I haven’t swam like that in a while but I could still swim that distance easy. No warm up
1.5 miles easily.
Both are easy, but I’d do swimming since it’s a better workout
Swim. Absolutely. Swim!
Swimming, because swimming!
I am unable to run at all, but I’ve always been very comfortable and confident in the water. I can swim for a long time without tiring. I have to choose swimming.
Either or, both are not that hard
They’re both pretty easy - and fun!
Probably something u wanna learn
Lol I'll just avoid the water
The water won’t avoid you though lol
Swimming is wonderful. You’re really missing out, you should learn
I kinda gave it a try in boot camp. I hated it.
If I remember correctly, when I was in Boot Camp, I had no choice. I had to do both. We have to continually dumb down our arm forces, because people aren’t willing to suck it up and push themselves. Or maybe, my generation was just in better shape.
In navy and USMC boot camp....you are required to pass a run as well as a swimming qualification both. In this case-I’m just referring to the semi-annual Navy pft. When I was in....you had your pushups, sit-ups & choice of swim or run.
OK, we never had to preform a swim requirement after boot camp.
My dad did for the Russian navy. Which seemed a bit pointless for the submarine crews but what do I know.
Each generation loses more testosterone
Hey, I have plenty of testosterone. It’s just hiding behind my “this is too hard and I’m lazy” genes.
I enjoy swimming and have done 500 meters before (so basically 500 yards), but for me running would be easier and I would make a better time.
As someone who has to go through it in january I'd rather swim
best of luck!
I was in an NQS so this is an easy choice :)
I’d much rather swim.
At eighty years old, I’d be unlikely to pass either. Swimming is more enjoyable, though, and a better form of exercise.
I was a helicopter aircrewman rescue swimmer in the US Navy. I’ll do both, one right after the other. Hoo yah!
Most people can run. You use those muscles all the time
If you don’t swim regularly you are not gonna make it
Good observation. If you’re not a regular swimmer....500 yards is a pretty good distance...especially in under 12 minutes.
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I’m a strong swimmer but 500 yards is a lot.
Real men join the marines.
Oh Scotty.....the USMC has the same requirement. Of course....you wouldn’t know this because you weren’t man enough to be a Devil Dog. Or a Squid. You didn’t even have enough sack to join the Air Force or the coast guard. I’m sure cub scouts was fun for you though.
All you Navy pussies do is transport the real men into combat.
Also “weren’t man enough”? Way to perpetuate outdated gender stereotypes and fuel the patriarchy. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Nothing more pathetic than a chickenshit who never served to be insulting veterans. Stay classy Scotty.
Were you ever “man enough” to try out for BUD/S?
I think what you will find among veterans is an automatic respect for anyone else that served honorably regardless of their role. And a similar contempt for people like you that didn’t have the fortitude to serve...but yet feel compelled to criticize people who did. Normally I would tell a douche like you to fuck off....but your patronizing question offers a chance to inform others.
As you may know, I was a sonar tech on submarines. There are many highly trained Navy ratings that are ineligible to be in seals-mine is one of them. I did however qualify and serve as a navy rescue swimmer. You’re welcome for my service.
So basically you couldn’t make the cut, huh? 🔔
Tell you what tough guy. I suggest you go sit in on the next meeting at your local VFW. Let everyone know you never served. Then go to every person -man or woman-in attendance-and ask them if they volunteered for BUD/S-then loudly call them a pussy if the answer is no. Let me know how that works out for you. Record it on your phone and post it on SOH...I will give you $100.
You’re just an Internet troll on a worthless phone app trying to make himself more of a man by pretending to be a veteran. You’re a fraud and a liar and we all see right through you. Stolen Valor!
I should have been more clear-I was thinking of boot camp swim requirements and service standards.
And it was Scotty that used the ‘pussy’ term.
Squid is the worst faker I’ve ever seen, such a disgrace.
Well you’re gonna be a busy man then.
Never claimed to be a jarhead. And requirements have evolved since I was in. Nothing but respect for the USMC and anyone that served honorably. Appreciate those details Nemmy. 👍🏼
So Squid what did you do after your supposed Navy service? Become an Astronaut I guess, huh? 🧑🏼🚀
My first post Navy job was working at Microsoft & I have been in the software business ever since.
Scotty you’re the biggest faker on this app. Aren’t you a muslim climate science?😂😂
How does one become a “Muslim climate science”? Less smoking crack in your daily habit would be beneficial.
Muslim climate scientist*. You knew what I meant you big faker.
Seriously, what the hell are you on cuz I want some!
I guess you’re on dementia medication?😂
No, I’m sorry, you must be off your dementia medication😂.
Had to switch to meth, far more effective.
It’s a hard thing to do but meth works like a charm!
Since I can't run unless something is chasing me....
I probably wouldn't do in the Olympics
I was in for 20 years mostly the fattys donthe swim
How fast do you have to run? I can do 1.5 miles in about thirteen and a half minutes.
Now neither is an option. The oxygen tank is to heavy. But when I was younger I swam a lot in the atlantic ocean and Lake Casse. I mile and a half is nothing. 500 yards is 1500 ft. Depends on what swim stroke you are using. Doggie paddle would hurt.
Most ppl arent making 100yds in the drink before gassing out.
I hate running, but I'm a good swimmer
Run, easily. I run 3 miles a day, 4 days a week.
I don’t know how to swim.
Hell, I jog 1.3 miles five days a week, and I haven't done any real swimming in years. No brainer.
Swim, but only because my knees are pretty much destroyed.....
I chose Run, but right now, my knees are giving me fits. My good knee is now my bad one. 🙄 And, it was an issue when I tried to swim on vacation.
Probably the swim, especially if it’s in September or October after I’ve been swimming all summer.
I just looked up that swimming distance. If anyone is interested, it equates to 9 laps in an Olympic sized pool.
My best guess is that I could do about half of that easily at the end of the summer. It’d start getting a little challenging by lap 5 and become much more difficult quickly. By the last lap, I bet I’d be dying, even when I’m in shape.
swim no problem
Swim. Easy. As long as there isn’t a time requirement.
I don’t think I could *run* a single block without dropping dead. I can walk for miles, though. At least until my feet or knees give me hell. Sometimes I think I could swim forever.
I swam on our local swim team for years until about halfway through high school. It’s still my second-favorite form of exercise, right after walking.
There is a time requirement, but it varies by age. Can’t find a reliable source-so assume 12 minutes.
I don’t know what my times are, any more. I keep track of laps, but that’s about all. And I haven’t been swimming for a while, as much as I enjoy it. Can’t go jump in the pool tomorrow and find out how far I get in 12 min, either... It’s drained for some resurfacing & other stuff, for the next 2-3 weeks.
I wonder what time limit they’d set for a 73-year-old...
What is the time requirement for running?
12 minutes isn’t all that bad. It’s less than a third of a mile of swimming, and when I was in high school, people were swimming that distance in under 5 minutes.
I swam in high school, where practices were upwards of 6-7,000 yards per day, 6 days a week. I could handle 500 pretty easily, even now. 1.5 miles is ok too, but I always get cramps while running.
If you were on a HS swim team-Navy minimum standards should be a snap.
Same here. 500 yards was barely the warmup. We did 10k yards a day during hell week. However...that was like 20 years ago and I’m totally out of shape. Depends on the time limit for running and swimming.
I’d rather swim but I would fail. 😒
I don’t think that I’ve ever swam 500 yards.
I'll survive the running. 500 yards is 1500 feet, which is quarter mile. That is a full lap on the track, but swimming.
Actually about 30% of a mile, not 25%.
I couldn’t complete either test. But, with the running test, at least, I wouldn’t have to worry about drowning.