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Keith Caraway, a 20-year US Army military veteran and guest on “The David Johnson Show”, laughs about the time he had to pass the swim test to achieve a guaranteed station of choice. 

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Video Transcription:

Keith Caraway – After we were done with the recruiting program, they gave you guaranteed station of choice. In the process of that, I found out about the 160th (Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), and the lady was like, “You know, the success rate is 41 percent.” I was like, “But it says if I do recruiting, I get guaranteed station, with a pinpoint assignment. She was like, “Well, you know, they’re swimming.” Hey, I’m black and I can swim. I took care of my kids too, you jive turkey son of a…haha … anyway.

Well, the thing was, they thought that black guy can’t swim. It did eliminate a lot of people, later on when I got there. Oh man, it was like all my black buddies “It was swimming that got us.” Bad day, bad look. You talk about it, we owned that stereotype right there, man! It was us, and then there was me. I almost didn’t make it either. It was the first time I had to swim with equipment on. You know how you do the 10-foot drop? You swim to the next instructor and then you do the treading? I was about to quit. I put my head back and I was like, “F***!.” When I did that, my head floated. A guy said, “Time.” I said, “I made it, yes!



David Johnson

David Johnson is the show creator and host of “The David Johnson Show”, the YouTube video show for military veterans that gives a voice to veterans and military fans in the post 9/11-era. “The David Johnson Show” features military veterans growing into successful civilian lives, as well as entrepreneurs who can help those in the military and veteran communities.

David served in the U.S. Army from 2000-2006 and was deployed to Iraq in 2003, 2004 and 2005 with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) ODA 085 & 086. Utilizing the G.I. Bill after his ETS, David graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 and immediately started his career as a full-time entrepreneur.

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David Johnson

David Johnson is the show creator and host of “The David Johnson Show”, the YouTube video show for military veterans that gives a voice to veterans and military fans in the post 9/11-era. “The David Johnson Show” features military veterans growing into successful civilian lives, as well as entrepreneurs who can help those in the military and veteran communities.

David served in the U.S. Army from 2000-2006 and was deployed to Iraq in 2003, 2004 and 2005 with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) ODA 085 & 086. Utilizing the G.I. Bill after his ETS, David graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 and immediately started his career as a full-time entrepreneur.