Doggy paddle is not a permitted stroke. Neither is backstroke anymore. Front crawl or beast stroke only.you need a swim test as part of your army basic trg if you cannot swim you will be taught, to the standard doggy paddle in coveralls. things may have changed these days. i am going back 20 years.
Does that mean on Jungle Training in Belize or Brunei you would not be able to do river crossings. What about the Gurkhas, a few of them must be non-swimmers?There are literally hundreds of people who cant swim in the Army, there are various courses and training, but unless your unit/garrison has a pool, few people can be arsed with it.
It used to be you couldnt pass out if you couldnt swim, now if you dont learn in training, you still pass out.
If you cant pass a military swim test, you will not be allowed to do certain AT activities.