What is his rating (job/specialty)? That may help to answer the question.
You may wish to join the group, Machinest Mates (clickable link) and maybe someone in that group can help you. I'm not finding anything on it.
MM's don't need a special swim qual, it must be the command he was supposed to go to needed him to be a second class swimmer click there to learn more about the test. Even if people think they are good swimmers, the Navy is very picky about it being done the right way when it comes to second class swim qual.
"SOO seeing that this a Navy site for MOTHERS I thought I could get some kind of answer on this subject from other mothers that sons might have been through a similar experience." Regarding that comment...people can't help if you don't give all the details, and if you don't know them you might want to say that as people don't know you and your son are estranged
As always, you have "the real" information. Thanks for taking the time to answer questions time and time again. It's a difficult situation for taqJrsnavymom no matter what. Hope it improves for her in time. I believe it will. The young men will mature and they will see that they can have a decent relationship with both parents is possible. In taq's case, her son might have to tell the dad to back off. In general, time will help him see both sides.
What does being a divorced parent have anything to do with you not being informed?
A lot. My husband is an attorney with a great deal of knowledge about family law. Control of information is one of the way a husband (or wife) will use to punish the ex-spouse. Young men are often more comfortable being close to their dad than their moms when the parents split. They are always concerned that someone will call them a momma's boy - so young guys will often over react by ignoring the mother. Hurts like hell for the mom who is hurting already from the divorce. But some ex's can be real heels.
I have been happily married for 33 years - so it can be done.
This truly is a site for ALL loved ones though it started off with moms so please keep that in mind so that you don't inadvertently scare off a newbie that isn't a mom such as a sister, father, girlfriend, wife, etc. I am not a mom, I am a Navy Veteran and a Navy wife so I have 'lived Navy' for 13 years and have a little bit to offer to this community, I hope. I'm sorry that you are shut off from your son, that has to be so hard. ((((hugs)))) I advise you to reach out to your son and see if he responds in kind? I hope that you get your answers soon.