An unprecedented view of Green Beret training,drawn fromthe year Dick Couch spent at Special Forces training facilities with the Armys most elite soldiers.In combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology More than ever, we need men like those of the Army Special Forcesthe legendary Green Berets.Following the experiences of one class of soldiers as they endure this physically and mentally exhausting ordeal, Couch spells out in fascinating detail the demanding selection process and grueling field exercises, the high level technical training and intensive language courses, and the simulated battle problems that test everything from how well SF candidates gather operational intelligence to their skills at negotiating with volatile, often hostile, local leaders Chosen Soldier paints a vivid portrait of an elite group, and a process that forges Americas smartest, most versatile, and most valuable fighting force....
|Title||:||Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior|
|Publisher||:||Three Rivers Press Reprint edition March 25, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
|File Size||:||999 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior Reviews
This book wonderfully illustrates the courage, strength, and intelligence required of a special forces recruit. I especially liked the analogy that a special forces warrior is a member of the peace corp. on steroids. The individual stories of the different recruits that Mr. Couch followed made the difficulty of the training process that much more personal. The intense pressure that a recruit who wants to be at the command level must endure is incredible. This book should be required reading of any man who wants to join the special forces. I really enjoyed it.
An excellent book by a former Navy SEAL, and CIA operator detailing the making of a Green Berets soldier who he accurately points out is the most important asset our military has in the Global War On Terror & Radical Islamic Extremism. A must read for anyone who is thinking on volunteering for Special Forces & for those in conventional units to grasp & understand their capabilities & necessities to win & be successful in today & future wars & conflicts.
I have been looking into RANGER school for some time now ever since I was denied my school date due to "paperwork mishap" in AIT. Ever since I have been looking to aim higher for my career. I read this book every morning during my guard shift and I can barely put it down to perform the appropriate customs and courtesy's the job entails. I have had the distinct pleasure of working and training with one of the groups mentioned in this book and have used it to plan my approach to the Special Forces selection and training. Dick Couch really goes into every possible detail about the trials and tribulations each individual in his ODA experiences. He clearly explains all the way through the "X-ray" option of enlisting all the way through the Q-course and selection as well as in depth descriptions about the individual MOS training. I now know what I want to focus on most and aim for when I go to selection. I think every American should read this book so they can really get a grasp on the training these people go through to make them one of the best. It might make some appreciate the freedoms they have that we as military forfeit, and they as special forces soldiers protect on a first hand basis. I only wish Mr. Couch would write a book about Delta Force.
Dick Couch as always has a captivating way of writing that puts you in the perspective. I've read at least 3 of his books and this one might be the best. Compared to the seal books, this one has less on the managing and administrative side in my opinion and is hard to put down.
I must have seen this book in almost every PX or Surplus store and I never picked up. Suffice to say, seven years later and I am still in the military and I picked it up. And first and foremost, Mr. Couch definitely doesn't sell you anything. He's no-nonsense and all about business. I love his personal thoughts and his ability to see past Inter-service Rivalry and bring out the facts. He illustrated the importance of Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and he gets to the point.
I believe this is the first comprehensive look at the entire U.S. Army Special Forces selection, qualification and training process; certainly the most updated (as of around 2004-5). Couch, a former Navy SEAL, is full of praise for the abilities and character of those young sergeants and junior officers who earn their Green Beret. And while the prose at times lags with over emphasis on procedure, it is still a fascinating look at a world very few of us will ever experience.
This book gave me an entirely new view of the Special Forces. I generally read direct action books but after reading "Chosen Soldier" I have developed a new and deep respect for the Special Forces Operator". Interesting read.
The story and insights about the soldiers is much more important than ever. We are blessed the most talented people ever. They deserve to be utilized to best achieve their goals and objectives for they are out legacy to the world. They demonstrate the best of our society.