Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior

Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior

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Overview

An unprecedented view of Green Beret training, drawn from the year Dick Couch spent at Special Forces training facilities with the Army’s 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 Forces–the 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 America’s smartest, most versatile, and most valuable fighting force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307339393
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 165,801
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

DICK COUCH, a former Navy SEAL, is the author of The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228.

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Chapter One Special Forces 101—History, Training, and Organization
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"Definitive . . . insightful . . . should be read by every American who despairs [about] current tumult." —-Linda Robinson, author of Masters of Chaos

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Chosen Soldier 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
TonyRR More than 1 year ago
Mr. Couch knows how to really put into writing the trials that are endured in the course of training US military special operators for duty, and this book is no exception. His writing is clear and concise, yet moving all the same. You feel as if you also get to know these Special Forces candidates as individuals with hopes and aspirations and not just as names. Likewise, if it's detail you're after, Dick Couch does not disappoint. Those familiar with his writings on SEAL team training will find this book covers different ground, which is expected since the Special Forces mission tasking is a good bit different from that of SEALs. Nevertheless, you'll be taken on the training ranges with these courageous, spirited men and slog through a land navigation practical right along with them, among many other training evolutions. If this is the first taste of Dick Couch's non-fiction, I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised and engrossed. If you're an old hand though, there's no disappointment to be found here. I'm anxiously awaiting to see if Mr. Couch is granted access to other special operations training venues. I think he's certainly found one more calling to add to an already impressive list of lifetime literary and military accomplishments. HOO YAH, Mr. Couch!
CGA More than 1 year ago
Mr. Couch brings exceptional attention to detail, a passion for interacting with the current generation of special operations personnel, and his own perspective as a retired US Navy SEAL officer & CIA case officer to his observations of Special Forces training. He thanks the chain of command for the exceptional access that he was granted, and draws the reader into the story by going beyond the details of the training evolutions & military hardware into the personal lives of the SF trainees and their instructors (while changing names as appropriate). I was slightly disappointed by the subtle change in passion from the author relative to his previous works on SEAL training (i.e., The Finishing School), but I'd still strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the training and missions of the US Army Special Forces ("Green Berets"). Finally, I'd like to state that I completely support the author's assertion that the "by, with, and through" approach of the SF is critical to our engagements in Iraq & Afghanistan. As a former Marine, I have been very impressed by Mr. Couch's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author is brilliant in recognizing the elements in which he writes of as being an exceptional component to the security of our nation. In this case the men of the US Army Special Forces
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Great training summary and excellent commentary at the end.
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