Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger

Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger

by Dick Couch


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Sua Sponte
Latin for “Of Their Own Accord”
The 75th Ranger Regiment’s Motto
Army Rangers are not born. They are made. The modern 75th Ranger Regiment represents the culmination of 250 years of American soldiering. As a fighting force with our nation’s oldest and deepest tradition, the Regiment traces its origins to Richard Rogers’s Rangers during the prerevolutionary French and Indian War, through the likes of Francis Marion and John Mosby, to the five active Ranger battalions of the Second World War, and finally, to the four battalions of the current Ranger regiment engaged in modern combat.
Granted unprecedented access to the training of this highly restricted component of America’s Special Operations Forces in a time of war, retired Navy captain Dick Couch tells the personal story of the young men who begin this difficult and dangerous journey to become Rangers. Many will try, but only a select few will survive to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Sua Sponte follows a group of these aspiring young warriors through the crucible that is Ranger training and their preparation for direct-action missions in Afghanistan against America’s enemies, anywhere, any time, and under any conditions.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425253601
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 205,945
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dick Couch served with the Navy Underwater Demolition and SEAL Teams. He led one of the only successful POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War, while a platoon leader with SEAL Team One in 1970.
On release from active duty in 1972, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as a Maritime Operations Officer. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1997 with the rank of captain. The author of numerous books and articles on military special operations, he serves as a consultant and keynote speaker on issues of tactical ethics and moral battlefield conduct.

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"A great piece that describes how the reputation of Rangers . . . reflects the leaders that select and mold them." —-Gen. (Ret.) Stanley A. McChrystal

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Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a combat vet from the first Gulf War. A hospital Corpsman with 1st CEB, 1st Mar Div, Task Force Ripper. I read a great deal of military history and have read most of Capt Couch's books. They are great. There is not rythm here, it is a painful book to read. Normally a 350 page book with Spec Ops is done in a few days. I have had this for 5 days and cant seem to finish it. He keeps writing in the first person, there is no rhyme or reason to what he puts down. THIS is a fantastic opportunity to get inside the 75th Ranger Regiment. Instead it is written for dummies. I have not learned a single thing from this book. Whereas his work Finishing school is very informative. In some of the recent books from the Teams, Seals dont say nice things about Capt Couch. It is time for him to put away his paddle and his pen. THIS BOOK SUCKS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
High standards , expectations, effort and dedication SUA SPONTE RLTW !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dick Couch provided an informative, impassioned, & accurate description of Ranger training, the structure of the 75th Ranger Regiment, garrison life for regimental Rangers, & the Operational Tempo at the time of publication.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captian of black team.
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Dick Couch never disappoints.