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Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    A poignant observation of US Army Special Forces Training

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Mehhh!

    Not that great of a book. I guess i might have expected to much and was let down

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    Mr. Couch brings exceptional attention to detail, a passion for

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Excellent read

    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

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    fantastic book

    great informative book about not only knowing what it take's, but what it take's to become part of a select brotherhood in the US Army!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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