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The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    An Insightful Description of current US Navy SEAL Training!

    Captain Couch (USN retired) had full access to several SEAL classes as they completed every step of training that the Navy requires for a SEAL to earn the Trident and then (after even more training) become a member of a SEAL platoon that is fully prepared to deploy into potential combat zones. As a former Marine, I really enjoyed reading this book! It begins with a review of BUD/S training (the subject of a previous book by Mr. Couch), and continues to detail SEAL Qualification Training (SQT), Cold Weather Training, and the platoon-level training that precedes deployment. I have read many books by former SEALs, but this was definitely the most comprehensive and informative of them all. Despite its intricate level of detail, Mr. Couch kept the text engaging and the language accessible to both veterans and civilians. The focus is on the active-duty SEAL trainees and their trainers, not the author. Finally, while he kept some classified information out of the book, he was careful to always identify the omissions and explain the purpose for them.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    You are not done yet

    Most SEAL and/or special forces books focus on the SEAL operator's first training program, BUDS. This book provides a look at the next training/evaluation stage after BUDS. Training never stops or as the operators might say, the only easy day was yesterday. After BUDS and before going down range [fleet deployments], the newly minted frogmen need further advanced training and preparation. They are far from ready to join the teams. The book explains the next intense training phase before the operators are awarded their trident badge and join the teams.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2006

    Future Navy Seal

    I am a 13 year old named Josh, and I love this book. It couldn't be any better. It's not boring at all like some informative books are.You have to read it!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    best book ever

    the coolest book

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