Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior

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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...

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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.

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Among America's Special Forces, the Green Berets stand out because they can "do it all," according to this enthusiastic account of their training. Ex-SEAL Couch (Down Range) explains that Green Berets not only fight, they teach: living in the world's hot spots, they speak the language, win the trust of the locals, and train and fight alongside them to defeat a common enemy. They are the "Peace Corps with guns" and the key to winning the war on terror, he asserts. Only the most fit, smart, stable and multilingual need apply, but training is so rigorous that recruits first undergo 25 days of pretraining, from which only one-third proceed to Green Beret school, where attrition continues. Military buffs will enjoy the descriptions of exhausting marches, realistic combat simulations, high-tech weapons and dramatic instructor/student interactions. Though Thomas Ricks showed in Making the Corpsthat one can write an admiring account of an elite military unit without neglecting its warts and missteps, Couch loves the Green Berets too much to look beneath the surface; still. he tells an entertaining story. 16-page full-color insert. (Mar.)

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Former Navy SEAL Couch redeploys the you-are-there approach of The Warrior Elite (2001) to depict the grueling training undergone by Army Special Forces Class 8-04. Popularly known as the Green Berets, this elite program has a graduation rate of less than one in five. Beginning in August 2004, the author stayed for ten months at Camp Mackall in North Carolina, following the men closely as they were winnowed and hardened by the Special Forces Qualification Course and subsequent specialized training programs. First, however, Couch gives civilian readers some basic information about the mission and organization of Special Forces, a group that he believes is essential to winning the global war on terrorism. Standards are high, and candidates undergo mental and psychological screening as well as physical and professional assessment. The Green Berets, Couch stresses, are soldier-teachers who must be able to connect with and train local people to battle insurgents in their own country. Using lots of army acronyms and lingo, the veteran novelist (Silent Descent, 1993, etc.) creates an on-the-spot picture of the men's tough, dirty and exhausting daily life. Couch not only observes and reports on the exceptionally demanding classroom- and field-training, he interviews many students and their instructors. Class members, here given pseudonyms, seem to talk freely about their reasons for being in the program and their reactions to the training; staff comments about the men (including those who leave, voluntarily or involuntarily) are also frank. Macho prose full of praise for would-be warriors and the men who train them, seemingly designed to enthrall young men, boost recruitment and please the army.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307339393
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 164,911
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Foreword   Robert D. Kaplan     xiii
Introduction     1
Special Forces 101-History, Training, and Organization     21
Recruiting the Unconventional     45
The Preparation     61
The Selection     99
Special Forces Tactics     153
The 18 Series     209
The Detachment Commander     251
Robin Sage     287
Epilogue: After-Action Review     367
Glossary of Acronyms and Military Nomenclature     394
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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!

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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.

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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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  • 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 4 people found this review helpful.

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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!

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