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Class-29: The Making of U. S. Navy SEALs

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"Throughout training I kept having the thought,
WELL, ALL THEY CAN DO IS KILL ME.
It seemed to help."        

SEALs are the world's toughest soldiers. Working in squads and platoons that make up SEAL teams, they are trained in everything from underwater demolition to high-altitude parachute drops. Now John Carl Roat, graduate of Class-29, one of the earliest SEAL training classes, has written the only ...

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Class-29: The Making of U. S. Navy SEALs

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Overview

"Throughout training I kept having the thought,
WELL, ALL THEY CAN DO IS KILL ME.
It seemed to help."        

SEALs are the world's toughest soldiers. Working in squads and platoons that make up SEAL teams, they are trained in everything from underwater demolition to high-altitude parachute drops. Now John Carl Roat, graduate of Class-29, one of the earliest SEAL training classes, has written the only book devoted to the training of that exclusive warrior force. With unflinching honesty, Roat describes the brutal six-month program that took young men well beyond the endurance limits even of gifted athletes and created warriors who could proudly take their places in the teams. It was a program so demanding that by the end of Hell Week, the third week of the course, the original class of one hundred and thirty-four physically fit young men had been sliced to sixty-two.

After retelling his own class's experience, Roat visits today's SEAL program and reveals how the program has changed over the last thirty-five years to include more classroom training and better and more sophisticated equipment— without at all lowering the physical demands. SEAL training is still the best, and the toughest, training in the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804118934
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST BALLEN
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 969,752
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carl Roat was born in 1942 in Flint, Michigan. In January 1963, he started Underwater Demolition Team replacement training with Class-29. After completing training, John served with UDT-21, UDT-11, and SEAL Team-1. In 1965, John married the former Judith Jo Younger. They have two sons, four grandchildren, and thirty-five years of marriage. Since leaving the navy in 1969, John has made his living as a commercial diver, diving supervisor, and diving consultant. CLASS-29 is his first book, and he is writing a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2003

    Hell Yes

    Funniest SEAL book ever read. Just reading it gives you fire in the gut. Definately a good read, DEFINATELY. Hooyah Mr. Roat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2002

    Serious & Funny

    Helped me understand why we are winning this odd war. Who says you can¿t be tough and funny. These guys will warm your heart and help ease your mind as to the war.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2001

    Superior book by one of the best SEALs in the business!

    As a retired Navy SEAL with two tours of BUD/S instructor duty under my belt I supervised over twenty SEAL hellweeks. I can tell you for a fact that the realism and honesty J.C. Roat brings to the pages of Class-29 makes this book, without a doubt, the definitive primer on what it takes to become a United States Navy SEAL! It stands as the only legitimate treatment of a subject matter, far too often prone to hype and Hollywood glitz. If you want to know what the real deal is - read Class-29!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2001

    YES!

    I was given Class-29 as a gift, WHAT A GIFT, I have read it three times and know Mr. Roat's class mates by heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    One Hell of a Good Book

    Class-29 is a great book to take you through the Teams in the view of a trainee. Once I started I couldnt put it down, there is not one boring part in this book. I have read many books on the Teams and this definately ranks high, -good job Mr.Roat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    THE BEST

    The BEST damn SEAL book ever, and I have read them all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Sit by the fire when you read this

    When you dive into John Roats book about UDT Training, it is though you are there yourself, freezing your a** off in cold water with sand in places on your body where sand should not be. John puts about as much life into BUDS Training as can be done without actually attending it yourself. To most arm chair warriors, this will be as close as we ever come to what happens during the creation of the mental and physical aspects of what it takes to become a SEAL. Excellent job, John, you have done the SpecWar Community proud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2000

    A great, down-to-earth account of U.S. Navy UDT training

    The author's retelling of what he and his fellow teammates went through during U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team training is an excellent account of determination and teamwork. This book is not a typical special warfare, shoot-em-up, Rambo-type story. It's just the real deal, no BS description of what it takes, and what kind of person has what it takes, to make it through the world's hardest training program. Alot of what John Roat describes about what he and his fellow teammates had to do, has parallels with many other aspects of everyday life; not just military training. Having the motivation, ingenuity, and just plain guts to tough it out when the going seems impossible, and you could just as easily quit. A great read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2000

    Class-29 UDT Seal

    This has to be the best book I have ever read. It takes you through BUD/s better than any other book out there. With descriptions of everything from Hell week to day and night evolutions to the dreaded Gig Squad, this book covers it all. Class-29 takes you on a ride through the toughest military training in the world and is covered in a way that once you start reading you'll never want to put it down. Anyone thinking about BUD/s should read this book. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2000

    I read the Class-29 reunion copy -

    The young men in this book come to life with the colorful discriptions. The story about the monkey has you laughing out loud. I am anxious to read the added chapters about the training today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Fantastic Reading

    easy reading, you dont want to put it down, I have read the limited edition and cant wait for this final copy to come out, great reading to find out what training was and is- Hoo-YAH

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    BUD/S

    The best book about the overall training experience

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