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Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger
     

Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger

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by Dick Couch, Pete Larkin (Narrated by)
 

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The 75th Ranger Regiment is a unique and distinct culture among the American military establishment. They stand alone, even among our other Special Operations forces, as the most active brigade-sized force in the current Global War on Terrorism. Since 9/11, the Regiment has been the only continuously engaged unit in the Army and has had forty percent of its number

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The 75th Ranger Regiment is a unique and distinct culture among the American military establishment. They stand alone, even among our other Special Operations forces, as the most active brigade-sized force in the current Global War on Terrorism. Since 9/11, the Regiment has been the only continuously engaged unit in the Army and has had forty percent of its number deployed in harm's way for the last decade. Their mission is unique. Rangers do not patrol, they don't train allied forces, nor do they engage in routine counterinsurgency duties. They have a single-mission focus; they seek out the enemy and they capture or kill them. It sets Rangers apart as pure, direct-action warriors. Army Rangers are not born. They are made. The modern 75th Ranger Regiment represents the culmination of two hundred and fifty years of American soldiering. As the nation's oldest standing military unit, the Regiment traces its origins to Richard Rogers' Rangers during the pre-Revolutionary 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. Over that period, a standard of professional excellence and the forging of that excellence is distilled in the selection, assessment, and training of today's Rangers. 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 a Ranger. 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 the Taliban.

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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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A former Navy SEAL takes an inside look at how the Army selects and trains its elite warriors. Among the American military's special operations forces none has an older or more distinguished history than the Army Rangers. Couch (Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior, 2007, etc.) takes us briefly through these glittering annals, but quickly focuses on the unit's modern incarnation, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and its preparation of soldiers for their direct-action mission. A light infantry, mobile assault force that typically fights at night, the rapidly deployed Rangers conduct raids designed to kill or capture the enemy, to disrupt his operations, and to seize objectives like airports or embassies. To accomplish this mission, Ranger candidates, recruited from regular Army volunteers, undergo arduous training and merciless evaluation, all levels of which Couch examines. Granted unprecedented access, Couch follows a Ranger class through to its departure for the battlefield. He liberally sprinkles the narrative with interviews of the candidates and their trainers, paying due attention to the specific skills taught--shooting, breaching, mobility, hand-to-hand fighting, fast-roping, etc.--but focusing even more on a complete picture of the unique Ranger culture. The requisite physical fitness, intelligence, mental toughness, ethical maturity, patriotism and cultural suitability of each Ranger are always subject to proof in a regiment where you "have to earn your Scroll every day." The peer-review process will strike civilians as brutal, but the Rangers' candid assessment of their fellows, Couch makes clear, is crucial when lives depend on the creativity, cooperation, stability and reliability of each soldier. An admiring, inspiring account of how the Army shapes and sharpens the tip of its spear.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452635248
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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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

Meet the Author

Dick Couch is a former Navy SEAL and CIA case officer. He is the author of twenty-two books and a leading expert on military special operations training. In the course of his work, he has been embedded with SEALs, Green Berets, Rangers, and the Marine Raiders. His titles include The Warrior Elite and The Finishing School.

Pete Larkin is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and a 2014 Audie Award finalist. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets from 1988 to 1993. An award-winning on-camera host, Pete has worked on many industrial films and has done hundreds of commercials, promos, and narrations.

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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.