Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine

Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine

by Dick Couch
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Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine by Dick Couch

Established in 1986, the U.S. Special Operations Command was set up to bring the special operational disciplines of all branches of the military under a single, unified command to act on missions involving unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, and direct action…

The Marine Special Operations Command (“MARSOC”) is the newest component of the military’s shift toward a fully integrated Special Operations Command structure. At first, the Marines were strongly against any Marines serving under anyone other than another Marine.

Then 9/11 happened.

In the years following, Marine forces found themselves growing more agreeable to inter-branch operational command, finally forming the Marine Special Operations Command in 2006. Always Faithful, Always Forward follows the journey of a class of Marine candidates from their recruitment, through assessment and selection, to their qualification as Marines Special Operators.

The assessment, selection, and training regimes are a combination of psychological testing and intense military training as well as being a physical and professional rite of passage. MARSOC Marines must be efficient, agile, independent, and prepared to live hard in the field. They are warriors trained in the full range of military skills, as well as teachers who can train locals to defend their communities and lead them in battle. But above all, they are Marines. Their ability to leverage their numbers by embedding with the locals and to live in remote locations has, in their short history, made them a valuable force and one with great utility in remote reaches of the world.

Retired Navy Captain Dick Couch has been given unprecedented access to this new command and to the individual Marines of this exceptional special-operations unit, allowing him to chronicle the history and development of the Marine Special Operations Command and how they find, recruit, and train their special operators.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101630198
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 134,940
File size: 14 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dick Couch served with the Navy Underwater Demolition and SEAL Teams. He led one of the only successful POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War, while a platoon leader with SEAL Team One in 1970. On release from active duty in 1972, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as a Maritime Operations Officer. He is the author of numerous books and articles on military special operations. He also serves as a consultant and keynote speaker on issues of tactical ethics, moral battlefield conduct, and the future employment American Special Operations Forces. Dick and his wife, Julia, live in Idaho. He is also the author of Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger.

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Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Buffalojim More than 1 year ago
Could you make it as a Special Operations Marine? Best selling author, Dick Couch takes you through the process in his new book Always Faithful. Always Forward. As in several of his previous books, Dick goes with a class seeking to graduate as Special Ops Marines. He lives, eats, sleeps—what little they do—with them and in this book he picks three to follow from beginning to end. The course is a grueling, grinding, crushing trial of the Marine’s total self to see if he measures up. If he does, he is a Special Operations Marine for the rest of his career. They are operating in 90 countries today. They have been in 120 so far. If you like military information you will love this book. Couch is a retired US Navy SEAL Captain and former CIA Maritime Operations Officer.
SEAL76 More than 1 year ago
Any book written by Dick Couch is worth reading. He sticks to the facts without being textbook like. I had the privilege of swerving with Mr, Couch as a SEAL during the Vietnam War, so maybe I am biased. I have read every book he has written and this one maintains his high standards.