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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
 

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Sua Sponte
Latin for “Of Their Own Accord”
The 75th Ranger Regiment’s Motto
 
Army Rangers are not born. They are made. The modern 75th Ranger Regiment represents the culmination of 250 years of American soldiering. As a fighting force with our nation’s oldest and deepest tradition, the

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Sua Sponte
Latin for “Of Their Own Accord”
The 75th Ranger Regiment’s Motto
 
Army Rangers are not born. They are made. The modern 75th Ranger Regiment represents the culmination of 250 years of American soldiering. As a fighting force with our nation’s oldest and deepest tradition, the Regiment traces its origins to Richard Rogers’s Rangers during the prerevolutionary 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.
 
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 Rangers. 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 America’s enemies, anywhere, any time, and under any conditions.

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“A detailed and vivid look at how the Army Rangers train for war.”—Larry Bond, author of Exit Plan

"[Couch's] chronicle of the rigorous training that develops a young soldier into a young apprentice Ranger is detailed, accurate, and captivating."—General W. F. "Buck" Kernan, U.S. Army (Ret.)

"A great read that describes how the reputation of Rangers, now burnished with the exploits of the current generation in Afghanistan and Iraq, reflects the leaders that select and mold them."—General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army (Ret.)

"A wonderfully graphic account of the gut-busting ordeal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger in the 75th Ranger Regiment...Earning the tan beret is, quite simply, a test of manhood—only those with ample stocks of strength, stamina, commitment, and valor need apply."—Linda Robinson, author of Masters of Chaos

"Granted unprecedented access, Couch follows a Ranger class through to its departure for the battlefield...An admiring, inspiring account of how the Army shapes and sharpens the tip of its spear."—Kirkus Reviews

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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:
9781101585085
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
241,208
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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

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 retired from the Naval Reserve in 1997 with the rank of captain. The author of numerous books and articles on military special operations, he serves as a consultant and keynote speaker on issues of tactical ethics and moral battlefield conduct. Dick and his wife Julia live in Idaho.

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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.