Chosen Soldier

Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780307394798
Format: PDF
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IN combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. We are fighting guerrilla wars, against insurgents hidden in remote regions, often deep among the local population. In battles such as these, squadrons of billion-dollar bombers and naval fleets mean much less than on-the-ground intelligence and the ability to organize local forces. That’s why, more than ever before, we need men like those of the Army Special Forces—the legendary Green Berets. In Chosen Soldier, Dick Couch—a former Navy SEAL widely admired for his books about SEAL training and operations—offers an unprecedented view of the training of the Army Special Forces warrior. Each year, several thousand enlisted men and several hundred officers volunteer for Special Forces training; less than a quarter of those who apply will complete the course. Chosen Soldier spells out in fascinating detail the arduous regimen these men undergo—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 they gather operational intelligence to their skills at negotiating with volatile, often hostile, local leaders. Green Berets are expected to be deadly in combat, yes, but their responsibilities go far beyond those of other Special Operations fighters; they’re taught to operate in foreign cultures, often behind enemy lines; to recruit, train, and lead local forces; to gather intelligence in hostile territory; to forge bonds across languages and cultures. They must not only be experts in such fields as explosives, communications, engineering, and field medicine, but also be able to teach those skills to others. Each and every Green Beret must function as tactical combat leader, negotiator, teacher, drill sergeant, and diplomat. These tasks require more than just physical prowess; they require a unique mix of character, intelligence, language skills, and—most of all—adaptability. It’s no wonder that the Green Berets’ training regimen is known as the hardest in the world. Drawing on his unprecedented access to the closed world of Army Special Forces training, Dick Couch paints a vivid, intimate portrait of these extraordinary men and the process that forges America’s smartest, most versatile, and most valuable fighting force. From the Hardcover edition.

Chosen Soldier

Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
ISBN: 0307339394
Format: PDF
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Documents the complete training regimen of the U.S. Army's Special Forces soldiers, the Green Berets, from their initial recruitment, through their physically and mentally grueling course of training, detailing the special character, intelligence, language skills, and adaptability that the Army looks for in selecting these versatile troops. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Chosen Soldier

Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307339386
Format: PDF, Docs
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Percy is incredibly accident-prone, and holds the dubious record of the most accidents. Percy has had a small rivalary with Harold, however, they are always willing to help each other when in trouble.

Sua Sponte

Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425253600
Format: PDF
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Describes the ranger training and direct-action missions undertaken by the young warriors deployed in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban as part of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Masters of Chaos

Author: Linda Robinson
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 0786738154
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Special Forces soldiers are daring, seasoned troops from America's heartland, selected in a tough competition and trained in an extraordinary range of skills. They know foreign languages and cultures and unconventional warfare better than any U.S. fighters, and while they prefer to stay out of the limelight, veteran war correspondent Linda Robinson gained access to their closed world. She traveled with them on the frontlines, interviewed them at length on their home bases, and studied their doctrine, methods and history. In Masters of Chaos she tells their story through a select group of senior sergeants and field-grade officers, a band of unforgettable characters like Rawhide, Killer, Michael T, and Alan -- led by the unflappable Lt. Col. Chris Conner and Col. Charlie Cleveland, a brilliant but self-effacing West Pointer who led the largest unconventional war campaign since Vietnam in northern Iraq. Robinson follows the Special Forces from their first post-Vietnam combat in Panama, El Salvador, Desert Storm, Somalia, and the Balkans to their recent trials and triumphs in Afghanistan and Iraq. She witnessed their secret sleuthing and unsung successes in southern Iraq, and recounts here for the first time the dramatic firefights of the western desert. Her blow-by-blow story of the attack on Ansar al-Islam's international terrorist training camp has never been told before. The most comprehensive account ever of the modern-day Special Forces in action, Masters of Chaos is filled with riveting, intimate detail in the words of a close-knit band of soldiers who have done it all.

The Warrior Elite

Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0307566234
Format: PDF
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With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world. What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep? In The Warrior Elite, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch documents the process that transforms young men into warriors. SEAL training is the distillation of the human spirit, a tradition-bound ordeal that seeks to find men with character, courage, and the burning desire to win at all costs, men who would rather die than quit. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Guerrilla Factory

Author: Tony Schwalm
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451623615
Format: PDF
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A retired lieutenant colonel presents a behind-the-scenes portrait of the legendary North Carolina camps where Special Forces soldiers are trained, outlining the infamous Q Course where leaders endure brutal tests of strength, stamina and psychology. 75,000 first printing.

Gentlemen Bastards

Author: Kevin Maurer
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425253597
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An award-winning reporter who traveled with Green Beret Special Forces in Afghanistan describes how over the past nine years their focus has shifted from going on offensive raids to training Afghan security forces and building a new government.

The Green Berets

Author: Robin Moore
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312984922
Format: PDF, ePub
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An action-packed novel--originally published in 1965 and updated to include new role of modern-day Special Forces in the war against terrorism--describes the operations, dangerous missions, and guerrilla warfare tactics of the United States Army Special Forces fighting in the Vietnam War. Reprint.

Always Faithful Always Forward

Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425268608
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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. Always Faithful, Always Forward follows the journey of a single class of Marine candidates from their recruitment, assessment, selection, and finally the lengthy training regime that qualifies them as Marines Special Operators. 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. Retired Navy captain Dick Couch has been given unprecedented access to this new command and to the individual marines of this new and unique special-operations unit. Always Faithful, Always Forward chronicles the history, development, and current training cycle of the warriors of the Marine Special Operations Command.