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There is a pod of good books on the SEALs, but this one is unique. Couch, a Vietnam-era SEAL and retired naval reserve captain, was given the most complete access possible to the demanding BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) course and has recorded his observations, those of one who has been there and done a good deal of that. His account of Hell Week, the culmination of a formidable three-phase course intended to produce men who are physically, psychologically, and technically the best in the world at what they do, may leave the average reader short of breath. Few Hollywood stereotypes are on view; in their stead are a man who passed BUD/S at age 39, a superb swimmer who was disqualified for sinus problems, and a trainee at the low end of the fitness scale who subsequently won the Congressional Medal of Honor. Also on view is much serious thought by serious thinkers on the making of warriors at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Roland Green
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"The Warrior Elite is the first book that captures how the SEAL spirit is tempered. It reveals all the grit, sweat, mud, and blood of BUID/S training -- real-time, down and dirty. This is a must-read if you want to know what becoming a virtual warrior is all about." -- Governor Jesse Ventura, BUD/S Class 58
"A wonderful, thought-provoking book by Dick Couch and a quick study of human personalities; his conclusions are optimistic and uplifting." -- Vice Admiral James Stockdale (USN. Ret.) Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
"The Warrior Elite offers superb insight into the making of a Navy SEAL. Dick Couch takes the reader through the incredible challenges of basic training and into the minds of these unique warriors who comprise our nation's highly selective fighting force. Having served extensively with Dick in combat as junior officers in Vietnam, I now understand the "how's and why's" of his profession and the SEALs' commitment to mission. The Warrior Elite captures the essence of a Navy SEAL -- the indomitable will to win and steadfast commitment to team." -- Robert J. Natter, Admiral, U.S. Navy, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
"An authentic voice that spells out what it takes to become a SEAL--the sheer grit to overcome all obstacles. America is lucky that it continues to attract such men as these to serve." -- Theodore Roosevelt IV, Class 36
From the Hardcover edition.
The book is a very fast read. I really enjoy stories about military training so I dove in. The writing style is easy to read but the quality of the writing is maybe average. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dennis Cox
Excellent detailed insight into the incredible rigors of seal training. An amazing story of our brave young men being asked that so few of us would ever endour.Published 1 month ago by Barbara Pederson
Dick Couch gives a comprehensive account of the trials and rigors or SEAL training. The book gives readers a ringside view of the magnitude of training required to wear the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald E. Medaris, Jr.
Very well written with passion, insight knowledge and a suitable level for details that it is informative for everybody interested in the subject of how to form elite warriors.Published 1 month ago by Jan Stilling Soerensen
Anything you need to know about becoming a NS. The physical aspect as well as the mental side are explained. Very informative and definitely inspiring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hikingfreak
Excellent documentation of Navy SEAL BUDS Training. Dick Couch took you inside the struggles, stress, and even some hi points for BUDS class 228. Fun read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kevin Corbett