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The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident Paperback – May 31, 2005
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“Lively, informative, and intimidating.” —Bob Kerrey, president, New School University, BUD/S Class 42
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But how are Navy SEALs made? Dick Couch, author of the acclaimed "Warrior Elite, follows SEALs on the ground and in the water as they undergo SEAL Tactical Training, where they master combat skills such as precision shooting, demolitions, secure communications, parachuting, diving, and first aid. From there, the men enter operational platoons, where they subordinate their individual abilities to the mission of the group and train for special operations in specific geographic environments.
Never before has a civilian writer been granted such close access to the training of America's most elite military forces. "The Finishing School is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America's best warriors.
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Couch provides insight into what makes SEALS succeed (or fail) and enriches our understanding of how crucial training is to their complicated missions. I felt like I was there in the classroom and on the range with them at all times. Yes, the training evolutions do seem to go on without end, but that's one of the book's points: these guys are the best trained, toughest warriors the world has ever seen, and they will come after you from the sea, the air, or on land.
I particularly enjoyed the sections dealing with the SEAL weaponry; the choices they have are fascinating and scary. If you're a Navy buff, or in the least bit interested in what force America can project almost anywhere on earth, then this book is for you.
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There are plenty of stories about SEALs and hell week, and extreme heroics. This accounting focuses I the steps that are less glorious but essential and formative to creating a... Read morePublished 17 days ago by S. Rayball
This is a great read and an imperative part of any SEAL hopeful's journey. This is the most in-depth account of SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) I have found anywhere. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Pat O'M
This book is phenomenal. The way it gives you insight into truly how tough and challenging Buds is. I mean in my mind the insight that he gives is hard to find. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Will
This work is a rare gem that I somehow could afford. Written by a man that has been through the same training years earlier, many things have changed and many parts of the training... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rex Robinson