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  • I enjoy books on military history and training, and I am impressed by Couch’s ability to bring out the technical and character training that BUD/S candidates go through during the beginning stages of their training for a Navy Seal Trident
  • It’s easy for authors to concentrate to much on the pain factor of Special Operations Training, but Couch manages to avoid this pitfall, and presented me will a thoughtful view of not only the training, but the men and the character of those men, who undergo some, if not the, most difficult training in the United States Military
  • I particularly enjoyed the fact that Couch doesn’t spend a great deal of time on the history of the United States Navy Seals but jumps right into his journey through their training
  • Usually, I don’t enjoy when an author directs his voice into the narrative, but I found Couch’s personal experience as a former operator to be invaluable to bring out the emotion and difficulty of what the men of the BUD/S class were going through
  • I liked that he had been there and done it, and I thought I was listening to a participant instead of an expert

    • by Ryan Carter
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      Dick Couch is a former Navy Seal whose book, “The Warrior Elite” brings out some of the most poignant and gut churning moments in the Basic Under Water Demolition School Program for the selection and training of United States’ Navy Seals. I enjoy books on military history and training, and I am impressed by Couch’s ability to bring out the technical and character training that BUD/S candidates go through during the beginning stages of their training for a Navy Seal Trident.

      It’s easy for authors to concentrate to much on the pain factor of Special Operations Training, but Couch manages to avoid this pitfall, and presented me will a thoughtful view of not only


      the training, but the men and the character of those men, who undergo some, if not the, most difficult training in the United States Military. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Couch doesn’t spend a great deal of time on the history of the United States Navy Seals but jumps right into his journey through their training. It has long been a pet peeve of mine that many similar books spend all of their time on history instead of current information, and I am happy to report that Couch surprised and pleased me.

      Usually, I don’t enjoy when an author directs his voice into the narrative, but I found Couch’s personal experience as a ...


      • former operator to be invaluable to bring out the emotion and difficulty of what the men of the BUD/S class were going through. I liked that he had been there and done it, and I thought I was listening to a participant instead of an expert.

        The real difference between this book and other similar titles, for me, was the stories of the men who were participating and undergoing this training. One might expect men with Rambo complexes, but Couch takes time to introduce us to the these men who don’t understand the word quit. And, instead of walking away with facts of the difficultly of becoming a Navy Seal, I left with an

        understanding that character and willpower will outlast physical prowess any day. That was the purpose of the book, to show us a picture of these extraordinary men, and Couch pulled it off beautifully.

        This book is highly informative and brings out the human side of difficult military training. It’s more than just facts and figures with Couch, and I loved the humanist feelings that he presented. I would recomment this book to anyone who wants a better understanding or appreciation for the extraordinary men who are United States Navy Seals. I quickly learned that there is more to it that simply being a physically fit monster…It’s the human side that makes an indomitable will.




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