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Then 9/11 happened.
In the years following, Marine forces found themselves growing more agreeable to inter-branch operational command, finally forming the Marine Special Operations Command in 2006. Always Faithful, Always Forward follows the journey of a class of Marine candidates from their recruitment, through assessment and selection, to their qualification as Marines Special Operators.
The assessment, selection, and training regimes are a combination of psychological testing and intense military training as well as being a physical and professional rite of passage. 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. Their ability to leverage their numbers by embedding with the locals and to live in remote locations has, in their short history, made them a valuable force and one with great utility in remote reaches of the world.
Retired Navy Captain Dick Couch has been given unprecedented access to this new command and to the individual Marines of this exceptional special-operations unit, allowing him to chronicle the history and development of the Marine Special Operations Command and how they find, recruit, and train their special operators.
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By Bryce on 10-24-15
This was the worst SOF book I have ever listened to, to me the title sounded like it would be more about actual operations, not Dick Couch's love affair with MARSOC training. I struggled through this book thinking it would get better, never did.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Tek-Augi on 01-03-15
This Book is best for enlisted men only!
The book repeats over and over how flexible the U.S. Marines are and while doing so throws around with acronyms that a non military reader can only guess what is being said. In addition this book is about how the special units of the Marines get trained and not their adventures in the field. This makes for a very boring read.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful