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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.
©2001, 2003 SEAL Productions Limited (P)2011 Tantor
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"Couch has written an exceptionally nuanced and insighful book." ( Washington Post Book World)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Darren B on 10-03-12

Capturing an Essence of the SEAL-building Process

The SEAL selection process relies on a multitude of exhausting processes, physical and psychological. These processes are all designed to create a 'perfect storm' of value formation-- It Pays To Be A Winner. Couch leads us through these processes of 'Value Formation' as each SEAL 'wannabe' is being continually tested. There are as many 'breaking points' are there are SEAL candidates and Couch recognizes and offers respect for the honorable men pursuing the coveted SEAL Trident. The author cannot create a minute by minute physical experience of being Cold, Wet, and Sandy and convey that physicality to the reader He cannot create the impossibly bearable shivering that accompanies cold water immerision so many times in BUDs training ---and the attendant decline in the body's core temperature with the inherent compromise in physical and mental function. All of which is slowly and measureably eroding a trainee's win.
Couch provides as detailed an examination of the process as available. He, himself, has been through the training. He knows of what he speaks, and writes. If the reader / listener intends to explore the essence of the SEAL training process, to understand what unfolds in the day to day winnowing out of value formation; to understand a trainee must desire to WIN, at almost ANY cost in order to become a SEAL, The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch is your route to enlightenment.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lee on 02-13-12

Excellent, from Writing to the Narration.

Would you listen to The Warrior Elite again? Why?

Yes . The entire book was riveting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ensign Burke, the character displayed

Which scene was your favorite?

the entire book

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me proud to be part of a Military that supports and encourages this type of warrior.

Any additional comments?

God Bless America and the Warriors who serve her.

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