Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dick Couch
Narrator: Kevin Foley
Genres: History, Science & Technology
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: August 2011
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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In combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. More than ever, we need men like those of the Army Special Forces-the legendary Green Berets.

In Chosen Soldier, Dick Couch draws on nearly a year spent at Special Forces training facilities and offers an unprecedented view of the education of these men.

Following the experiences of one class of soldiers as they endure this physically and mentally exhausting ordeal, Couch spells out in fascinating detail the demanding selection process and grueling field exercises, the high-level technical training and intensive language courses, and the simulated battle problems that test everything from how well SF candidates gather operational intelligence to their skills at negotiating with volatile, often hostile, local leaders. Chosen Soldier paints a vivid portrait of an elite group, and a process that forges America's smartest, most versatile, and most valuable fighting force.

Reviews (2)

Written by Byron G. on April 12th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very good book. This is the third of Couch i have listen to. Worth the listen for sure.


Written by jason s on June 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'm not quite done with this book, but I can certainly say that it's a good book. Hats off to Cpt. Couch for actually following these men through training. Maybe not as a tough as following Seals training but still a lot of effort for a book. Well composed and a lot of emotion. Hard not to pull for these guys and stay a biased reporter I would imagine. Well narrated a as well.

Author Details

Author Details

Couch, Dick

DICK COUCH graduated from the Naval Academy in 1967 and served as a Surface Warfare Officer and SEAL Platoon Commander in Vietnam. Dick has enjoyed a unique relationship with the US Special Operations Command and has been allowed to document the special operations training venues for SEALs, Army Special Forces (Green Berets), Rangers, and Marines. He is a co-author of the Tom Clancy's Op-Center series. He has been a professor at the US Naval Academy where he taught ethics and is often called on to speak to issues of character, moral battlefield conduct, and training and deployment of American military special operations forces. He lives with his wife Julia in central Idaho.