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The Warrior Elite

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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.
Published August 15th 2011 by Tantor Audio Pa (first published 2001)
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This account of the travails of a group of naval officers and sailors, starting with nearly a hundred who want to become SEALs and ending with ten or so actually making it through the initial training - the SEAL version of boot camp, really, although they've all been through either Navy boot camp or the Naval Academy already - is a grinding read. I saw SEALs a few times during my own 20 years in the Marine Corps, and I'd read some things about them, but I didn't know this much about them before ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Warrior Elite shows the SEAL's training up close and personal, including all the struggles and obstacles that these men have to overcome.
This book starts off at the basic BUD/S training of students and what kind of exercises they have to proceed threw and each exercise has a requirement. These SEAL's in training have only a short period of time to comprehend and preform the skills that they are being taught by their instructors. As time goes on the amount of people they are surrounded by van
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What does it take to make a warrior? Author and former SEAL Dick Couch documents the training process for SEAL teams by following a class of prospective SEALs as they advance through the BUD/s course.
The Warrior Elite describes in great detail the torture prospective SEALs undergo to prove themselves as warriors, as well as the practice and education that they receive to work more effectively as a team. As many others on goodreads have said, this book does a great job at making the reader under
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a study of US Navy Seal training, following the progress of a particular class. There is a lot of talk about how training has changed since the author was an active duty Navy Seal in Vietnam. I am no expert AT ALL and am definitely not a military person. But Class 228 is special as they are a good example of those who were undergoing the beginning of their training before and around the time of 9/11. The fact that Marc Luttrell,(author of Lone Survivor), is among the graduates of class 2 ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I enjoyed this book a lot mainly because of the fact that I could relate to a lot of what these men had to go through as a team. Obviously what I could relate to was not the fact that what I do is on the same difficulty level, but the fact that what I do focuses on a lot of the same concepts. One good example is that to accomplish something big you have to come together with a group, and work together as one, and if one person is dragging everybody down by not doing his own individual pa ...more
Sarah Eiseman
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-memoir
This book was really interesting. It's very much a guide to the BUD/S indoctrination and first phase, with very specific details about the process. It's less about strategy, and more about some of the challenges faced by individuals trying to become SEALs. A great book for those interested in learning more about the actual nuts and bolts of BUD/S, and a little more general information on becoming a SEAL. I had hoped this book was more of a memoir but it really isn't, although Couch was a SEAL hi ...more
Jon Swanson
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
Educates while weaving in engaging stories.

It's written by a former SEAL who shadowed this particular class. There's a strong bias there, but the account feels very real. Well written and easy to read, with the Author making the training very personal by giving stories of individual recruits, their backgrounds, and some of the challenges they overcame (or didn't).

The book corrected a lot of misconceptions I had about SEALs in general, especially their training, and left me with even more respec
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A step by step explanation of the BUD/S training process, including Hell Week, as seen by former SEAL Dick Couch in class 228.
BUD/S is the 16 week training which SEAL candidates have to go through in order to "secure" their way to the 18 month SEAL tactical and operational training.
Interesting book if you like special operations forces and their training.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone considering joining the military
Shelves: nonfiction, 4-star
Author Dick Crouch follows the training of future Navy Seals. For most people the training would be torture, but a few amazing individuals excel and make it through to join the Special Forces.
I was intrigued by the endurance of the men that continued training while others dropped out. This is a fascinating book that anyone considering the military or Special Forces training should read.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly informative and interesting book! The author did a fantastic job in describing just how hard it is for these special warriors to complete SEAL training. Having a SEAL in the family, I knew close-up it was/is hard, but this book takes it to another level. The underlying question, what determines who will or will not complete SEAL training, is a thread throughout the book. The author said: 5-10 percent will DOR (Drop on Request) due to lack of physical capability; 5-10 percent will succeed ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave "The Warrior Elite" a 4 out of 5 stars because of one main problem. Overall, this book is very informative and intense. It shows just how vigorous training is to become a Navy SEAL. Of the 137 trainees that started the 6 month journey, only about 20 were left standing. The main problem on why I only gave this book a 4 out of 5 is addressed in other good reads reviews and I completely agree with it. Dick Couch does not mention the problem with SEALs. He does not quite touch on things SEALs ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-house
A very detailed about what a prospective SEAL goes through. I had an understanding of this from other books so that is why I only rated this a 3 star rating. Well written and very informative. If you have wondered what it takes to become a SEAL this is a wonderful read, I think you get the whole picture. I know I would not make it through the rigors and misery. They are an amazing group of men who deserve our respect as well as our thanks.
Kent Carpenter
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a trainee goes to Navy Seals training, they can drop on request at anytime and are honorably returned to the fleet, and they finish their tours there. When you read about how exhausted, wet and cold they get, it’s easy to understand why 1/5 makes it. What you’re left with are the people who never quite, no matter the cost. I’ve read 4 books about the Navy Seals now, and every time I finish one, I’m inspired to be on my game, no matter what I’m doing.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-firsttime, kindle, 2017
I'd heard the term hell week before, but didn't know what it actually involved. This book takes you right into the full training regimen that it takes to get into the Navy Seals. The book had a few places that was a little slow, but overall I felt like I was there with them (okay, not really, but it was interesting to imagine what they were doing).
Erik Spohr
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helpful and informative.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and inspiring
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seal training in an endlessly fascinating topic for me & I liked that perspective of an older seal sitting in on current training. The history in this story was neat. Unfortunately the book was a touch redundant & slow for me. Maybe that's because the training can contain those characteristics but the other books on seal training didn't have that issue. Overall still interesting
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredble account of Class 228 and what they endure through the Basic Underwater Demolition SEALs training initiative. This book is written with so much realism, you feel as though the recruits undergoing training are people you know. I purposely didn't say "you feel as though you're there," because the opposite is true -- you _know_ you're not there. And that's kind of the point. It is a program that is not meant to pass everyone, and in fact, senior officers regularly encourage officers and ...more
John Merson
Dec 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Title- The Warrior Elite
Author-Dick Couch
Genre- Nonfiction
Content overview- Navy Seals Training
Intended Audience Anybody that likes war books.

Book Summary- My book starts out with a huge war scene. A small group of Navy Seals go into a radio tower and lock it down. They then defend off the tower from a Militia. My book then breaks off into the training the Navy Seals go though in becoming a Navy Seal. First is phase one. This is the physical and learning part, the instructors make the trainees
Tim Brosnan
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The warrior elite is a phenomenal book about an extraordinary class of me who are willing to go to incredible lengths to acomplish their goals. It is a truly comprehensive and in depth guide to BUD/S and the road to becoming a Navy S.E.A.L. The book is well written and interesting it doesn't get dull or become a chore to read at any point the author does a fantastic job of immersing you in the world of pain and constant struggle that the recruits experience. Couch does a fantastic job explaining ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Warrior Elite follows BUD/S Class 228 in there training for the Navy SEAL Trident. Dick Couch follows and writes about the struggles and turmoils that Class 228, and the previous classes before him had to endure. In the first few chapters they are in First Phase, which is designed to weed out the weak and the trainees who are not at there peak physical condition. The true test of this is hell week in which the trainees go through 5 and 1/2 days of non stop training; during this they wil ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
A really fascinating look at BUD/S that follows one class from inception to graduation. I saw a few reviewers complaining about the things the book didn't talk about but honestly I'm confused by that - the book is about BUD/S and doesn't pretend to be anything else. It's not a history of the SEALs or a study of their impact on modern warfare. Warrior Elite is about exactly what the subtitle says it is, and Couch does a great job of talking about the training process. Worth noting that this was w ...more
Jacob Hunt
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Title: The Warrior Elite
Author: Dick Couch
Genre: non- fiction
Content overview: Navy seal training
Intended audience: Anybody who likes war books

B.Book summary
The book starts out as the navy seals going into war. When you read on it goes into many chapters of the navy seals training. They start out easy then when the commander thinks there ready to advance into training, they put the navy seals into what they call " Hell week". They would have to roll through mud and train in the water. The p
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wondering what it takes to become a U.S. Navy SEAL? This book was written by DIck Couch, a graduate of BUD/S class 45 in 1969 (top of his class) and he follows class 228 through 6 months of some of the most brutal training int he world. The author describes finishing BUD/S training as analogous to child birth, i.e. the pain is quickly pushed aside by the joy of finally having it behind you. Mealtime is described as "a dreamy hiatus in a relentless existence of cold and pain."

In my constant atte
Michael Beck
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch is a very interesting story about the creation of a United States Navy SEAL. It goes into great deal about some of the six month training that Navy SEAL candidates go through called BUDs training, the boot camp of Navy SEALs.

It talks about first phase, second phase, and third phase of BUDs training. In first phase, the trainees have to endure extreme physical exercise. This phase causes most trainees to drop out. Second phase is the dive phase, where trai

A. The Warrior Elite- Dick Couch- Non Fiction- training- anyone that likes war books.
B. In the book, "the warrior elite", a group of guys come together to go through basic training to become a navy seal. There are some challenging obstacles that these men face. For example: the men had to go in freezing cold water and float for 30 minutes. Another thing that these men had to do was run 4 miles and they had to get within the time range. Only 18 of the 25 men that trained, made it out and gradu
Mar 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should really be 3 and a half stars. It was fascinating to read about the training that Navy SEALs go through-- I am in complete awe of these men (including my little cousin-- who I guess isn't so little any more!).

The actual writing of this book was sort of hit or miss, and I couldn't ever tell if this was because there's a lot of classified information that can't be conveyed, or if Couch is assuming that his audience knows a lot more about the military than I know. Or possibly both. But
Scott Pogatetz
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows class 228 through their training to be US Navy SEALS. First they have to complete their indoctrination course which is very easy when compared to the rest of training. Here they learn the basic rules of the training base. After that they go to first phase but first they have to watch the senior class graduate which makes them feel jealous. After this they go to second phase which is all about scuba diving and water activities, they don't want you to drown in combat. Finally the ...more
Jul 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from_the_library
The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch serves two purposes. By chronicling the BUD/S training/screening for SEAL hopefuls, Mr. Couch instills 1) a deep appreciation for the determination and skill of these warriors and 2) a profound sense of inadequacy in my own manhood.

I don't suspect him of doing this intentionally, but as I read what these military mend endured during the 29 weeks of BUD/S, I couldn't help but to question my ability to endure the same treatment. I think we would all like to consider
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book - looking into getting the sequel about the advanced SEAL training now! This was a great book for anyone interested in what it takes to become elite -- and I don't just mean at being a SEAL or a member of the military. These guys go througha a lot, physically and mentally, and it's amazing to see how the few that succeed manage to get through and what happens to the rest. It's written by a retired SEAL who went through training decades earlier, and he compares and contrasts moder ...more
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Mr. Couch graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967. He graduated from BUD/S training in Class 45 in 1969. He was a case officer for the CIA.
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“Now, I’ve got a few things to say. You’re on your way to First Phase, so make me proud of you. After Hell Week, those of you who survive will still have to face the scuba pool comps in Second Phase and weapons practicals in Third Phase. I’ll want to shake your hand at graduation. When you get there, I want to think of you as one of Reno’s warriors.” There’s another roar from the class. Reno is very popular with Class 228. While he has frequently made them suffer, the trainees know that Reno and the other Indoc instructors have tried to give them what they need to survive in First Phase. “Be on time. Be alert. Be accountable for your actions in and out of uniform. You officers, look out for your men and your men will look out for you. Your reputation is everything in the teams. Remember this if you remember nothing else. For each of you, a chance to build on that reputation begins on Monday morning at zero five hundred in First Phase.” He looks around the class; every eye is on him. “For those of you who do get to the teams, I want you to take this on board. The guys in the teams are a brotherhood. You’ll be closer to them than you ever were to your friends in high school or college. You’ll live with them on deployment and some of you may even die with them in combat. But never, ever forget your family. Family comes before teammates. Most of us will grow old and die in bed, and the only people who will be there to help us die will be our family. Put your family first. I want you to never forget that.” 0 likes
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