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Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine | [Dick Couch]

Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine

The Marine Special Operations Command ("MARSOC") is the newest component of the military's shift toward a fully integrated Special Operations Command structure. At first, the Marines were strongly against any Marines serving under anyone other than another Marine. 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.
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The Marine Special Operations Command ("MARSOC") is the newest component of the military's shift toward a fully integrated Special Operations Command structure. At first, the Marines were strongly against any Marines serving under anyone other than another Marine.

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.

©2014 Dick Couch (P)2014 Tantor

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    August WASHINGTON, DC, USA 01-03-15
    August WASHINGTON, DC, USA 01-03-15 Member Since 2002
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    "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.

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    Rich H. 04-25-15
    Rich H. 04-25-15
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    "Essentially a Textbook"

    This is recommended reading for anyone who aspires to join the Marine special ops. For others, it's like reading a textbook. No story or character development, but everything there is to know about special ops training.

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    Mike Harbour 02-02-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A Story for military buffs indeed"

    A great look inside Marine SOF with as much detail as permitted by law. if you liked his other books you will this one as well. if it's your first try of Mr Couchs books you will not be disappointed.

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    Jose 01-28-15
    Jose 01-28-15 Member Since 2014

    Illustrator, graphic designer, veteran. I like Military history and memoirs.

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    "AFAF Review"

    Outstanding insight into the operational capabilities, training, and selection of MARSOC Marines. As a former Marine I highly recommend it.

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    Chris Joplin MO 01-27-15
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    Couldn't finish it. I'm sure there is some interesting stuff, but not what I was expecting. It's a history textbook, not very engaging.

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    maryrbruce WOLCOTT, CT, United States 01-18-15
    maryrbruce WOLCOTT, CT, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    What did you like best about Always Faithful, Always Forward? What did you like least?

    I like the topic


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't get that .


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I like the voice, which is one of my choosing criteria, but the reading was very technical and I did not find enough processing time or white space on the pages.


    Do you think Always Faithful, Always Forward needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Those who have served in the military might appreciate follow-up, but not for me at my level of abbreviations


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    Alexander 03-26-15
    Alexander 03-26-15
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    "Great book, but ..."

    I Really enjoyed the whole book until the author came Out with his sexsist aproach to women.
    Therefore I Can not support this book.
    Regarding the history and main Part the book US Well written and if You Enjoy the Topic you should just skip the last chapter

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