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The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident | [Dick Couch]

The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident

In America's new war, the first guns in the fight are special operations forces, including the Navy SEALs, specially trained warriors who operate with precision, swiftness, and lethal force. In the constantly shifting war on terror, SEAL units - small in number, flexible, stealthy, and efficient - are more vital than ever to America's security as they take the battle to an elusive enemy around the globe. This is essential listening for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America's best warriors.
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Publisher's Summary

In America's new war, the first guns in the fight are special operations forces, including the Navy SEALs, specially trained warriors who operate with precision, swiftness, and lethal force. In the constantly shifting war on terror, SEAL units - small in number, flexible, stealthy, and efficient - are more vital than ever to America's security as they take the battle to an elusive enemy around the globe. But how are Navy SEALs made?

Dick Couch, author of the acclaimed Warrior Elite, follows SEALs on the ground and in the water as they undergo SEAL Tactical Training, in which they master such combat skills as precision shooting, demolitions, secure communications, parachuting, diving, and first aid. From there, the men enter operational platoons, where they subordinate their individual abilities to the mission of the group and train for special operations in specific geographic environments.

Never before has a civilian writer been granted such close access to the training of America's most elite military forces. The Finishing School is essential listening for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America's best warriors.

©2004 SEAL productions, LTD., Foreward copyright by 2004 Robert Kerry (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Couch is a well-qualified guide to this class of men who possess what he calls a relentless desire to fight and win as a team." (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Stephanie Carlsbad, CA, United States 01-26-13
    Stephanie Carlsbad, CA, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Finishing School again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again just to be reminded just how much training there is after BUDS. The story you hear is always BUDS, and then all of a sudden you are a SEAL, but after listening to this book, there is at least 18 more months of intense training before you are a deploy-able Operator. It is amazing to hear about the training and schooling that goes into the making of a single Navy SEAL.


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    Jason Saint Paul, MN, United States 06-18-13
    Jason Saint Paul, MN, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Finishing School to be better than the print version?

    should be required reading for BUD/s recruits before entering BUD/S


    What did you like best about this story?

    it completed the journey of becoming a NAVY SEAL.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    HONOR COURAGE COMMITMENT HOO YAY


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    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-24-12
    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a Physics and Engineering student.

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    "The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Triden"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think so. Some of it was boring and I sometimes found myself wishing it would hurry up and end. I like Dick Couch; he is a good writer and has good access to special forces so you get an in dept view. He also is very knowledgeable so you get a lot of details which can get a little boring.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dick Couch before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first, but I am listening to another right now and I liked this one a little better.


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

    The narrator's performance was average.


    Was The Finishing School worth the listening time?

    Yes, I think so.


    Any additional comments?

    Dick Couch was a Vietnam era Navy SEAL officer. This gives him a knowledge on the subject that a civilian cannot have. It also gives him access to the special forces that a civilian does not have. This causes the books he writes to be very detailed. I guess you could see that as a good thing or you could think it makes it boring. I guess it's a matter of preference. I would recommend this book if you are looking for an insiders view of Naval Special Warfare Operator training. Well, more like a pre-training. If you are looking for an entertaining story you should look elsewhere. That is of coarse unless that sort of thing is entertaining to you. It is somewhat for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 06-27-12
    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "I was expeting a lot but ...!"

    Talk about "dull" listening! If I were a SEAL I would be bored to death! Repeat & repeat is the theme of this book. Training makes the SEALS great --- the only thing that I can tell is that they did NOT do was repeat and repeat training going to the bathroom. But when is enough training?
    The reader’s monotone was so dry that I'm sure even he dozed off more than few times. Thank god we have the SEALS but this book makes them seem like “dunder heads” --- everything they do MUST be repeated over and over and over and over again!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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