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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

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"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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Great book to follow the Warrior Elite.

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This book helped me to understand that Navy Seals go through a tremendous amount of training just to earn their Trident. The sacrifice and dedication that these elite servicemen have is amazing. This book truly put that into perspective for me.

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Great to see the life after BUDS

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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Very informative

What made the experience of listening to The Finishing School the most enjoyable?

What these men endure during their training is simply beyond my comprehension. They seem almost super human and I now have a much deeper respect for these elite warriors who willingly give so much, including their lives if necessary, to protect our country.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Too much of the military and technical jargon was mispronounced. Reader might have been a bit more familiar with ammunition calibers, ship designations and a few other details which are not necessarily or strictly military in nature.

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an education

Exactly what I wanted. Offered detail. Definitely not a novel. a great look into Seal training.

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Simply "Wow"!

Incredibly well written, and narrated, book about the training of the heroes that sacrifice everything to protect us. My deepest gratitude to all involved and to their families.

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  • jah messi
  • SALEM, OR, United States
  • 03-26-17

If you listened to "The Warrior Elite"...

Would you listen to The Finishing School again? Why?

Yes, its a great book about how the seals train and their hardships.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Finishing School?

Land warfare section

Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I like his narration in both this and "The Warrior Elite"

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked it all.

Any additional comments?

...then listen to this one too. Great follow up to "The Warrior Elite"

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these seals are so dang dedicated.... amazing...

warrior elite to this amazing journey... wow... sooo much training... these seals are amAzing. they have my gratitude for their service... seals are such a powerful weapon.

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Loved it.

It was a very good sequel to Warrior Class. I learned a lot. Appealing to both military and non-military alike.

Thank you.

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Well Done.

Well Done, again Captain. I am not surprised by the Outstanding quality of this book. Thank you.

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  • William
  • COLD SPRING, NY, US
  • 03-10-16

Interesting take and information

Great information and interesting take of an old deal watching new seals train and develop. Definitely a must in the complete library and knowledge of the top military units and their regimen. Couch describes the mindsets of deals and top military superbly.