In America’s new wars, the first guns in the fight are special operations forces. This includes 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? I began a journey to answer this question with The Warrior Elite, which follows SEAL candidates during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, of BUD/S. But BUD/S is only a part of the story. Past BUD/S, SEAL candidates must navigate SEAL Tactical Training where they master combat skills such as precision shooting, demolitions, secure communications, parachuting, diving, and first aid. From there, new SEALs join their operational platoons where they subordinate their individual abilities to the mission of the team and train for special operations in geographic-specific environments.
I’m the most fortunate of writers to be allowed access to the training of America’s most elite military forces. The Finishing School is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the honing of skills that it takes to make America’s most accomplished warriors.
As with my others works that document the training of Rangers, Green Berets, and Marine Special Operators, I was permitted unprecedented access to the these advanced SEAL training venues and to the individual SEAL trainees and training cadres. The Finishing School is the compelling story of Earning the SEAL Trident.
The Finishing School is available in Trade Paperback, e-Book, and Audio Book.