Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

By Ellis Henican, Rorke Denver

Rorke Denver trains the lads who develop into army SEALs—the so much artistic challenge solvers at the smooth battlefield, excellent warriors for the types of wars the United States is scuffling with now. together with his years of action-packed challenge event and a best education function, Lieutenant Commander Denver is aware precisely how tomorrow's squaddies are recruited, sculpted, inspired, and deployed.

Now, Denver takes you inside of his own tale and the attention-grabbing, hard SEAL education software he now oversees. He recounts his event evolving from a tender SEAL hopeful pushing his means via Hell Week, right into a warrior conducting harmful stealth missions around the globe, and eventually right into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification courses, and the "Hero or Zero" missions his SEALs undertake.

From his personal SEAL education and missions out of the country, Denver info how the SEALs' inventive operations turned entrance and middle in America's conflict on Terror—and how they're changing struggle in every single place. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin the US, stood as much as violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. top two hundred commando missions, he earned the Bronze big name with V for valor. He has additionally served as flag aide to the admiral responsible and spent the earlier 4 years as govt officer of the army certain war Center's complicated education Command in Coronado, California, directing all levels of the fundamental and complex education that arrange males for warfare in SEAL groups. He lately starred within the movie Act of Valor. he's married and has daughters.

Ellis Henican is a columnist at Newsday and an on-air commentator on the Fox information Channel. He has written fresh manhattan occasions bestsellers, domestic workforce with New Orleans Saints trainer Sean Payton and within the Blink of an eye fixed with NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.

With the entire SEALs' contemporary successes, we have now been getting a degree of acclaim we're now not used to. yet anything vital has been lacking during this hot burst of publicity... Correcting that's my project here.

My personal SEAL dream used to be introduced by way of a e-book. My wish is this one teaches classes that pass some distance past the battlefield, inspiring a clean new release of warriors to hold on that dream.

—Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver

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With a exhibit of hands,” I requested, “who during this room was once recruited? ” no longer a unmarried hand went up. “Nor was once I,” I acknowledged. “I learn Winston Churchill, and the following i'm. I’m yes each one of you has a few tale approximately the way you turned conscious of the SEAL groups or a few second that confident you that this used to be the fitting position for you. In each case, I guess, the SEALs didn't locate you. You stumbled on the SEALs. You discovered a spot you really desired to be. You laid it at the line. You gave your top to this neighborhood, and right here you're. ” as well as attempting to elevate the variety of those that utilized, the senior leaders turned more and more occupied with attempting to are expecting upfront who might make it via BUD/S. They held extra conferences. They employed open air specialists. You’ve by no means visible extra mechanics less than the hood of a automobile that was once operating completely good. those discovered outsiders have been all introduced in to come back up with absolutely the, definitive resolution to what it's that will get a person via this process guideline. The previous enterprise of predicting wasn’t proving any more straightforward this time. the simplest try, as usually occurs, got here from contained in the brotherhood. credits Commander Eric Potterat, the 1st active-duty psychologist on the Naval precise struggle middle, an extraordinary non-SEAL who's held within the optimum regard through senior leaders and junior operators alike. He and 3 colleagues devised a one-hour automatic certain Operations Resilience try out, which measures attributes like goal-setting, tension tolerance, emotional keep an eye on, vigilance, self-talk, and management orientation. The try out doesn’t expect BUD/S good fortune. not anything turns out to do this. but if coupled with the applicants’ actual functionality ratings, it could possibly say with ninety seven percentage accuracy who's sure to DOR by way of Hell Week. 3 years in, that resilience attempt continues to be proving important. correct firstly, we will be able to determine the ground quadrant of candidates, those who've completely no likelihood of constructing it, and give up losing our time and theirs. yet nonetheless, nobody has discovered the opposite. nobody can say upfront: “These are the proper characteristics that get a person via. ” all of sudden the teachers have been being requested to make additional efforts—what felt like additional allowances—to support the suffering applicants get via. there has been indisputable strain from above. I felt it. nobody in senior management ever acknowledged explicitly to me: “You will do that. you're gonna graduate extra men. ” every person continually stated, “We’re now not asking you to compromise on caliber. ” yet there has been certainly trickle-down suggestions from above that extra as much as a lot a similar factor: “Figure out the way to take extra hazard and get extra men to commencement day. ” you could think how good that went over with the suspicious teacher corps. all people at the flooring saved resisting the ease-up. yet most sensible leaders stored intervening, greasing the trail to commencement. a lot of do-overs turned regimen. while I went via SEAL education, you were given 4 probabilities to go drown-proofing, the fifty-meter underwater swim and the pool competency attempt.

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