Many have tried, but few have succeeded. It is already an accepted fact that the road to becoming a Navy SEAL is one beset with challenges and difficulties, and the end of that road simply marks the beginning of a career filled with even more challenges and dangers. It is, therefore, but fitting when the Navy SEALs say that the “only easy day was yesterday.”
Only a select few has the courage, determination, and dedication to become Navy SEALs. The rest of us may only read about what they have to go through, in order to become the best of the best, the elite.
One such book that has gained quite a following, landing on the top 5 list of books on the Navy SEALs on Amazon.com, is The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228. The book, written by former Navy SEAL Dick Couch, takes readers into the world of the aspiring SEAL, by following the trainees of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Class 228.
Among those who graduated as part of BUD/S Class 228 is Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of Operation Red Wing; Luttrell, though, began training with Class 226, but a fractured femur early in his training moved him to Class 228.
The Warrior Elite follows the lives of the trainees through the 27-week course at the Navy Special Warfare Training Center in Coronado, California, in what was described on Amazon.com as “the process that transforms young men into warriors.”
Only one in five trainees are usually able to graduate from BUD/S.