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The Navy has the SEALs and the Army has the Green Berets. They are masters of counterinsurgency warfare, trained to immerse themselves in hostile territory, sleeping near their enemies and building relationships with people who want to kill them. In this book, retired lieutenant colonel Tony Schwalm takes readers behind the scenes of the legendary camp in the North Carolina woods, which all Special Forces soldiers must pass before they can become leaders in this brotherhood of unconventional warriors.
The Special Forces Qualification Course, also known as the Q Course, is infamous in the U.S. Army. It transforms conventional soldiers, with blood, sweat, and tears, into unconventional guerrillas. As a young soldier, the author earned his Green Beret there. Later, he was the commander of Special Forces officer training at Fort Bragg, evaluating and redesigning the crucible in which leaders face brutal tests of physical strength, stamina, and wits, and where men are pushed to the point of hallucination, walk until their feet are bloody, and fight packs of angry dogs with nothing but a rubber rifle.
Revealing details never before shared outside military circles, Schwalm provides a rare and rousing look inside the courageous hearts and souls of soldiers who put their lives on the line for duty, honor, and our country.