Sua Sponte

Sua Sponte

The Forging of a Modern American Ranger

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101585085
  • 384 Pages
  • Berkley
  • Adult


Sua Sponte
Latin for “Of Their Own Accord”
The 75th Ranger Regiment’s Motto
Army Rangers are not born. They are made. The modern 75th Ranger Regiment represents the culmination of 250 years of American soldiering. As a fighting force with our nation’s oldest and deepest tradition, the Regiment traces its origins to Richard Rogers’s Rangers during the prerevolutionary French and Indian War, through the likes of Francis Marion and John Mosby, to the five active Ranger battalions of the Second World War, and finally, to the four battalions of the current Ranger regiment engaged in modern combat.
Granted unprecedented access to the training of this highly restricted component of America’s Special Operations Forces in a time of war, retired Navy captain Dick Couch tells the personal story of the young men who begin this difficult and dangerous journey to become Rangers. Many will try, but only a select few will survive to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Sua Sponte follows a group of these aspiring young warriors through the crucible that is Ranger training and their preparation for direct-action missions in Afghanistan against America’s enemies, anywhere, any time, and under any conditions.



“For 250 years, Rangers have stepped forward to take on the toughest and most dangerous missions to defend America. Dick Couch has done us all a favor by taking us inside the way in which we select and train our contemporary Rangers. I read this book swelling with admiration for the young men who volunteer to serve in the Ranger Regiment. They deserve our heartfelt thanks for their service, just as Dick Couch deserves our thanks for Sua Sponte and this engaging ‘insiders’ account.”– Dr. Andrew Exum, author of This Man’s Army

"An outstanding read for anyone considering the very challenging physical and mental rigors and high standards required to be part of this elite ‘Brotherhood.’"– Tim Abell, Actor/Producer and 2/75 Ranger

"Sua Sponte is a detailed and vivid look at how the Army Rangers train for war. Couch’s nuts-and-bolts narrative is well-told with the perspective of an experienced special operator. He knows what he’s looking at and reports it faithfully. It is informative and at times moving. Readers will learn what it takes to be an elite soldier, and how much work it takes to earn the title ‘Ranger.’" — Larry Bond, author of Exit Plan