Academic journal article Military Review

The Making of a Navy Seal: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best

Academic journal article Military Review

The Making of a Navy Seal: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best

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THE MAKING OF A NAVY SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best

Brandon Webb and John David Mann, foreword by Marcus Luttrell, St. Martin's Griffin, New York, 2015, 256 pages

The Making of a Navy SEAL is Brandon Webb's autobiographical account of his life from early teens to the completion of his Navy career. One should not judge this book by its title; it is less a story about becoming a SEAL than one about overcoming adversity and achieving extraordinary goals. Webb takes the reader through his trying times of self-discovery, and the conflicts with his father that led him to discover the Navy SEALs, which ultimately became his passion. He discusses setback after setback as he pushed through obstacles put in his way by family, friends, leaders, and even the Navy, to pursue his dream of becoming a SEAL and excelling at his work. Rather than a Hollywood-style shoot-'em-up SEAL story, this is a factual account of one man's journey from troubled teen to a man that boys would strive to emulate.

The book is in six parts, each with multiple chapters. Each part covers a significant period in Webb's life: teen years, first tour in the Navy, SEAL training, sniper training, operational time, and time as an instructor. The chapters are short. They break down detailed military terms in a manner nonmilitary readers can easily understand. …

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