Wearing the Green Beret

Wearing the Green Beret

A Canadian With the Royal Marine Commandos

Book - 2012
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Wearing the Green Beret is a rough and ready account of what really goes on in the training of an elite soldier and on tour in Afghanistan. In 2004, Jake Olafson signed up with this elite fighting force, leaving his comfortable life to participate in the toughest and longest basic training of any infantry unit in the world. During Jake's two tours in the notorious Helmand province in Afghanistan, he showed courage, determination and cheerfulness under overwhelming pressure. This is an honest, gutsy story about the mud and the blood, the triumphs and the tragedies.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9780771068577
Characteristics: xv, 301 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.


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Sep 01, 2012

The book follows a common format for book about first-hand experiences by members of elite military units. The interesting difference, for me, was that it involved a Canadian who joined a British unit. I thought it a decent read covering the arduous training and ultimate deployment as a combat "squaddie".

Feb 13, 2012

An incredible read on the toughness and dedication required to pass the Royal Marine Commandos selection. The author did a great job of describing his war in Afghanistan and how many of these brave commited warriors won the day on most occasions against the Taliban due to superior fire power and tactics. Recommended reading of a Canadian fighting for the UK and his brothers alongside him.

winter67uk Jul 22, 2011

An excellent read. The colloquial style prompts slight caution at first, but Jake Olafsen's voice turns out to be pitch perfect for the material he's covering. In simple, clean prose Mr. Olafsen communicates the intense commitment and focus that builds up during Royal Marine recruit training. The incredible adversity encountered is chronicled in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner that make for very, very compelling reading. Mr. Olafsen's observation that spit, snot and vomit are simply the price paid for a green beret reminds me of the of the US Marine observation that during training, "pain is just weakness leaving the body." A must-read for anyone trying to understand military esprit de corps, made all the better for being home-grown.


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