“We are an impatient culture and an impatient electorate.” p. 43
Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch is a story about the Army Special Forces, better known as Green Berets. Over the course of the book. Couch follows a class of Green Beret hopefuls through the rigorous training the Green Berets simply call “selection”. This arduous process continues for over 2 years. Testing not only how strong or fast a man is, but how smart and adaptive he is. The second part of this book detailed how the Green Berets have affected the battlefield of past and present engagements.
When John F. Kennedy first commissioned the Green Berets, they were seen as the “red headed stepchild” of the military. They were first tested in the jungles of Vietnam. Their job was to train and help fight against the Vietcong. They did quite well, but as we all know the United States pulled out of Vietnam before their mission could be completed.
The Green Berets have also played a pivotal part in the war on terror in the Middle East. Their jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan are nearly the same as they were in the jungles of Vietnam. To train, arm, and aide the host nation in countering the insurgency in the Middle East. The Green Berets have proven to be extremely successful with their battle-proven tactics. They have successfully pushed back both Al-Qaeda and the Taliban faster than most other units could.