The Guerrilla Factory

The Guerrilla Factory

The Making of Special Forces Officers, the Green Berets

Book - 2012
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For the first time, an insider takes readers deep into the grueling training that every Army officer must endure to become one of America's elite Green Berets.

THE NAVY HAS THE SEALS, and the Army has the Green Berets. They are masters of asymmetrical warfare, trained to immerse themselves in hostile territory, sleeping near their enemies and building relationships with people who may want to kill them. Retired lieutenant colonel Tony Schwalm knows this group well, because he is one of them and he trained them. In The Guerrilla Factory, he provides an unbelievably gripping inside look into the grueling training that every Army officer must endure to become one of America's elite Green Berets.

The Special Forces Qualification Course, also known as the Q Course, is infamous in U.S. Army lore. It transforms conventional soldiers, through blood, sweat, and tears, into unconventional guerrillas. As a young soldier, Schwalm earned his own 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. The Guerrilla Factory is the engaging and compelling story of Schwalm's experience there as a student (from selection to graduation) and his time as the commander of training at Fort Bragg. It is a story of young soldiers striving to become the elite of the elite--of their trials, physical and emotional, and of their triumphs and losses.

In this dramatic account of the challenges faced by these young soldiers, Schwalm describes how men are forced to demonstrate ingenuity under intensely adverse conditions as they are pushed to the point of hallucination, walk until their feet are bloody, and fight off packs of angry dogs with nothing but a rubber rifle. Soldiers today face an entirely different kind of warfare and must be schooled to deal with unusual circumstances. They must have intricate knowledge of how to gather information in a dangerous, unstable atmosphere, and they need to be able to adapt quickly to differences in their surroundings. Schwalm's book takes readers deep into this world, showing exactly how soldiers acquire the necessary skills.

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.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781451623604
Branch Call Number: History 356.167 Sch


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Feb 18, 2014

personal narrative of SF training

Mar 04, 2013

I agree that its a joy to read and difficult to put down. However, the author is an English major and it might be helpful to have a dictionary handy from time to time.

Nov 28, 2012

The Guerrilla Factory , The Making of Special Forces Officers, the Green Berets By Tony Schwalm.What a joy to read, One of the better books written by a insider of the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets). The author gives you the reader a deeper insight into the very difficult training at Fort Bragg / Camp Mackall that weeds out the majority of the students.When you mention the "Green Berets" most people jump to the conclusion of a Commando raid being preformed in the middle of the night on a high value target by men with camouflaged faces. These multi skilled professional soldiers of the US Army have many more layers to them other than the classic Commando raid (which they do perform).You will find them training foreign countries armies, speaking the native language, eating their food and understanding their culture while repairing sewers, building hospitals and schools. Other ODAs or "A" teams might find themselves deep inside enemy lines doing reconnaissance and gathering intelligence. Their training never stops, jumping out of aircraft or helicopters sometime wearing oxygen bottles, scuba diving, leaving a submerged submarines, traveling by kayak, motorcycles, mules or snow mobiles with 100+ lbs of gear on their back. Able to live off the land and in different climates and trained to Survive, Evade, Resist and Escape the enemy the author peels back the layers to expose some of his learning and hardships that his teams endured.All of this Unconventional Warfare comes out in the book and is very well written by Lt. Col Schwalm as he looks back and shares his personal insights.


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The most powerful army is useless in the pursuit of peace if the world regards it not as a policeman, but a bully.


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