Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Review: 'SEAL Survival Guide' by Cade Courtley

After graduating from the University of San Diego, Cade Courtley was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and began Navy SEAL training (BUD/S). He was the host of the Spike TV and Discovery International show Surviving Disaster and appears as a regular commentator on CNN and Fox News.

For those who know the term SEAL but not the definition, Cade offers the following up front: ‘“SEAL” is an acronym for “Sea, Air, Land.” The idea was to forge a military unit that could operate effectively in all environments. Prior to the formation of the SEALs, there were numerous specialized military units, such as the Scouts and Raiders, formed in 1942, nine months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. These guys were trained for stealth and conducted pre-assault assessments of beachhead landing areas, marked targets, and did whatever it took to make a mission by other forces more successful. There were also the Naval Combat Demolition Units and the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs), which many remember as the classic “frogmen” of World War II. These were amphibious units that went in prior to conventional battles to clear beach obstacles, cut underwater enemy cables, or rig buoys, bridges, or enemy ships with explosives. They were responsible for blowing out fortified German gaps during the Omaha Beach landing, for example, which ultimately led to victory for the Allies. In addition, the Office of Strategic Services had a group called Operational Swimmers, which more closely resembled current SEAL operations. These men were dropped by parachute behind enemy lines for guerrilla warfare, or donned the first flexible diving masks and fins to attack by sea. The SEALs were formed to create a military force that combined all these varying branches, capable of operating in all environments. Whether it be the Arctic tundra, the jungles of the tropics, the desert, or the ocean, SEALs are trained to adapt to any variable and carry out everything from top-secret missions to conventional warfare. SEALs perform the most dangerous and oftentimes unimaginable tasks, and they do so with uncompromising principles and resolute loyalty.

With the theme of Cade’s instruction – Be a Survivor , not a Statistic, - the reader is taken on a vigorous course ‘to learn how to gain the mental and physical abilities that will enable you to survive a crisis when the time comes and learn skills and techniques to give you confidence and freedom in the world now, even if you never are faced with a life-threatening situation.’ Using a fine application of black and white illustrations to make his points clear he takes us through situations such as surviving an active shooter (complete with postures and methods to avoid being a victim), survival medicine (a fine overview of CPR for both adults and children, medevac techniques, stabilizing fractures, controlling active bleeding, etc), and then Cade encourages the reader to obtain the SEAL Survival Guide – an intensive set of direction on how to survive and respond to other during abandon ship, airplane crash, animal attack, auto accident , biochemical attack, bomb attack, earthquake, floods, fires, carjacking. Jail, lightning, nuclear attack, gang violence and much more. No this is not part of this book, but an additional very complete set of instructions and training that would benefit everyone to own.

Cade Courtley cares, is well trained and is a fine teacher. Take advantage of his sharing. Grady Harp, March 17

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