Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger

Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger Review

Sua SponteLatin for “Of Their Own Accord”

The MOTTO OF THE 75TH RANGER REGIMENT



The 75th Ranger Regiment is a unique and distinct culture among the American military establishment. They stand alone, even among our other Special Operations forces, as the most active brigade-sized force in the current Global War on Terrorism. Since 9/11, The Regiment is the only continuously-engaged unit in the Army, and has had forty percent of its number deployed in harm’s way for the last decade. Their mission is unique. Rangers do not patrol, they don’t train allied forces, nor do they engage in routine counterinsurgency duties. They have a single-mission focus; they seek out the enemy and they capture or kill them. It sets Rangers apart as pure, direct-action warriors.



Army Rangers are not born. They are made. The modern 75th Ranger Regiment represents the culmination of 250 years of American soldiering. As the nation’s oldest standing military unit, The Regiment traces its origins to Richard Rogers’ Rangers during the pre-revolutionary French and Indian War, through the likes of Francis Marion and John Mosby, to the five active Ranger battalions of the Second World War, and finally, to the four battalions of the current Ranger regiment engaged in modern combat. Over that period, a standard of professional excellence and the forging of that excellence is distilled in the selection, assessment, and training of today’s Rangers.



Granted unprecedented access to the training of this highly-restricted component of America’s Special Operations Forces in a time of war, retired Navy Captain Dick Couch tells the personal story of the young men who begin this difficult and dangerous journey to become a Ranger. Many will try but only a select few will survive to serve in the 75th ranger regiment. Sua Sponte follows a group of these aspiring young warriors through the crucible that is ranger training and their preparation for direct-action missions in Afghanistan against the Taliban.

Title:Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger
Edition Language:English

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  • Charles Jones

    I happened on this book when looking for research material for my son . He has recently reported to Fort Benning and is slated for the Ranger Regiment assuming successful completion of all the trainin...

  • Robert  Garcia

    Dick Couch is an incredible writer. Excellent well researched and written book that showcases the Rangers like no other person could do. Mr Couch due to his background and understanding the SpecOp com...

  • Charity U

    So I'm an Army girlfriend, and my man is going into the Army Rangers. Finding information about the Rangers can be a little difficult, even with the internet. They're a very elite Special Ops team. So...

  • Kevin Hart

    Clear,concise,and rivetingI really enjoy Mr.Couch's style of writing. He doesn't confuse you with fancy, needless adjectives and he doesn't bode you with dry, technical writing. It's lucid and excitin...

  • Darren Sapp

    No one tells the stories of how men become Seals, Rangers, Green Berets, and Force Recon better than Dick Couch. This is a reader, not some stuffy list of training requirements....

  • Jim Hill

    In depth look at Ranger selection and then Ranger training.I enjoyed how involved the author was in going through the training and interacting with the candidates and then the Ranges in training....

  • Alex Cook

    Worth reading. Interesting stories and also good takeaway lessons for mental toughness and leadership/teamwork under extreme conditions....

  • Perry Martin

    Couch is a great inside man, writing about the Special Operations Forces...

  • Tim

    Unless you're actively training to become a Ranger, or just curious about the process, it's a pretty boring read....

  • Theresa cole

    Good Good read and very interesting indeed. Gives very good detail about becoming a ranger. Was much greater detail than expected....