One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer


If the Marines are “the few, the proud,” Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fick’s profession starts with a hellish summer time at Quantico, after his junior 12 months at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan simply after Sep 11 and advances to the pinnacle—Recon— years later, at the eve of warfare with Iraq. His gigantic ability set places him in entrance of front strains, major twenty-two Marines into the deadliest clash in view that Vietnam. He vows to deliver all his males domestic appropriately, and to take action he’ll want greater than his top-flight schooling. Fick unveils the method that makes Marine officials such mythical leaders and stocks his hard-won insights into the diversities among army beliefs and army perform, which may mock these ideals.

In this deeply considerate account of what it’s wish to struggle on today’s entrance traces, Fick finds the crushing strain on younger leaders in wrestle. Split-second judgements may need nationwide effects or terrible quick repercussions, yet hesitation isn’t an alternative. One Bullet Away by no means shrinks from blunt truths, yet finally it's an inspiring account of studying the artwork of war.

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