Class-29: The Making of U.S. Navy SEALs by John Carl RoatClass-29: The Making of U.S. Navy SEALs by John Carl Roat

Class-29: The Making of U.S. Navy SEALs

byJohn Carl Roat

Mass Market Paperback | February 29, 2000

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"Throughout training I kept having the thought,
It seemed to help."        

SEALs are the world's toughest soldiers. Working in squads and platoons that make up SEAL teams, they are trained in everything from underwater demolition to high-altitude parachute drops. Now John Carl Roat, graduate of Class-29, one of the earliest SEAL training classes, has written the only book devoted to the training of that exclusive warrior force. With unflinching honesty, Roat describes the brutal six-month program that took young men well beyond the endurance limits even of gifted athletes and created warriors who could proudly take their places in the teams. It was a program so demanding that by the end of Hell Week, the third week of the course, the original class of one hundred and thirty-four physically fit young men had been sliced to sixty-two.

After retelling his own class's experience, Roat visits today's SEAL program and reveals how the program has changed over the last thirty-five years to include more classroom training and better and more sophisticated equipment-- without at all lowering the physical demands. SEAL training is still the best, and the toughest, training in the world.
John Carl Roat was born in 1942 in Flint, Michigan. In January 1963, he started Underwater Demolition Team replacement training with Class-29. After completing training, John served with UDT-21, UDT-11, and SEAL Team-1. In 1965, John married the former Judith Jo Younger. They have two sons, four grandchildren, and thirty-five years of ...
Title:Class-29: The Making of U.S. Navy SEALsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.8 × 4.2 × 0.83 inPublished:February 29, 2000Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0804118930

ISBN - 13:9780804118934

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from As a two tour SEAL instructor John Carl Roat's Class 29 is the only authentic book on the market today that will tell you exactly how SEALs are selected and trained! As a two tour SEAL instructor, I trained over thirty SEAL classes and supervised 21 SEAL hell weeks. John Roat's observations on the bond developed by the classmates and his accurate description of the infamous SEAL hell week, makes this book a must read! If you want to find the secret to what it takes to become one of the world's greatest warriors - read Class 29! Martin L. Strong, author - Death Before Dawn
Date published: 2002-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So, so I expected to learn more about training and the life of a navy seals in the making. The author wrote to much about his personals life (beer, woman, etc) and not enough about training . I’m sure he could have put tons of other things about the seal and less about himself in this book. I was left on my appetite. Although the book will give you a good idea of their training and you could only be impress by these men have to endure to become Navy seals. I also had a problem with the language use in the book, to many f words.
Date published: 2000-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST This well writen book takes you to the CORE of what it takes to be a TEAM member!
Date published: 2000-06-22

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The Navy SEALs are an elite force of highly trained and specialized soldiers adept in everything from underwater demolition to daring parachute drops. John Carl Roat has been a SEAL since the early days, graduating from one of the first training classes. Detailing the brutal six-month program that turned 134 men into a squad of 62 killing machines, this is the only book of its kind, one that chronicles a special kind of military training in Class-29 The Making of the Navy SEALs.