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Volume 2 of MUST read in collaboration with @books_for_operators.


Unbeatable Min

Mark Divine

For the aspiring operator, for active duty, or for anyone looking to build mental toughness and work on creating a vault-like mind, this is a very approachable book. Mark Divine, ex-navy seal, businessman, creator of sealfit, and author, among other things, has divulged some simple and effective tools to ‘get your mind right’. I read this before I attended selection and there were times when the concepts inside these pages certainly helped me. Set better goals, think more clearly, and find a happy place under serious duress and discomfort.


The Way of Men

Jack Donovan

Have you ever wanted to gather a group of your best buds, say screw it to the world and build your own tribe separate from society? Well, in “The way of men”, Jack Donovan is in a way promoting just that. This book is anti-contemporary thought on masculinity, it will piss some people off (a lot of people), and it will fire you up to be a better man. What does it mean to be a man in this modern world? Is violence and the capacity for it evil? What would the world be like without struggle and strife? Globalization and modernization are starting to kill the tribe. Maybe it’s time to take a breath and a step backward.


Outside the Wire

Kevin Patterson & Jane Warren

Here is a book about the Canadian experience in Afghanistan. It is at once, uplifting, sorrowful, engaging, and confounding. The stories shared run the gamut of experience and emotion. Anyone who has been to Afghanistan or any other war-torn place will find relatable tales, and hopefully, some solace in pain divided through sharing. Who has been overseas? What other books about personal stories and experiences do you suggest? Remember, as I just mentioned, Pain shared is pain divided, and further, joy shared is joy multiplied.


Training at the Speed of Life

Kenneth R. Murray

Are you a police officer? A firefighter? A military member? Paramedic? Operator or warrior of any kind (even airsoft/milsim can benefit here)? Do you employ realistic, or do you wish to employ realistic, reality-based training (RBT)? If any of those questions are yes to you. This book is required reading. One of the few “textbooks” covering this area of service. Realistic training is the crucible. The old adage, “We don’t rise to the occasion, we fall to the level of our training”. Is true, I have seen it, and I am sure so have many of you. Covering everything from safety to scenarios, modalities, and philosophies. This is a very important text on the design, delivery, and conduct of realistic training (the only kind worth anything). 

Stay safe and keep training