Wearing the Green Beret: A Canadian With the Royal Marine Commandos

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McClelland & Stewart, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 301 pages
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With the authenticity of Jarhead and Bravo Two Zero and the straight-up narrative of Contact Charlie, this military memoir describes what really goes on in the training of an elite soldier and his tours in Afghanistan.

In 2004, Jake Olafsen signed up for the Royal Marines Commandos. He left everything behind at home in Canada on the basis of a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Royal Marines have the toughest and longest basic training of any infantry unit in the world. For Olafson, this meant eight months of wet and cold in England and Wales. It was hell, but he came out with the four Commando qualities that the corps look for: courage, determination, unselfishness, cheerfulness in the face of adversity.

Olafsen went on to serve for four years as a Commando in the Royal Marines, an elite military unit based in the United Kingdom. He went to Afghanistan twice: in 2006, he went to confront the Taliban in Helmand Province for six months, and in 2007, he was sent to do it all over again. His story is filled with good experiences, like the sense of accomplishment, patriotism, and camaraderie, and the opportunity to travel the world. But all good things come at a price. The sacrifices he made for the Corps are significant; he has killed the enemy and he has buried his friends. And in telling his story, Olafsen hopes that he can make sense of it all. This is an honest, gutsy story about the mud and the blood, the triumphs and the tragedies.


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Contents

Early Days
1
Z The Beginning
7
A New World Order
13
Nods
20
To the Field
25
B Sergeant Psycho
34
Sleep?
38
B Respite
45
Along the Way
87
Ice Pigs
95
Final Ex
101
1B End Ex
110
PAY ATTENTION 19 45 Commando
123
21 Get On With It
126
Z1 Bastion
132
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144

Spooning
48
ll Find a Happy Place
59
Marksman
63
Dividends
67
Tactical
73
Stoppage
80
MOG North 2
222
Gibraltar 2
240
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259
Taurus 2
266
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About the author (2012)

JAKE OLAFSEN was born and raised on Vancouver Island. After college he worked in the family business in the forest industry. He served with the Canadian Army Reserve for nearly 3 years and helped to battle the B.C. forest fires of 2003. In 2005-2009, Olafsen was a Royal Marine Commando and served 2 tours in Afghanistan. He was most recently in Afghanistan in April 2008, and in total he has spent nearly 14 months in the volatile Helmand province. In 2009, he left the Corps and returned home to Vancouver Island to pursue a career in the international maritime security industry, indulging his passion for mountaineering in his spare time.


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