This book hits close to home for me. I remember finishing up a SEAL sniper course (at the time I was the Course Manager) in the spring of 2005. One of the graduates, a friend of mine, was Marcus Luttrell, author of Lone Survivor.
Part of the Navy SEALs new 21st Century sniper training methodology is to assign instructor/student mentors to at least two pairs of students. This mentor relationship creates competition among instructors to have their pairs out compete the others, and ensures that the students get 110% out of the instruction. It’s like having a personal instructor at your disposal, and is very effective at graduating skilled marksman. As an instructor you cannot help but get a little closer to the men you mentor. I had the privilege to mentor some great students, including Marcus Luttrell’s twin brother, Morgan, and his shooting partner, Matt “Axe” Axleson, when they went through training. Both of these men graduated with high marks. I still remember hearing Morgan say, “Make sure you take care of my brother when he comes through here, Instructor Webb!”
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