Being a Marine doesn’t mean the same thing for everybody.  Despite being the smallest military branch employed by the United States, a wide variety of occupational specialties, combat theaters, and operational requirements assures us all that our time in boots will be a unique conglomeration of pride and misery, custom tailored to fate and our own decisions.  That diversity of experience, however, has its limits, and the relative few of us that wore an Eagle, Globe and Anchor on our collars or covers, often find that we’re only a few degrees of separation from one another, even if we’ve never met.

I’ve never met Jason Delgado, but in a way, I felt like I knew him before I ever picked up his new book, “Bounty Hunter 4/3.”  His frequent appearances of SOFREP Radio with Ian Scotto, Brandon Webb, and Jack Murphy have served as a welcome distraction on my longer runs for a while now.  Worth noting, of course, these days my runs are long in duration more often than distance – but Delgado’s no-nonsense conversational style and willingness to speak his mind unapologetically, while respectfully allowing for the possibility that he may be ruffling feathers, has a way of pulling me out of my achy-knee’d misery, and sending me back to the loose sand of Sugar Cookie in Twentynine Palms…  Back to when I was a younger, fitter, and meaner Marine.  Delgado doesn’t speak like a politician or a media personality that’s trying to appeal to the broadest demographic possible. Delgado talks like a Marine: with respect, confidence, and an expletive filled certainty you can find in fighting holes and drill fields wherever the Corps has a footprint.

Delgado’s writing, I came to find, is just as conversational and approachable.  In his new book, he relays his experiences in the Marine Corps, in combat, and at home in a way that elicits the same kinds of reactions you share between your veteran buddies over beers, rolling your eyes and sighing about the ignorance of some commanders, laughing at the ridiculousness of reality in life or death situations, and occasionally, clenching your jaw in frustration or sadness, as he shares stories of Marines, brothers, leaders he’s lost along the way.

If you’ve heard Jason Delgado speak, his articulate delivery of sentences laced evenly with curses and insight, you’ll probably find yourself, as I did, hearing his voice in your head as you read.  If you’re not already familiar with the Marine Scout Sniper, war hero, and integral element in not only the development of modern sniper methodology, but the standards and procedures for the Corps’ first special operations command, you may still find yourself attributing a familiar voice to his diction, as Delgado tells you his story like he’s speaking to a close friend.