Item description for America's Fighting Force by Thomas Hurley...
America's Fighting Force is a compelling story of the young, normal everyday kids that defend our freedom. This is not a biography, although you will get to know the author. It is a documentary that spans eight years of active military service bringing you tales from all over the United States to overseas, including Korea and Iraq. It also showcases a side of the military that is not often written about: the everyday true-life side. It takes you from living in the field and shooting fire missions to cars and women and music. It takes you from being locked down in Korea to playing paper, rock, scissors with young Korean kids, probably five or six years old, even though we couldn't even speak to each other. It will take you from deploying to Iraq and running missions to Baghdad, to living in our tents and writing stupid songs to amuse ourselves. Written from September 2003 to July 2005, America's Fighting Force is a thoroughly detailed account that can be related to by not only members of the military, but every American with a sense of pride in our country as well.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 1" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2006
Publisher Nightengale Press
ISBN 1933449225 ISBN13 9781933449227
Reviews - What do customers think about America's Fighting Force?
Excellent Portrayal and a Fun Read Feb 4, 2007
Tom has done an incredible job portraying the day-to-day adventures/misadventures of today's service members. I couldn't help but draw the similarities between SGT Hurley and a young Holden Caulfield. Tom's book is a must read for anyone considering a stint or career in the U.S. Armed Services or anyone looking to gain a deeper appreciation of the life in uniform.
Could not stop until the last page was turned... Aug 3, 2006
The most accurate portrayal of contemporary military life. Thomas Hurley has done what has become a rarity in todays culture. The author has shyed away from the "Hollywood" renditions of the common military, This brings the soldiers home and depicts the honest truth about the kids that protect this country. He brings to his readers the honest in the dirt truth about the average kid who decides to enlist in the US Army. Funny, honest, Controversial as well exciting. Guaranteed excellent Buy, and a great gift for both military and civilian consumers.
A young soldiers military life May 6, 2006
Reviewed by Joe Graham for Reader Views (5/06)
Thomas Hurley is a young man who enlisted in the Army in February of 1997 when he was 18 years old. He completed his basic training in South Carolina and then completed his AIT (Advanced Individual Training) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) was to be a 13 Papa, Fire Direction Specialist for the Multiple Launch Rocket System. At the time he completed his book, he was 26 years and his record of his eight years of military service will appeal to anyone who has ever served in the Army.
For those who have served in the Army, or any other branch of the service, they can quickly relate to Hurley's experiences. Veterans of military service will find themselves thinking back on their own experiences in the service and it does not matter when the veteran served - World War II, Korea, Vietnam or Desert Storm - they will find Hurley's experiences will jog memories of their own.
Any former serviceman or woman can quickly relate to the endless drills, the hurry ups and wait, and the long, lonely hours on duty away from home; and the enjoying of alcohol and partying as they attempted to fill the long hours as Hurley did.
One of the best anecdotes by Hurley is when he tells about playing Rock-Paper-Scissors with a group of Korean children. He shows the way a serviceman looks for ways to connect with the familiar when they are far away from home trying to adapt to a different culture.
The author states his purpose early in the book. "All the book is about is a bunch of normal everyday kids from all over the place all thrown together with an extraordinary, sometimes overlooked and unappreciated mission: Defending the United States of America."
The book will best be enjoyed by someone who is currently serving in the military or who has served previously. A general reader might be put off by all the military acronyms from NTC (National Training Center) to MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System). To the nonmilitary, all those acronyms can make the reader's head spin. At times Sgt. Hurley has a habit of listing everyone in his unit and keeping all the names straight and remembering who he is talking about can be challenging. At times, I found myself wishing that he had tightened up his chapters so that events seemed to flow in a more logical fashion instead of jumping back and forth in time.
American's Fighting Force creates a picture of the current American fighting man and woman that any veteran can relate to. Even though, the equipment and technology has changed over the years, the challenges of dealing with the mission, training and down time as portrayed by Sgt. Hurley, is a story that any military man or woman can relate to.
Absolutely hilarious Jan 20, 2006
This is one of the best books I have read in a while. He hit the nail on the head talking about life in the military revolving around cars, music, partying and chasing women. I couldn't put it down after I bought, only breaking for sleep and food. This book is hilarious and a must read if you were/are in the military. I guarantee you will be able to relate to something in this book.