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Navy SEALs BUD/S Preparation Guide

Navy SEALs BUD/S Preparation Guide

A Former SEAL Instructor's Guide to Getting You Through BUD/S

SOFREP (Volume 5)

Christopher Hagerman, Michael Ritland, and SOFREP; Foreword by Brandon Webb

St. Martin's Press


Retired Navy SEAL Chris Hagerman will take you inside the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training program to teach prospective Navy SEALs the ins and outs of the most rigorous military selection program in the world. Hagerman, along with the team at SOFREP, is uniquely suited to write a program of instruction which walks would-be Special Operations troops through the course and tells them how to get from A to B and achieve their goals in the Special Operations community.

Filled with entertaining anecdotes and an insider's knowledge, Navy SEALs BUD/S Preparation Guide is a must-read for prospective SEALs and armchair military enthusiasts everywhere.

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Christopher Hagerman, Michael Ritland, and SOFREP; Foreword by Brandon Webb

CHRISTOPHER HAGERMAN is a retired United States Navy SEAL. Hagerman attended American Military University and completed his Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security - Emergency and Disaster Management in 2007. Born and raised in California, Christopher has always had a love of the outdoors, especially the water.

Hagerman joined the Navy in 1996. He graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, California with Class 211. He was awarded the Trident as a Navy SEAL in 1998. During his honorable career, he served with SEAL Delivery Team 2 and SEAL Team 2 while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Petty Officer Hagerman served as a Navy SEAL Sniper and Special Operations Combat Medic, graduating from the U.S. Army Special Forces Combat Medical School (18-Delta).

Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children. They reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

MIKE RITLAND joined the Navy in 1996 and graduated with BUD/S class 215. After years as a member of SEAL Team 3, he became a BUD/S instructor and then started his own company to train dogs for the SEAL teams. Today he continues to supply working and protection dogs to a host of clients, including the U.S. government and Department of Defense. He also started the Warrior Dog Foundation to help retired Special Operations dogs live long and happy lives after their service. is the #1 site on the Internet for news and information as it relates to the Special Operations and Intelligence community. In a very short time, SOFREP has become a legitimate source of alternative non partisan news media. The editors of SOFREP are from the US military Special Operations and Intelligence communities, and most have over a decade of operational experience that sets them apart from typical journalists.

BRANDON WEBB is a former U.S. Navy SEAL; his last assignment with the SEALs was Course Manager for the elite SEAL Sniper Course, where he was instrumental in developing new curricula that trained some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century. Webb has received numerous distinguished service awards, including the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Commendation Medal with a "V" for "Valor," for his platoon's deployment to Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks. He is editor for's blog Kit Up, SOFREP's Editor in Chief, and a frequent national media commentator on snipers and related Special Operations Forces military issues.

Christopher Hagerman

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