I felt a lot of emotions reading the book. I am in awe that anyone makes it through RASP given the intense physical and mental pressure that they have to face. At the end of the book, the author wrote a personal note and I want to share it here because he expresses my feelings about war, particularly the current war, so well.
"On October 22, 2011, Sergeant Kristoffer B. Domeij was killed in action in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Kris Domeij was 29 years old, and on his fourteenth combat rotation. Sergeant Domeij joined the Army just before 9/11 , entered the Regiment (Rangers) after basic training and airborne school, and was on continuous combat rotation for more than a decade. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Other than the accolades from his battalion leaders and his brother Rangers, we know little about this Ranger -- this warrior patriot; Sergeant Domeij left instructions with his family and his command that should he fall in battle, he wanted no publicity or notoriety. Indeed, he was the essence of the quiet professional.
In the book I've tried to focus on the assessment, selection, training and deployment of Rangers in the 75th Ranger Regiment. I've made it a point to sidestep political issues and issues that may be parochial within our military or our Special Operations Forces. And, admittedly, I've grown close to these fine soldiers. Yet I would be remiss if I didn't at least make this observation: Our country and our political leaders had better make damn sure that there are serious matters of national security and national interest at stake for us to send one of our warriors back on their fourteenth combat rotation. Or, for that matter, even their first.
In deference to Sgt. Domeij's wishes, I'll say no more about him personally. Yet his life, his service, and yes, his death cry out for some acknowledgment of his passing. Does this nation realized how well they were served by this fine Ranger? By his brother Rangers, now and in the future? Do any of us for that matter? So, in memory of Sergeant Kris Domeij and the many fallen of the 75th Ranger Regiment, I'm asking you to visit this website: http://www.rangersscholarshipfund.org/. This is the site for the Ranger Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit established to support the education of, among others, children of those Rangers who died for their country. Support this organization. It's the least we can do for all they have done, and continue to do for us."