5 Great Books for Navy Seal Soldiers to Read (Wisdom to help you Thrive in Combat)

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Soldiers live to serve. And the only way you serve better is if you hone your brain as disciplined as you hone your combat skills.

Right now, you are going to discover some of the best-written books in human history. All of them talks about Battle and War, and all of them guaranteed to be useful in your battle as a soldier. Consider them one of the best investment you can make for your long-term future career as an elite Navy Seals Soldier.

Read one book = 10% better chance of surviving and winning in your battles. How’s that for return of investment?

1. Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell

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What better way to learn, than to learn right from those who have experience?

Marcus Luttrell is the last survivor of the legendary Operation Redwing. Inside this book, you will find lessons that he learned from combating the Talibans and being the last survivor of what was originally a 4-man team. The things that kept him going when his teammates, one by one, died horribly in battle, and threats approaching him from every horizon.

Soldiers – not to mention Navy Seals Soldiers – will face terror on the battlefield. Your life & your comrade’s life could be in real danger. And although all the training and simulations help, those don’t even come close to real-life situations on the battlefield.

Which is why we urge you to read Lone Survivor, a first-person perspective story of one of the bloodiest battle in the history of Navy Seals, and how this one person, Mr. Luttrell managed to survive and come home safely.

2. Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink

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Jocko Willink is a name that’s respected by both military personnel and even business leaders. Why? Because of his famous concept – or should I say his way of thinking – “Extreme Ownership”.

It’s a story of personal accountability, a topic that so many of us like to evade. How a Commander of SEAL Team Three leads his team to victory by commanding and managing himself. Not others, not his squad unit. But himself.

After reading this book, you will feel a strong sense of responsibility and renewed passion. Implementing the concept of Extreme Ownership is going to help you create a sense of camaraderie inside your team. And that camaraderie is going to be the rock-solid foundation for you moving forward in active combat missions as a Navy Seals Soldier.

3. The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian – Eric Greitens

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Would you agree if I say that Soldiers are a true humanitarian?

You left your family back home to come to a foreign country in order to help the weak, innocent, and powerless civilians. What could be more humanitarian than that?

Which is why The Heart and the Fist is a must-read book for you. So many of us forget this notion of humanitarian… So many of us are preoccupied in vengeance and hate towards our enemies… That we forget the true reason we’re here.

We’re here to help. Not to destroy, but help build a better future for the country in need. Read this book, and you’ll come to remember the main reason why your existence in the Navy Seal team is essential for the betterment of mankind.

4. Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal Leader – Jason Redman

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Active combat missions won’t leave with scar-less. For some of us – Navy Seals Soldiers – these “scars” are not like scars at all. It could be ugly. The damage could be severe. The pain can be unbearable, and the trauma can last years… if not for the rest of our lives.

Trident is a book that prepares you for that unfortunate possibility. It shows, from a first-person perspective, the journey of a veteran soldier named Jason Redman. How he received severe damage from battle and managed to recover 120%, both physically and mentally through what he calls “sheer mental tenacity“.

Interested in knowing more about that “sheer mental tenacity“? Read this book, and you’ll be much better prepared for the worst possible outcome in the future. Should the unfortunate happens, you’ll be able to withstand the storm and come back STRONGER.

5. The Holy Bible

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The Bible contains countless ancient wisdom, open for anyone to read, learn, and forage.

Before you say you’re a skeptic, consider this: In an age where men can sometimes rely too much on science and logic, the Bible is abundant with analogies and stories that are deeply rooted and contains valuable wisdom. There’s a reason why our founding fathers chose the Bible as the ultimate guide to shape our way of life.

A wise US soldier would be willing to learn “the Book” in which his/her country’s foundation is built upon, wouldn’t you agree?


There you have it, a list of 10 of the best books ever written in human history. Books that inspire wisdom, courage, and the willingness to serve your country.

Reading is not for academics. Men who read are rare, but so is the population of Navy Seals… elite and rare. Which is why we urge you to keep honing your mind by reading words of wisdom.

Because in and out of service, we as men of the Navy Seals will undoubtedly face many difficult decisions. Decisions that seemed nearly impossible, yet they exist. And it’s our duty to take the best option. Which is why wisdom will be extremely valuable at such times.

Always remember…

“Wisdom helps you make better decisions. Better decision-making will help you win your War.”