Wearing the Green Beret ISBN 978-0-7710-6852-2 Jake Olafsen is a Canadian from British Columbia who enlisted in the Royal Marines during the summer of 2005. After his training he served two combat tours in Afghanistan. Upon completing his five years he took his separation and returned to Canada. The book is divided into two parts; the first dealing with his commando training and the second with his operational service. While undergoing his 30 weeks training at Lympstone Olafsen kept notes. He details what training he and his troop were undergoing week by week along with some of the training methods used by the Corps. While beatings were out, and lamented by his troop Sergeant, the front leaning rest and squatting with one's thighs parallel to the ground with the arms straight out, were not. Nor was hanging from the rafters like a fruit bat. From the first two weeks billeted in the foundation block until the passing out parade where the 'nods' are addressed as Marines for the first time, Olafsen relates the story of his training with easily read clarity, including the personal weaknesses he had to overcome in order to finish. After training Olafsen was drafted to 45 Commando in Arbroath and posted to Zulu Company. The Commando was preparing for Herrick 5 and Camp Bastion. He skips over most of the preparations and the daily life in a Commando and goes straight to his time on operations. 45 Commando was divided up between Bagram airfield, guard duty at Camp Bastion, and operations at Garmsir in southern Helmand province. Those looking for a detailed overview of what the Commando did during Herrick 5 will be disappointed as this is a personal account of one Marine's participation in the war from his perspective. No officers or senior NCO's are mentioned. In fact very few other Marines are mentioned, even by nickname. But this does not detract from the story. Lots of action and explosions with none of the days of boredom. And, for some reason, everywhere he serves he keeps running into other serving Canadians. This is as far in the book as I've got, and I've only been reading it for a week. So far it hasn't disappointed but, again, there isn't anything that I haven't heard before. Well, maybe some of the horrors of the time spent at Lympstone, which Olafsen admits he hated. I mean, washing and drying clothes and bedding by hand in this day and age? He does find help, however. He gets to know a nod named Steve who seemed to be getting more sleep than the rest of them. Turns out that Steve had been through the entire 30 week programme previously but was binned during the final week. Steve taught Olafsen all of the tricks (like where there were unused washers and dryers available). Overall, it's a thumbs up. One man's view of his war, as he saw it. Cheers, Dan.