Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch enlisted
in the Marine Corps in 1986. While commanding a tank, he was wounded in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Nick was medically retired
from the Marines in 2005 at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Nick Popaditch is the author of Once
a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery
and The Ultimate Marine
Recruit Training Guidebook: A Drill
Instructor's Strategies and Tactics
According to the book description of Once a Marine:
An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery, “Readers in and
out of the military will stand up and cheer for this valiant Marine's Marine, a man who embodies everything noble and
proud in the Corps' long tradition. Never has modern mechanized combat seemed so immediate and real, or the fight in Iraq
seemed so human and worth believing in.
At first, Nick fights to get back to
where he was in Iraq-in the cupola of an M1A1 main battle tank, leading Marines in combat at the point of the spear. As the
seriousness and permanence of his disabilities become more evident, Nick fights to remain in the Corps in any capacity, to
help the brothers in arms he so aches to rejoin. Facing the inevitable following a medical retirement, he battles for rightful
recognition and compensation for his permanent disabilities. Throughout his harrowing ordeal, Nick fights to maintain his
honor and loyalty, waging all these battles the same way-the Marine way-because anything less would be a betrayal of all he
The real triumph in Once a Marine is its
previously untold, behind-the-scenes tale of the day-to-day life of a career Marine noncommissioned staff officer. In most
books and movies, a "Gunny" is little more than a cardboard character. Nick's portrayal is a man complete: a
husband and father, as well as a warrior and a molder of young warriors. He reveals himself completely, something no memoirist
in his position has ever done before. This includes our very personal introduction to his wife April, whose heroics in the
story equal Nick's, together with dozens of others who, as Sgt. Popaditch writes, gave so much, so selflessly and freely,
to him. Like the man himself, Once a Marine is full of gratitude and refreshingly free of false bravado and braggadocio.
All Americans, of all political persuasions,
have a duty to meet this courageous and admirable fighting man, an exemplar of all our military men and women who give so
much out of love for their nation. Meeting Gunny Sergeant Popaditch through the pages of his inspirational memoir offers up
new reasons to be proud and shoulder our own responsibilities as Americans.
Once a Marine will instantly take its place among outstanding combat classics. And once you read this remarkable
and uplifting book, The Marine's Hymn will never sound the same.”
According to the book description of
The Ultimate Marine Recruit Training
Guidebook: A Drill Instructor's
Strategies and Tactics for Success,
“The transition from civilian to that of
a Marine is a process unlike any other in
any branch of the military. As any
potential recruit can imagine, Marine
recruit training is difficult and
challenging. Its purpose is to mold a
Marine from the inside out.
Nick "Gunny Pop"
Popaditch is best known as the "Cigar
Marine" and author of Once a Marine, a
candid memoir about his service as a tank
commander in Iraq, his horrific wounding
in the first battle of Fallujah (where he
was hit in the head by a rocket-propelled
grenade), and his long and difficult
recovery. Gunny Pop has experienced the
Marine recruit training process from
every perspective: as a new recruit and
as a drill instructor (all three hats).
This new book brings together his nearly
16 years of Marine Corps expertise.
The Ultimate Marine
Recruit Training Guidebook is a
comprehensive, practical, and
easy-to-follow guide written specifically
for every new or prospective recruit
about to enter Marine recruit training.
Gunny Pop offers step-by-step
instructions and solutions, including
helpful charts and graphics, for how to
prepare both physically and mentally for
recruit training. Written by a Marine who
experienced it firsthand many times over,
Gunny Pop explores what recruits will be
asked to do (and in many cases, explain
why), and the motivating forces behind
drill instructor lessons and behavior.
Also included is a
custom fitness program specifically
designed to prepare you for the physical
demands of Marine recruit training.
The Ultimate Marine Recruit Training
Guidebook was written by a Marine and
former drill instructor for young men and
women who want to become one of the few
and the proud. No one should undertake
Marine recruit training without having
read this book.”