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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

    Jeff Depatie, JTF2 Sniper and Founder of The Special Forces Experience

    Jeff Depatie, JTF2 Sniper and Founder of The Special Forces Experience

    On this week’s podcast, Rad features Jeff Depatie, a former sniper/assaulter with Joint Task Force 2, the tier 1 solution of the Canadian Armed Forces comparable to SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force. JTF2 famously holds the record for the longest confirmed kill at 3,540 meters.

     

    Jeff is the founder of The Special Forces Experience (SFE), a collective committed to building communities that facilitate post-traumatic growth (PTG). He shares how they induce stress to jumpstart growth and the physiological and psychological foundations of their therapy that ultimately heal veterans. 

     

    Rad and Jeff dig into the psychedelic renaissance happening today and the need to set guidelines on plant-based therapy. Their own experiences with the healing properties of cannabis help inform the kind of groundbreaking work that Jeff and his community are doing.

     

    Find out more on The Special Forces Experience in the links below:

     


    Website: https://thespecialforcesexperience.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/specialforcesexperience/
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    • 44 min
    Ethan Chorin, Former Diplomat to Libya and Author

    Ethan Chorin, Former Diplomat to Libya and Author

    On this week’s podcast, Rad features Ethan Chorin, a former diplomat posted to Libya during the 2012 Benghazi attack. This single catastrophe continues to have far-reaching effects on the domestic and foreign policy of the US and Ethan shares his account of the events prior to the attack and its aftermath. 

    He gives an insider's perspective on Ambassador Chris Stevens' thoughts leading up to this fateful day and the tremendous amount of risk he volunteered to take on entering Benghazi. 

    Ethan also comments on the rather unfair portrayal of Ambassador Stevens in the Hollywood dramatization. He points to the fact that what people want is a scapegoat for why this tragic event even took place and not an understanding of its implications to policy-making, risk aversion, and partisanship.

    Grab a copy of Ethan's book Benghazi! : https://amzn.to/3RPSZRh
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    • 45 min
    James Rife and Craig Reed, Military Historians and Authors

    James Rife and Craig Reed, Military Historians and Authors

    On this week’s podcast, Rad features James Rife and Craig Reed, both military historians and published authors. James discusses the tense geopolitical history between Ukraine and Russia going back a thousand years that laid the foundations for the invasion happening today. 

     

    Meanwhile, Craig analyzes the backbreaking mistakes that Russia has made thus far which has dragged on what was supposed to be a 3-day invasion into a protracted war now on its 6th month. 

     

    They look at the sweeping changes Ukraine enforced after the ease with which Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. After getting a taste of Western democracy and freedom, Ukraine’s now battle-hardened veterans, armed with cutting-edge weapons and tactics, have put up stiff resistance against their country's greatest existential crisis.

     

    Grab a copy of James and Craig's book The Russia Ukraine War Factbook in the link below:

     

    https://militaryminiaturepress.com/product/the-russia-ukraine-war-factbook/


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    • 53 min
    Anthony Stephen Malone, Paratrooper, CIA Agent, and Author

    Anthony Stephen Malone, Paratrooper, CIA Agent, and Author

    On this week’s podcast, Rad features Anthony Stephen Malone, a former Paratrooper in the British Army and former CIA operator in Afghanistan. He is the host of The Patriot Show, as well as the author of 4 books, including the Honour Bound series and his latest release called Hostage/Evacuation which details his capture by the Taliban.

    He shares the critical and apolitical role of the veteran community in helping move up to 400 families out of Afghanistan during the chaotic evacuation in 2021. He also sheds light on the brain drain happening there right now where educated young people simply do not want to be in a country governed by extremist Taliban. 

    There are many elements within Afghanistan that actually want the country to progress. More of the world needs to realize that leaving Afghanistan to devolve back into civil war and getting Western boots on the ground again is simply not in anyone’s interest.

    Connect with Anthony, learn about his advocacy to help fellow veterans by visiting his website: http://www.anthonymalone.me.uk/

    Get a copy of Honour Bound Part 1: https://amzn.to/3CVEsi6

    Get a copy of Honour Bound Part 2: https://amzn.to/3cHRZiK
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    • 47 min
    MSG John "Mad Dog" B. Melson, Marine, National Guard, and Cancer Survivor

    MSG John "Mad Dog" B. Melson, Marine, National Guard, and Cancer Survivor

    In this podcast, Rad features Master Sergeant John "Mad Dog" B. Melson, who served 3 years in the USMC and almost 17 years in the Army National Guard. After his service in the Marines and in the wake of 9/11, John tried to enlist again but found out that he had a tumor in his neck which was cutting off his blood flow. 

     

    He was in extreme danger and was faced with a difficult decision: undergo surgery that could kill him or do nothing and have less than 5 years to live. He chose to have a fighting chance and went under the knife. Against the odds, he survived and was given the chance to serve again in the National Guard to fight in Afghanistan.

     

    He shares crazy stories of his 9 combat deployments, from popping smoke to signal the A-10 not to fire upon them in the middle of a firefight, to being left to fend for themselves during a Taliban assault. He is the recipient of 5 Bronze Star Medals, 2 Purple Hearts, and 4 Army Commendation Medals for Valor.

     

    Check out John’s podcast Guts and Grit:

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/guts-grit-great-business/id1516815054

     

    Get a copy of Jessica Ainsworth’s latest book titled At What Cost on Amazon which features John’s foreword and an entire chapter on his story and the personal cost of war: https://amzn.to/3T0FSNQ

     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Gary Weaving, Former Royal Engineer and Founder of Forgotten Veterans UK

    Gary Weaving, Former Royal Engineer and Founder of Forgotten Veterans UK

    On this podcast, Rad features Gary Weaving, Founder and CEO of Forgotten Veterans United Kingdom (FVUK). A former Royal Engineer who served in Afghanistan, he started the charity in 2016 following his medical discharge from the British Army. Failure to get a correct diagnosis of his physical injuries led him to spiral down, abuse substances, and lose the will to live.

    He began posting details about his troubles on social media and was amazed by the response from fellow veterans going through similar difficulties. He started FVUK with his own personal funds to provide immediate and much-needed support for fellow veterans. To this day Gary does not take any payment or money from the charity for himself. 

    The mantra of their organization is "selfless commitment to others" and their goal is to give back purpose and hope to veterans forgotten by the system.

     

    Connect with Gary and FVUK by checking out the links below:

    Website: https://www.forgottenveteransuk.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SelflessCommitmentToOthers

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alone_Soldiers


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    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Mathsminds95 ,

Awesome, fun and outstanding podcast!

This podcast is absolute blast! Not only it covers topics that are not covered in the mainstream media but, the humor in the podcast is brilliant! I love the guests that comes onto the podcast!

Luxe Pearl ,

Keep Up The Great Work

Can't say enough good things about Sofrep Radio. Everyone is so well spoken but not limiting themselves to political correctness, the interviews are entertaining and informative and I appreciate that I can actually hear the stories we read and hear on the news from the people themselves (or those in the know). Fave episode was 12, with Rob, fellow countryman. So cool to hear an Aussie on the show!
Keep up the awesome work, glad I found this podcast!

94mim ,

Excellent podcast and topics

Overall this podcast is great. Great content and I do like the rotating hosts. Only thing that can be negative is Ian often times. I listen to quite a few podcasts and for someone professionally in the media, he is literally worst producer out of some podcasts I listen to that are literally in people's garages.
Otherwise podcast is awesome.

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