“The stunning photographs in Birth of a Warrior chronicle the transformation of 162 young men from across the country into U.S. Army Delta Company 2/47. From four in the morning until late at night, through arrival, processing, outfitting, marching, inspection, drill, physical training, combat training, and live-fire exercises, Jones documents an astonishing metamorphosis. Granted unprecedented access to the lives of these recruits and the NCOs responsible for their basic training, he photographs everything from their first haircuts to the tossing of their caps at graduation. Birth of a Warrior is both their story and our story: a profound look at the culture and humanity of those who we ask to go off to war.”—From the publisher


Birth of a Warrior cover


Bio: Raymond McCrea Jones is a photographer and filmmaker represented by Redux Pictures and based in Atlanta, Georgia. Ray’s editorial and commercial photography has appeared in publications around the world. Ray joined The New York Times at the age of 26 where he produced and/or photographed pieces for almost every section of the benchmark publication. His first book of photography, Out of Step: Faces of Straight Edge,  was independently published in 2007.




 216 pp. 228 color photos 9 x 7

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-764-4