Civilians Get A Taste Of Elite Military Training In New Reality Show

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A screenshot from a trailer for new Fox reality TV show "American Grit."

A new reality show pits four teams of civilian athletes, each led by a military veteran, against each other in a series of military-themed survival challenges and obstacle courses. Called “American Grit,” the 10-episode show is hosted by professional wrestler, John Cena, according to FOX.


The 16 competitors are broken into four teams, each led by one of four U.S. military veterans from the Global War on Terror, dubbed “the cadre.” The teams compete against one another on a range of military-themed obstacles and challenges.

The veteran coaches includes Noah Galloway, an Army veteran who lost an arm and a leg while serving in Iraq with the 101st, and last year, placed third on “Dancing With the Stars;” Rorke Denver, a retired Navy SEAL officer who led special operations missions across the globe; Nick Irving, an Army Ranger who served as a sniper team leader with the 75th Ranger Regiment and earned the moniker “The Reaper” for killing 33 enemy combatants in three and a half months; and Tawanda “Tee” Hanible, who recently retired from the Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant and deployed to Iraq for the 2003 invasion.

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The winning team will walk away with $1 million dollars, and that’s what sets the show apart: One team, not one person, will win.

“This is the kind of show that America needs right now,” Irving told Marine Corps Times. “You don’t see much real teamwork displayed in reality competition shows these days. It’s mostly just a bunch of backstabbing and stuff like that.”

"American Grit" will premiere April 14 at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Fox. Watch the trailer below:

Former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, whom President Donald Trump recently pardoned of his 2013 murder conviction, claims he was nothing more than a pawn whom generals sacrificed for political expediency.

The infantry officer had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012. Two of the men were killed.

During a Monday interview on Fox & Friends, Lorance accused his superiors of betraying him.

"A service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock them down," Lorance said. "I think that's extremely important. Anybody who is not part of the senior Pentagon brass will tell you the same thing."

"I think folks that start putting stars on their collar — anybody that has got to be confirmed by the Senate for a promotion — they are no longer a soldier, they are a politician," he continued. "And so I think they lose some of their values — and they certainly lose a lot of their respect from their subordinates — when they do what they did to me, which was throw me under the bus."

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