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Watch 30 Civilians Try To Pass SOF Selection In New Reality Show
An upcoming HISTORY Channel reality television show will put 30 everyday people with no military background through intense training designed to mimic the selection programs of the military’s elite Special Operations Forces.
In the eight-episode series, titled “The Selection: Special Operations Experiment,” the participants are subjected to tear gas, interrogation simulation, and psychological warfare. Based on the trailer, there’s a lot of ice baths, ruck marches, and sit-ups in the surf, too.
“The Selection” is not a competition series, there’s no cash reward at the end, and participants are pushed to the breaking point by their six instructors, all of whom are combat veterans from Navy SEAL, Green Beret, and Army Ranger units.
According to HISTORY, the show’s civilian participants are men and women between 21 and 45 years old who signed on for “an epic journey of self-discovery, facing their biggest fears and testing their will to survive.”
The aim of the show is to highlight the rigorous screening process that Special Operations Forces must pass — four out of five service members seeking to join these elite units fail.
“‘The Selection’ will offer civilians the unique opportunity to take part in an immersive, authentic course instructed by different branches leading together, while giving viewers insight into the origins of these challenges,” said Paul Cabana, the executive vice president and head of programming at HISTORY in a press release.
The first episode of “The Selection,” from executive producer Peter Berg who also directed “Lone Survivor” and “Friday Night Lights,” airs on Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. eastern time on the HISTORY Channel.
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has confirmed that a nightmare scenario has come to pass: Captured ISIS fighters are escaping as a result of Turkey's invasion of Kurdish-held northeast Syria.
Turkey's incursion has led to "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees," Esper said in a statement on Monday.
Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.