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Surviving The Cut is a documentary and reality Discovery Channel television series that is produced by 2 Roosters Media. The show feature the rigors of military training and the various programs of certain popular elite forces within the armed forces of the United States.

The show offers a very detailed behind the scenes view of the kinds of things that soldiers must endure in order to become members of the elite Special Forces teams in the U.S. For example, there are many challenging obstacle courses and hand to hand combat sequences. Additionally, there is the handling of weaponry, such as the shooting and bombing exercises. At times, soldiers are shown to become injured to demonstrate the importance of arranging for immediate medical attention.

One emphasis of the show is to highlight teamwork, courage, strength, persistence and focus as necessary components of a successful training regimen - as core values for each division.

As the soldiers undergo their intense military training, they hope to join one of the available Special Forces units. Each episode features how the soldiers attend special schools designed to prepare them for very specific military units. For example, featured units include the Army Rangers, Marine Snipers, Navy Seals and the Air Force Pararescuers.

When candidates arrive, they just immediately endure a number of grueling military exercises. The focus is to test each candidate's physical and mental ability to handle all of the school's training demands. The ones who survive are expected to get through even more challenging exercises that prepare them for the dangers and rigors they are expected to face while in the midst of combat.

Some of the soldiers resign before completing the various extreme training measures, while others are eliminated. Soldiers also participate in many orchestrated combat situations that are designed to test fighting and leadership skills. The few surviving members must pass all of their course in order to earn the coveted place among the Special Forces units.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on Discovery Channel
2 Seasons, 14 Episodes
May 14, 2010
Reality
8.0/10
Cast: William Sadler
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Surviving The Cut Full Episode Guide

  • In an effort to become Special Boat Operators, students must endure hostile water rescue tests, brutal team building events, and small boat operations in extreme conditions.

  • For six weeks, students endure intense mental and physical stress testing: escape and evasion, long-distance land navigation, hand-to-hand combat, special weapons, and emergency medical response skills.

  • Marine snipers are known to be the best because of their patience and accuracy. In fact, only 1 out of 3 will make the cut.

  • A five day training session involves constant high-stress missions. Make the wrong move and the whole team fails.

  • For six weeks, elite special ops soldiers push the limits of the human body to become the most highly trained combat divers on the planet.

  • To earn the name "Recon Marine", you must first survive the Corps' famously grueling 12-week recon course.

  • Only 10 percent of students survive Extended Training Day because of the torment it wreaks.

  • A look inside the US Army Ranger School, the most difficult combat course int he world. Only 1 out of 3 will survive.

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