"SURVIVING THE CUT" follows the best of the best the US military has to offer as they fight for special operations' most elite status. From the producers of Discovery Channel's hit special TWO WEEKS IN HELL, each episode goes to hell and back as select candidates are pushed to the brink to weed out the weak. This series reveals how elite schools select and shape human weapons to be used in the most classified military operations in the world. While the tactics and technology provide an impressive backdrop, the focus is on the candidates' constant struggle to overcome relentless psychological and physical obstacles.
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Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman, Advanced 02x06
These students face hostile water rescue tests, brutal team building events, and small boat operations in extreme conditions, with hopes of becoming Special Boat Operators combating maritime terrorism and piracy.
Special Operations Aviation Regiment 02x05
For six weeks, students are pushed through a barrage of mental and physical stress testing: escape and evasion, long-distance land navigation, hand-to-hand combat, special weapons, and emergency medical response skills. 1 in 3 will not survive the cut.
Army Sapper 02x04
Air Force Diver 02x03
Army Sniper 02x02
Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman, Basic 02x01
Marine Snipers 01x06
Marine Snipers are legendary in the sniper world for being the best. This is where they learn their craft. Units will only send their best men to this course, but on average 1 in 3 will fail. Becoming a Marine sniper takes a level of discipline that few could ever hope to achieve. They will wait hours in the worst possible conditions but only have seconds to make the shot.
Navy EOD 01x05
Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians or EOD are the only explosives and bomb specialists qualified for special operations.
Before a Navy EOD team can go to war with Special Forces, they must go through one final test. Like the job itself, it's all-or-nothing training: A five-day, non-stop series of high stress missions. Make the wrong move, allow fatigue or distraction to take over and the entire team will fail. The team that survives the cut stays together as a certified special ops team.
Special Forces Diver 01x04
The US Army's Special Forces Combat Dive Course takes only the Army's best soldiers. Most are already battle-proven Army Rangers and Green Berets. Now these elite special ops soldiers challenge themselves to become the most highly trained combat divers on the planet. For six weeks, they are tested in the most severe underwater conditions.
To earn the coveted Special Forces Diver Badge, these men will push the limits of the human body to prove they have what it takes. One in three won't make it... the rest survive the cut.
US Marine Recon 01x03
Reconnaissance Marines are the eyes and ears of the Marine Corps. The first men on the ground behind enemy lines, they gather intelligence and carry out missions that support the entire Corps. Their motto says it all: Swift, Silent, Deadly.
But to earn the name "Recon Marine", you must first survive the Corps' famously grueling 12-week recon course. Marines are pushed to unconsciousness in the pool, and then wrestle their 90-pound packs into the pounding surf of the Pacific Ocean. It's a man-breaking, all-out endurance test that forges top soldiers with unparalleled skills.