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Surviving the Cut
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which offers a behind-the-scenes look at what soldiers endure to become members of America’s Special Forces -- features lots of difficult obstacle courses, hand-to-hand fighting, weapons, and shooting/bombing exercises. Soldiers are sometimes shown getting injured or with blood dripping down their bodies or passing out. Words like "hell" are audible, while stronger profanity (“f--k”) is fully bleeped. The show can get fairly intense, but it also promotes teamwork, persistence, courage, and focus.
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What's the story?
SURVIVING THE CUT follows soldiers who are undergoing intense military training in hopes of joining one of the Special Forces elite units. Each episode follows the soldiers as they attend a school designed to prepare them for a specific military unit -- like the Army Rangers, the Navy Seals, the Marine Snipers, and the Air Force Pararescuers. Upon arrival, the candidates must endure grueling military exercises designed to test their mental and physical ability to handle the school's rigorous demands. Those who survive must then make it through even tougher exercises that prep thm for the rigors and dangers they'll face in combat. The soldiers who don't quit or get eliminated then participate in orchestrated combat operations designed to test their leadership and fighting skills. The few who survive all of the cuts and pass their course earn a coveted spot in the Special Forces.
Is it any good?
Surviving the Cut offers an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the training that goes into the Special Forces. There's some explanation of the extreme training measures that soldiers must go to in order to qualify for each elite unit, and the show highlights the core values of each division, which usually include strength, bravery, focus, and teamwork.
There's some strong language, and while the violence featured is in context, some of the military exercises may be a bit much for younger viewers. But those interested in the military or pursuing a military career will definitely find the series worth watching.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the military. Why do soldiers choose to subject themselves to this kind of rigorous training in order to become part of these divisions?
Why do you think women aren't allowed to be part of the Special Forces?
Do you think reality shows like this one encourage people to join the military? Or vice versa? Why?
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