In its ongoing pursuit of programs with a military theme, the History Channel served up the weekly, half-hour series Basic Training. Shot in and around Fort Jackson, SC, the series chronicled in vivid, grueling detail the 65-day training period of six Army volunteers (four men, two women). It is stated at the series' outset that only one out of every ten trainees ever graduates to full soldier status: Did the sextet depicted herein have "what it takes?" Timed to premiere just before the first anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy, Basic Training debuted on August 4, 2002.
Mykel Hawke is a former Special Forces survival expert. His wife Ruth is a television journalist. Together, they take on some of the most forbidding and remote locations around the world. Dropped into each spot, they must survive as a team for four days and nights, with only a knife and the clothes on their backs. As they test their will and their marriage, the two find common ground standing up to nature as husband and wife in the wildest places on Earth.
2010TVPGDocumentary, Reality, Action & Adventure, Other