Former Green Beret Bert Kuntz
-- Bert completed three combat rotations to Iraq mostly working with the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Iraqi Counter-Terror Forces. I also completed several combat advisory trips to the Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines in addition to multiple annual trips throughout Asia working with our host nation counter-terror counterparts in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, Korea, and Indonesia.
Now - Bert is drawing upon his experience and expertise to train regular civilians as if they were going through realistic SpecOps training courses - an intense selection process to determine who can become a Special Operator
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment – HISTORY CHANNEL
The History Channel has unveiled an intense new show aimed at capturing the rigor, essence and experience of training to become a US Navy SEAL, Green Beret or Army Ranger.
Trained and combat tested Special Operators put “regular people” candidates through realistic, rigorous training – to see who “gets through it” and “who quits.”
----To learn more about the History Channel show - CLICK HERE----
Scout Warrior Connected with Bert About the Show - and Fighting as a Green Beret
1) Scout Warrior - What do you think is the hardest part for the participants?
Bert - I think the hardest part for these participants is the mental aspect of the process. Overall, I think it is far more difficult than the physical aspects, which are not easy by any means. These are civilians with zero military background and they're being thrown right in to 22 hour days of challenging events. They are essentially spending days on end completing a 22-hour endurance event each day. It's not just the average endurance event either. They are having their food, sleep, and comforts altered or taken away from them almost immediately. Mentally, it's a kick in the ass.
2) Scout Warrior - How true to actual training is it?
Bert - The training is very accurate for the events we cover, which is basic tasks that our uniformed service members would encounter anywhere from basic training into the respective special operations selection and indoctrination programs that the other five instructors and myself went through. For instance, the tear gas exercise that the participants went through in episode one is something every basic trainee goes through. However, the beach, boats, or interrogations are not. Those are encountered later on throughout special operations selection courses.
3) Scout Warrior - How does is call upon your own personal experience?
Bert - It resonates with some of my own personal experiences because I came in off the street following the events of September 11th, 2001. I was skinny and clueless as to what I was about to experience by enlisting in the military. I was 145 pounds soaking wet and had taken what the military does day in and day out for granted up to that point in my life. I very quickly realized that this kind of lifestyle and training is not for everyone. The biggest difference between my experiences and the participants is that they get to go home after "The Selection." After the actually military selection processes you don't go home. You go to a team. And if you're lucky, you go to war or conduct training around the world thousands of miles from your home in austere environments.
4) Scout Warrior - What does the show mean to you?
Bert - "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" is extremely important to me. This is an opportunity as combat veterans for us to take some civilians and attempt to make them into the best versions of themselves while hopefully giving them and the viewers at home a greater appreciation of what our military service members do for America. It also provides a chance for several combat veterans from different military branches and units to work together on a positive project, which doesn't happen often. Both the production company Film 45, which is owned and run by Peter Berg as well as HISTORY have done an incredible job at keeping this as real as possible and completely based on the instructors input.
5) Scout Warrior - What is your Special Operations background?
Bert - After completing Special Forces Selection and Assessment and getting selected I attended the Special Forces Qualification Course as an 18 Delta or Special Forces Medic. I was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan and later was extremely fortunate to be accepted into 1st Special Forces Group's Commander's In-extremis Force or CIF, which is a counter-terror unit dealing primarily with direct action and hostage rescue.
6) Scout Warrior - When/where did you deploy?
Bert - In my ten years of service, I completed three combat rotations to Iraq mostly working with the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Iraqi Counter-Terror Forces. I also completed several combat advisory trips to the Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines in addition to multiple annual trips throughout Asia working with our host nation counter-terror counterparts in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, Korea, and Indonesia.
From The HISTORY CHANNEL:
The series comes from Lone Survivor creator, Peter Berg, and places 30 men and women with no military background through an immersive, authentic experience led by veterans of the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers, while offering insight into the origins of these physical and mental challenges. Special Operations units around the globe devise extreme training and assessment exercises in order to find the best of the best. “The Selection: Special Operations Experiment” instructors employ tests such as tear gas, interrogation stimulation and psychological warfare, driving participants to push themselves to the limits of the human body and mind.