Improvise, Adapt, Overcome: Offbeat Facts About Bear Grylls

He Has A Military Background

Army Background

After graduating from college, Bear spent some time hiking in the Himalayan mountains. He then joined the British Army with 21 Special Air Service (SAS) as a trooper trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, survival, climbing, parachuting, and explosives.

He served from 1994 to 1997 and eventually became a survival trainer where he was stationed in North Africa, twice. In 2004, he was awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve and again in 2015, the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve.