Changing the lives of 5 ordinary Indians

Nat Geo ‘Mission Army – Desh ke Rakshak’

Television reality shows in India are in for more competition. Geographic Channel is all set to give its viewers unprecedented access into the most prestigious and revered institution of the country – The Indian Army.

In a country with stiff job competition, Indian Army is a sought-after employer, and is the world’s second largest army.

The new programme “Nat Geo Mission Army – Desh ke Rakshak” will track the lives of five ordinary Indians who have surpassed grilling tests of physical endurance and mental toughness to win the honour of stepping into the shoes of an Indian Army soldier.

But only one will emerge as a true hero and will win the honour of being a part of an Indian Army Training mission abroad. The programme goes on air on National Geographic Channel at 10pm on Monday 28 of February.

Indian army reality showThe five finalists of the series have surpassed physical and mental tests akin to the actual Army standards during the auditions across Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi.

These auditions saw 30,000 participants from different corners of the country come together to win a chance of being a part of this mega reality show. The selected few were further shortlisted based on army medical benchmarks and tests which were conducted in New Delhi.

The final five will undergo a training capsule at the prestigious Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. They will complete assignments at key Indian Army establishments in Belgaum, Nasik, Srinagar, Agra, Ahmednagar and Deolali.

Besides this, the candidates will also be experiencing the grilling regimental routines from the snow peaks of Srinagar to the deserts of Rajasthan. The candidates will be trained and evaluated by combat experts of the Indian Army.

“We have worked closely with the Indian army for our biggest Mission ever and will take our viewers into the second largest army of the world – The Indian Army,” says Keertan Adyanthaya, Managing Director, Fox International Channel and National Geographic Network India.

“I firmly believe that in the age of scripted reality shows, a docu-reality programme like Mission Army will attract millions of people from different age groups across the country. This programme will encourage brave young men & women to join the Indian Army.”

You can interact with the contestants and Army personnel on the Mission Army Facebook page.

Programme highlights

  • Each week, five candidates will be in a new location and establishment from Chennai to Siachen
  • They will be trained and tasked at each of these places and evaluated by the Army
  • Only one amongst the five will win the honor of being a part of an Indian Army Training Team abroad.
  • The selection procedure included physical test, psychological test followed by final round of Interview with the Army personnel
  • Targeting candidates above the age of 18 years


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