Servicemembers allowed to compete in special Fear Factor

The Department of Defense will permit servicemembers to appear in a special edition of Fear Factor. But they can’t wear their uniforms and must take a leave of absence in order to consume horse anuses or whatever other fun things the show has in store for them.

The show has been actively seeking couples that consist of active-duty servicemembers. “Over three weeks in November, NBC producers plan to tape a show on the decommissioned USS Hornet in Oakland, Calif., featuring servicemembers who have downrange experience,” Stars & Stripes reports. If they’re selected, “military members have to take leave to participate, cannot wear uniforms during taping and can’t invite NBC cameras onto U.S. installations.”

The permission to participate comes as part of a Department of Defense document titled “Participation In and Support Of Television Game Shows and Reality Programs,” and it “states that servicemembers are allowed to appear on non-DOD-sanctioned reality shows, but not as official representatives of the military,” Stars & Stripes reports.

DOD: ‘Fear Factor’ appearances OK, but not sanctioned [Stars and Stripes via TVTattle]
Military Fear Factor [NBC]

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