Next Bachelor is a navy medical officer

Andy Baldwin, a 30-year-old “undersea medical officer for a special operations dive unit stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii” in the Navy is the star of The Bachelor 10.

In a press release, ABC says his edition of the series will air next spring, and spends almost 500 words bragging about his accomplishments, as if to say, this one is not a loser! Baldwin (pictures of him) is a triathlete and “was valedictorian in high school and a competitive swimmer who made All-American; he was even named ESPNs National Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1995.” We go back to his childhood to learn that he had not one, not two, but three! jobs as a teenager: “paper boy, lifeguard and his own lawn mowing business.”

As a result, Baldwin “saved $25,000 for college before graduating high school, when the Navy offered him a full ROTC scholarship. He took it and went to Duke University, where he was a varsity letter winner on the mens swim team and began training for marathons, all while taking a pre-med course load and earning a degree in biology, with a concentration in genetics. After graduating Duke with honors, he enrolled in the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, and was a surgical intern at Naval Hospital San Diego.”

Hating him yet? Okay, he went “on to compete internationally in numerous Ironman, Half-Ironman and other triathlons and marathons, often ranking among the top 5 finishers in his age group.” Later, he “established a fund to raise money for pancreatic cancer research, and has raised over $20,000 to date,” and then earlier this year “he was asked to serve as group surgeon for a team of 50 military personnel headed to Laos. … to take care of the medical needs of his team and to treat Laotian villagers in need of medical attention.”

As if his resume didn’t make a strong enough case, ABC notes that he has a “good-natured personality, stunning good looks and self-deprecating sense of humor,” and is also “an unabashed romantic, has watched the series and believes that the show can help find him the woman who could become his wife.”

But the real question is, why the hell does someone like this need a reality show to find a partner? There must be something wrong with him.

ABC’s New ‘Bachelor’ is Truly an Officer And Gentleman, Not to Mention a Doctor and a World Class Triathlete [ABC press release]

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.