Did You Know That Bear Grylls Wanted To Join The Indian Army After He Left School?

From 1994 to 1997, he also served in the United Kingdom Special Forces Reserve!

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There are millions of rumours about this crazy adventurist and also some stark realities which makes him kind of  a superhuman on this planet but this is one of the wildest known facts about him. After leaving school, Grylls considered joining the Indian Army and spent a few months hiking in the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim and West Bengal.

From 1994 to 1997, he served in the United Kingdom Special Forces Reserve, with 21 Regiment Special Air Service, 21 SAS(R), as a trooper, survival instructor and Patrol Medic trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, combat survival, medics, parachuting, signals, evasive driving, climbing and explosives. He served in North Africa twice.

His service in the SAS ended in 1997 as a result of a free fall parachuting accident he had suffered the previous year in Kenya. His canopy ripped at 1600 feet (500 m), partially opening, causing him to fall and land on his parachute pack on his back, which partially crushed three vertebrae.

Grylls later said of the accident, "I should have cut the main parachute and gone to the reserve but thought there was time to resolve the problem". Grylls spent the next 18 months in and out of military rehabilitation at Headley Court before being discharged and directing his efforts into trying to get well enough to fulfill his childhood dream of climbing Mount Everest.

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In 2004, Grylls was previously awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve and in 2013 he was awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve.

Kanveesh Kawal, another adventure tourist on Quora said:

He wanted to join the Indian Army (IA) just for the sheer adventure of living here. But even if he really wanted to he would not have been able to join the IA as the IA accepts candidates who are either citizens of India or subjects of Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan.

He has since then tried to realize this dream in other ways and climbing the highest peak in Himalayas is the closest he has been!

On 16 May 1998, Grylls achieved his childhood dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in a parachuting accident. At 23, he was at the time among the youngest people to have achieved this feat.. To prepare for climbing at such high altitudes in the Himalayas in 1997, Grylls became the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam, a peak once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "unclimbable".

Happy birthday to the star of Man Vs Wild man, Bear Grylls!

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