joel lambert, an american navy seal and veteran of the wars in afghanistan and kosovo, presented a documentary series for the discovery channel. He is the star of the Discovery Channel TV show Lone Target. the show is recognized as the most adult “hide and seek” game ever made. also known as a manhunt for viewers outside of the united states.
The Lone Target is a tough competition adventure that pits 10-year Navy Seal veteran Joel Lambert against Army Special Operations Forces and elite law enforcement surveillance teams.
the idea behind lone target pits joel lambert and his sere (survival, evasion, resistance, escape) skills against some of the best military tracking units in the world, including units on every continent , including Maori warriors. in new zealand and the united states army ghost reconnaissance unit in the arizona deserts.
“sere [survival, evasion, resistance, escape] was something I enjoyed as a navy seal,” says lambert. “Field ships, heavy weapons and explosives were the kinds of things I gravitated toward and trained a lot on,” he added.
teams participating in the program also include the straz graniczna border guard in poland and many others. The South African International Anti-Poaching Foundation, Philippine Army Scout Rangers, an elite Panamanian anti-drug force, and a South Korean National Police SWAT unit also participated in the competition.
The game begins as former Navy SEAL Joel Lambert finds himself in unknown and dangerous terrain with a basic survival kit and water. Over time, he uses various diversionary tactics and attempts to evade capture by each of these elite forces for 48 hours. The show’s Lonely Target has been broadcast in 224 countries on the Discovery Channel under the title Manhunt since February 2014. So, as you can imagine, there was a lot of national pride at stake for these teams they hunted down.
joel lambert is a combat veteran of the united states navy seal teams where, among many other things, he became proficient in basic and advanced servicing skills (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) , urban evasion, field techniques, tracking. , counter-tracking, booby traps and all the rest of the tricks and techniques he uses to evade capture on his discovery channel show titled lone target in the us and manhunt in the rest of the world.
former navy seal joel lambert became a specialist at blending into his environment throughout his years of service. he is known as the man who survived a mission that sounded almost as harrowing. he fought against impossible odds when Taliban forces on a clandestine mission caught up with him. Compared to that, he seems like a piece of cake.
joel lambert’s success rate in evading capture
Many of the countries he has been to failed to capture him even though they had everything at their disposal, from drones, sniffer dogs, satellite images, cctvs, etc. One of the few countries he couldn’t escape from is the Philippines. Philippine Army scout rangers caught him using no technology except his truck and his boots. only 99% hunting and tracking skills in the jungle.
joel lambert was caught three times out of six in the first season and only once in the second.
“It’s a very difficult thing, especially to do it during the day so we can shoot and I have a cameraman with me,” he says. “all the things that are necessary to make the show harm me, not the strength of the hunter. At first, I thought it was unfair, but the more I thought about it, I was like, ‘You know what? he makes it even better because when I run away because then I really managed something.'”
the idea behind the solitary goal
“I had a background in commercials,” Lambert says. “I never thought this would be a part of my life again. a friend said he was putting on a show, looking for special ops guys with experience in tracking and survival. I went out and saw that they had guys from the [British] Special Air Service, reconnaissance marines, all these guys with specific skill sets. I thought, okay; maybe this is more than a guy trying to cobble together a pilot.”
I was right. “lone target” is a hit for the discovery channel. And what Lambert did next would change his life.