The Rookies and the Veterans meet TJ on the beach, where they see a giant maze of ropes and poles making up "Blind Man's Maze." The first team to get all their teammates across that finish line wins.
The Rookies have four less players than the Veterans, and, as a result, they will end up with a severe advantage in this challenge.
The wheel contains six sections, one for each Gauntlet game and one for 'spin again'. Lavin explains to each team that all team members must cross the finish line to win the Army Strong Final Challenge.
After Tyrie's unexpected departure from The Gauntlet III, the Rookies are down several people, and they aren't even halfway through the challenges!
Prior to the challenge, it is announced whether males or females will compete in the Gauntlet following the challenge.
After each team challenge, on a male Gauntlet day, the winning team selects a male member of the losing team to protect from the Gauntlet and another male member to send into the Gauntlet.
The season was filmed in Riviera Nayarita, Mexico, with former cast members from The Real World and Road Rules competing, along with several cast members from the Fresh Meat challenge.
This season was in the format of two teams: Veterans vs. The contestants on the Veterans team had been on at least two prior seasons of the Challenge, and the contestants on the Rookies team had been on fewer than two prior seasons.