A video of the moment a female army captain completes a torturous 12-mile expert field test has ensured she is getting the appreciation she deserves.
Capt. Sarah Cudd, an army veterinarian, was among the 46 candidates who tried to achieve the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge at Fort Dix in New Jersey last month. It is one of the most difficult decorations to earn.
The course has been described as “the second-hardest badge in the Army to get outside of the Infantry Expert Badge”. It ends with a 12-mile march that must be completed within three hours.
According to Task & Purpose, the success rate is just 17 percent. The video of Capt. Cudd completing the course shows her struggling past the finishing line, with 13 minutes to spare.
An exhausted Cudd is seen stumbling over several times as she approaches the finish line.
At one point, she falls to the ground and it seems as though she will not get up. But using her gun to push herself up, the soldier continues marching.
As she finally passes over the finishing line, Cudd collapses to the ground, as her peers cheer her on.
The video was published on YouTube by School Expert Field Medical Badge Program Manager Lloyd A. Manson on April 29 and immediately went viral.
1. Sarah Cudd was one of 46 candidates who last month attempted to achieve the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge — one of the toughest decorations to earn — at Fort Dix in New Jersey. This is her at the finish line.
2. The video, which quickly went viral, shows Cudd stumbling and falling over as she nears the end.
3. At one point, seen here, it doesn’t appear that Cudd will get back on her feet after toppling over.
4. But Cudd gets right back on her feet, using her weapon to help herself up.
5. This is the moment Cudd powers through to the finish line.
6. Cudd, who had to complete the 12-mile course in under three hours in order to get her badge, finished at 2 hours 46 minutes.
Source: Task & Purpose.
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