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September 14, 2018

Soldiers scream at female captain who collapsed on the ground but she doesn't give up

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Captain Sarah Cudd, a US army veterinarian, was finishing the 12-mile walk that was part of a difficult field test when she collapsed, but she found the strength to cross the finish line thanks to the cheers of her peers.

In 2015, 29-year-old Captain Cudd, became one of only 46 candidates to obtain the Expert Field Medical Badge, considered one of the hardest decorations to earn, according to Daily Mail.

The impressive achievement took no little effort on Cudd’s part, as the video of one of the most physically demanding tests she had to pass, the 12-Mile Foot March, proved.  The 1-minute-long clip has since become viral on YouTube.

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The footage was originally shared by Captain Lloyd Mason on his Facebook page on April 28, 2015. Mason was the program manager for the EFMB course at Fort Dix, New Jersey, at the tie, as Task & Purpose reported.

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In the video, Cudd can be seen in full military gear, including a heavy backpack and a weapon, struggling to reach the finish line after an exhausting walk, before collapsing only a few feet away from it. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa

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As Cudd told ABC, she was “five feet from failure,” but the test’s supervisors and her military partners kept screaming at her, giving her the support she needed to overcome the tough trial.

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"When I fell the second time and could look up and see the finish line, that was really good motivation to get up."

Captain Sarah Cudd, ABC News, May 6, 2015.

By the time when Cudd’s remarkable achievement went viral, there was a heated debate going on regarding women in combat, and her success in obtaining such a difficult badge became a proof that female officers can handle great physical demands.

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A year after Cudd’s video started to be viewed and shared by millions of people, Captain Kristen Griest made history when she became the US first female army infantry officer, paving the way for many others to follow her example.

27-year-old Griest graduated at the top of her class in 2015. “I came here to be a better leader and improve myself, and I feel like I did that,” she said in a meeting with the media.

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