This is what Army Strong means: the dedication to completing the mission and adhering to the toughest of standards.
The video shows US Army Captain Sarah Cudd, who was finishing the grueling final 12-mile road march for her Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB).
As the Washington Post reports, “In the closing moments of a grueling 12-mile road march, Army Capt. Sarah Cudd fell to her knees. She was exhausted, bowed over by the heavy pack on her back and seemingly unable to continue. The soldier continued on, however. Using her rifle to prop herself up, she stumbled to her feet and made it another nine steps before falling again. Other soldiers gathered around her, cheering her on. She rose again, and gritted it out another 50 feet or so until she made it across the finish line while her colleagues erupted in excitement. Cudd serves with Army Public Health Command at Fort Knox, Ky. The march was the last event required to earn the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge, a decoration awarded to those who pass a rigorous battery of tests for medical professionals in the Army. Less than 25 percent of those who attempt the required course typically pass.”
The time standard for this event is less than 2 hours 59 minutes, 59 seeconds – I know because I had to do the same for Air Assault School.
We don’t change standards. We train the Soldier to meet and exceed the standards!
U.S. Army Captain Sarah Cudd is Army Strong and a proud member of the Army Team. I would be honored to have her treat me on the battlefield any day. Press on Soldier, Steadfast and Loyal!