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How bad do you want it? Army Public Health Command Captain Sarah Cudd wanted it so bad. She was only one of 46 candidates who earned the Expert Field Medical Badge in Fort Dix, New Jersey on April 27. This is Captain Cudd's final seconds in the Forced Road March, a 12-mile journey that must be accomplished within three hours with a 35 lb sack. This is just one of a dozen critical performance areas, and she powered through with some encouragement at the end. Bravo, Captain!


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The video was taken April 27 at Fort Dix in New Jersey, according to the description written by fellow soldier Capt. Lloyd Mason. As part of the last test to earn the badge, candidates had to complete the 12-mile trek in three hours carrying a 35-pound rucksack and 5-pound weapon.

Cudd of Tomball, Texas, who has been in the Army for five years, explained to ABC News that in the last minute of the march she was "super exhausted and having trouble standing up straight."

"I was thinking about the 10 days of training I'd gone through and how hard we'd all worked to get here and thinking about going home to see my husband," Cudd said. "That combined with all the encouragement I was getting from my friends and cadre was what got me up and over the finish line."

After stumbling just yards away from the finish line, her colleagues cheered her on until she completed the test under two hours and 47 minutes. Of the 46 who earned the badge that day, there were 14 women.

"Relief was the only thing I felt after I was done," she said. "Relief and gratitude to all those who were supporting me and willing me to the finish line."

Now, Cudd works at the veterinary treatment facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, east of Dayton, Ohio, according to the Public Health Command spokeswoman.

Cudd said she was surprised by the viral attention that the video has received.

"To me at the end of the ruck march I was about five feet from failure and I was just grateful to get over the finish line and earn the badge," Cudd said. "To everyone else, the march was a huge success and an inspiration to many.

“I am honored and frankly humbled to be able to inspire others and proud to be serving my country to the best of my ability."
 
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