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Sgt. Sandra Coast, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, aims her M16 rifle during the final days of her Basic Combat Training. The 51-year-old mother is one of the oldest Soldiers to have completed BCT. Image: army.mil

Army Sgt. Sandra Coast graduated from U.S. Army Basic Combat Training at the age of 51, finishing training with one of the highest physical fitness test scores in her company after having to lose 30 pounds just to qualify for basic training.

“I was impressed, because she can do everything the younger soldiers do,” Army 1st Sgt. John Byars said of Coast, according to the Armed Forced Press Service (AFPS). “She never expected us to feel sorry for her. She even got one of the highest Army physical fitness test scores in the company. She is a prime example that age is just a number. She ran faster than soldiers young enough to be her kids.”

Coast served in the Navy from 1982 to 1993, so she was allowed to enter military service at her age, whereas most civilians would not be eligible. “Everybody in the world thinks I am a total nutcase,” she told AFPS. “I just want to support our troops. I love all of them.”

Read more about her at 51-year-old mom holds her own during Basic Combat Training.

Source: Joel Gehrke for The Examiner Washington

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