Cheryl Pearce - Resolve to succeed

Running time
1 min 8 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


We had physical training tests that if you didn't pass, you didn't get a leave pass. And we had a couple of females who couldn't do heaves, and struggled to do just dead heaves, and left after really never having left the base.

And so there was this perception that we were going to weaken the whole course, and that we weren't going to be able to succeed. And for us, it was just individually and collectively to have that lead of determination, to get through and pave the way for the next group, and the next group.

Could be my naivety or my own grit determination, but it really gave me the resolve to wanting to continue to serve. And probably, the next decade really was about doing things in spite of. I will succeed in spite of the way that I was treated, and I will never treat someone like the way I was treated.

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