A 56-year-old Metchosin grandmother has become the oldest reservist to graduate from basic training with the Canadian Forces, beating 20-somethings in the gruelling training process.
She was sworn in Feb. 3 and joined HMCS Malahat, a Victoria-based reserve division. In June, she started her nine-week training course at CFB Borden, training during a heatwave in southern Ontario in temperatures of nearly 50 C.
Geez. And to think that I griped about Fort Leonard Wood.
She was one of only three people over 25 in the training camp. Five in their early 20s threw in the towel, but Dompierre was determined to keep going.
But this is the point where I cringed:
Dompierre scored high enough on her physical test 137 when she needed a 75 that she’s exempt from the test next year.
My evidently-feeble 18-year-old self passed such a test by a margin of, um, eleven points. I am told that female troops are cut a smidgen of slack in the test, but I’m still impressed.
And this is the point where I salute:
“I’ve been a military mom and wife for 15 years, so I’ve always been very proud of the military. So now it’s my turn.”