Families gathered at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., February 16 to cheer on their new soldiers. The average age of a Basic Combat Training graduate is 23 years old. Sandra Coast is a little past that.
"You do the same thing day after day, and you just think there has to be more to life than this," said Coast.
She served in the Navy for more than a decade. As a single mother, she quit to raise her son, Jeff, who's a Marine.
"I thought it was crazy. I didn't think she was serious," said Jeff.
Seeing her son in uniform inspired Coast, who lives in Ohio, to go back to the armed forces at the age of 51.
"Did your age make you nervous?" a reporter asked.
"Extremely; I really didn't think they would take me. With my age, I didn't think I stood a chance. But I walked into the Army recruit office. They called my bluff and here I am," said Coast.
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