What are the pros and cons of being a woman in the military? Check out the real-life stories of military women on the Women of the Military podcast. In this episode, I have pulled pieces of advice from some of the last 137 episodes with women sharing the advice they would give to young women considering military service. This is the second round-up advice so check out episode 100 to see even more advice from military women.
Pros and Cons of being a woman in the military
Tiye Young Episode 4 – 2:48
Do it now, do it right now. And if you want to show that you can be a better person, that you can support your country or your state, do it now! The more you wait, the more you prolong your goals.
This is a tough one. I mean, in general, I tell people, girl or boy know that there’s a possibility I’ll get deployed. I mean, people join and they’re like, you know, doing it for the glory doing it for school money. And for some reason, even in this day and age, they don’t think they’re going to get deployed
Dina Farmer Episode 10 – 5:16
I was going in, I told you that I was in a rush to get in. Ultimately, the reason I retrained to bio is because I wasn’t happy and calm, whatever you do, don’t rush to come into the military. Like, if there’s a specific job that you want, I would definitely make that known to your recruiter because I was in a big rush. And then ultimately out, I wasn’t really happy with what I got.
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I think is something that if you truly feel is in your heart to do, you should do it. But I highly recommend timing a plan, once you join, there’s going to be a point where you know, okay, this is what I want to do for you know, the rest of the time, I’m going to do my twenty years, or there’s a point where you’re like, no way, I can’t do this anymore, I need to get out. So having a plan is essential to that I didn’t do my schooling while I was in. And I should have because while you’re in, you can utilize tuition assistance instead of your GI Bill.
If you want to do it, do it. There are no limits. We’ve constantly talked about our societal roles. and nice to say that’s harsh, harsh. If you want to join the military, do it, there are so many opportunities, you’ll find a sense of empowerment, you will come out of your basic training, realizing how strong and versatile you are.
Olivia Nunn Episode 32 – 9:24
The opportunity to do well in the Army today is far more than the opportunities that I had or my predecessors had in 2016 to D open up all career fields, right. There’s nothing in the army that a woman cannot do. You want to be in artillery, you got an want to go be a tanker, you’ve got that you want to be a ranger that is open to you. So I think that is a really cool opportunity to be able to capitalize on that your gender is not going to stop you from achieving what you want. But you have to put in that hard work.
Sherry Eifler Episode 37 – 11:29
It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to grow into who they are, and to gain skills and confidence in their life journey. I really think the military is a unique way of just pushing you professionally, emotionally, physically, and personally. It really helps you rise to the challenge and it opens your eyes to a wider worldview.
Jaime Chapman Episode 44 – 12:25
don’t do what I did. This coming from the gal who walked into the lot in Fort Sill Oklahoma mall and enlisted. No. But on a more serious note coming from a career person just as with any career, the military is not going to be for everyone. So no, I loved it when I first enlisted and went through a bad situation. And that’s ultimately what kept me from thriving. Some people enlist in the military and they never thrive because it wasn’t right for them in the first place. Research the military. Research this life, talk to people who were a part of it, and research the jobs. I enlisted as a petroleum supply specialist, which couldn’t be the most wrong job ever on the whole entire Big Planet.
Maureen Elias Episode 53 – 14:51
My advice would be to go about it very thoughtfully. There are inherent risks that you take when joining the military as a woman. And I’d be lying if I didn’t address that and If you’re choosing on having a family soon, you know, having a family while on active service poses some challenges. They’re not quite completely prepared for women in the military having families. It can happen, you can make it work. But it’s just something to think about, you know, if that’s your dream, are you going to be able to leave that child for a nine-month deployment, you know, are you going to be able to leave that job with your parents, if both you and your spouse are in the military and deployed, however, the opportunities for growth and development that you get from serving in the military, you might never have in the civilian world
Trina Martin Episode 66 – 17:04
I would say do it. And I say that because not only have I met people, I have traveled the world I have been everywhere. But it also may it defied my character. I think if I had joined the military as that young, naive nineteen-year-old who recruiter sucker, I don’t think I would be where I am today or be the person that I am today.
Go for it. Make sure you do enough research. Do enough research to know if you’re right for the Air Force. If you’re right for the Coast Guard. If you’re right to go in the Army. Which [branch] offers you what will work for you. I’ll say this about the Army is there’s something there for everyone. If you want to be a cook, want to be a chef go in the Army, and they’ll send you to an advanced school and at some of the work with some of the best chefs in the nation.
Jennifer Pacanowski Episode 73 – 19:04
I can just speak to the truth of what I already do when I’m approached by a woman that wants to join the military and I just give her all the truth that I can because when I joined in when many of us join we get the recruiter golden ticket they promise you everything even if you’re like me and was thorough and got it in your contract, they breached the contract. rape in the military or the civilian culture happens all the time to women there is that do you want to roll the dice? Do you want to see if it’s going to happen to you? Or do you want to try to find another path and then also I discussed with them very clearly when you join the military you give up all of your work rights and you are property you are government-issued and if you’re okay with that, if you’re really okay with that, then I would say move forward
Ben Killoy Episode 79 -20:16
I think there’s one thing that when you think of anybody joining the military, I would really look at who do you want to be on the other side. And so a lot of these ties to my transition advice that I have to give like people that transition out like, Oh, this is my I’m going through a transition I’m getting out of the military, but people never really look at the first transition getting out is actually the second transition is when you first became part of the military, that was your first transition, and you had goals and objectives, you had dreams, and you had something you wanted to get out of that military service. And I would challenge you to really go understand what those moments going to be when you transition into a military branch. Because you want to understand we want this to we want what do you want this vehicle to help you transform into? What do you hope to come out of it?
Jodie Grenier Episode 91 – 22:17
I would say, get the easy stuff out of the way first. Like your physical fitness, don’t let anyone question that. If you’re strong in your physical fitness that buys you credibility elsewhere. So make sure that you’re up to snuff in terms of your physical fitness. Take some advice from great stoics you know, don’t take anything emotional, and people will attack your label or your role before they actually know you.
Hana Romer – Episode 94 – 23:17
If you made it through boot camp, and you’re there, you’re worthy of being there, and you’re no less than the guys that are there. And you don’t have to do anything more or extra to prove yourself to them unless they’re doing something more in extra to prove themselves to you, which is rarely the case when it comes to work. You are equally as deserving and worthy to be there and just as badass as everybody else who has made it through that training. And so I would say just be you and do your job.
Janell Hanf Episode 99 – 23:45
I would say go for it. I have a little story I want to share here because one of the things that I got to do last year was run the Camp Pendleton Mud Run. And it was the first time that I’d run that 10k course since I was in high school. So I had this really cool bookend experience. Wow, the last time I was on these trails, everything about the Marine Corps was still a hope it was still a future. And then last year, I got to run it with a team of my Marines. Running through the course as a team. Just reflecting on that at the end of the day. It was like, you know, the Marine Corps was what I wanted it to be for me. I got to do the things that I really wanted to do.
Corinne Devin Episode 103 – 25:47
Know your why. What is your reason that you want to join the military? Is it to get your education paid for it? Is it to be part of something bigger than yourself? Know that goal. And I want you to write it down and have it on a post-it note. Look at your mirror every day, or maybe it’s a vision board. It’s certain words where it’s challenged, conviction, capturing extraordinary. Have that so that when you have the good days, and also when you have the rough days. You have that thing to push you because I will be honest, the military will use you. But guess what it is your goddamn right to use them as well.
Sarah Maples Episode 111 – 26:50
I would say it’s going to be the best times and the worst of times. You’re going to do things that are great. You’re going to do things that aren’t great. But if I had to look back at my adult life and put my finger on the one thing that’s had the biggest impact on shaping it. It would be the military. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything. No matter what happened or even deployments, Afghanistan, all of it together is the most exhilarating and exciting. It showed me so much about how much I am capable of and introduced me to the most amazing women ever in my life
Allie Braza Episode 116 – 27:41
Do it, definitely go and join the military, it will change your life, for sure. But I would say always, always maintain your moral high ground, there’s going to be a lot of temptations out there. And as long as you maintain your moral high ground, you’ll do great. The second one is to stay authentic to yourself. Don’t change yourself for anybody. And the third one would probably be if you see something, say something, I know that that sounds so cliche, but if you see someone getting assaulted, or if you see behaviors that just don’t seem right, say something, say something, say something because it could really it changed the course of my career.
I would tell them to do it. You never know until you try it. And I would tell all young women who are looking at joining the military, I would not try to sway you to do a certain job or join a certain branch. Because at the end of the day, it’s all the US military. So I would challenge them to do their research to find the branch and the job that fits what their desires and goals are because their needs can be met in all of the branches.
Carol Eggert Episode 128 – 29:26
I will always speak to women about you know their next steps and their choices. When it comes to the military. I think the advice is very similar to what I’d give any woman considering anything college, job, etc. is do your research. Don’t go off unprepared. Understand what you’re getting into and go in with knowledge. Talk to people like you read your book, understand why you’re doing it because, Amanda, you know it’s challenging. Basic training is challenging.
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