Joining the military to escape

Tammi grew up in a home where her parents were hoarders. She joined the military to escape that life. She wanted to get away from her hometown and start fresh and saw the Navy as her opportunity to make that happen. Because of her rush to leave she ended up joining undesignated and through the support of her leadership and a lot of hard work was able to become rated as a personnelist. Today she runs her own business to help others as they overcome challenges with organizing.

Joining the military to escape

Tammi was determined to use the military to escape the life she saw in front of her. She used this determination to graduate from boot camp and overcome challenges she faced in the military. She was assigned to a ship out of Guam. From Guam, she visited a number of different places while there. When she went to port she would try and explore each location. She even climbed Mount Fuji. Her longest trip was twenty days to Australia. The ship broke down in the middle of the ocean and took three days before they started moving again.

Being classified as undesignated meant she did whatever needed to be done. Her leadership wanted her to be rated before she left. She studied hard and became rated as a personalist. With her rating and her ship decommissioning she switch to shore duty but stayed at Guam. She worked in Personal and helped people with various aspects of their paperwork. There was a negative stigma toward military spouses and families and did her best to help those struggling. The empathy she felt helped her to do her job and was recognized as Sailor of the Quarter.

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Leaving the military

After her four-year tour, she decided to leave the military. Shortly before the end of her tour she got married and went from service member to military spouse and found the transition difficult. It also took a year before her disability paperwork came back. She was married for fifteen years but eventually got divorced.

When asked how she got reconnected with the veteran community. She recalled attending a women veteran conference in Seattle. There they talked about entrepreneurship and she learned about VWISE. That led to different opportunities and lead to the work she is doing today.

Connect with Tammi:

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Mentioned in this episode:

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Girl’s Guide to the Military

Related episodes:

An Unexpected End to a Navy Career – Episode 83

From the Navy to Entrepreneurship – Episode 27

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Tammi grew up in a home where her parents were hoarders. She joined the military to escape that life. She wanted to get away from her hometown and start fresh and saw the Navy as her opportunity to make that happen. Because of her rush to leave she ended up joining undesignated and through the support of her leadership and a lot of hard work was able to become rated as a personnelist. Today she runs her own business to help others as they overcome challenges with organizing.

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