The few of the few – A female Sergeant Major

What is it like to be a female Sergeant Major in the Marine Corps? Check out this week’s episode of the Women of the Military podcast with retired Sergeant Major Robin Fortner. She served in the Marine Corps for thirty years, enlisting the summer before Desert Storm kicked off. We talked about how the experience […]

Hear Iraq War Stories from a female combat veteran

Most often when Iraq War stories are told they are from a male veteran’s perspective. In Jennifer’s book, Calmed she writes not only her story but includes her husband’s perspective of what being deployed together was like. When Jennifer put on her brother’s Marine Corps uniform she stood a little taller. It inspired her to […]

Air Force Public Affairs Officer Experience

Air Force Public Affairs Officer Experience

Sometimes the path to a military career isn’t straightforward. And that is what happened in Elizabeth’s journey to becoming an Air Force Public Affairs Officer. Elizabeth had dreams that began when she was young watching her dad fly in the Air Force. She applied to the Air Force Academy but didn’t get in and instead […]

Women Veterans United – Uniting women

Anna Maria is running an organization to help fight for change for women veterans. She wants to build a community for women when they leave the service and created Women Veterans United. She shared her experience of serving in the Australian Army on this week’s interview of the Women of the Military podcast and talked […]

Ripple Effects of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Ripple Effects of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Lorraine wanted to escape her hometown and saw the military as an option. Even though she was a member of the LGBQT+ community and knew Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was a regulation in place she determined she still wanted to serve. Don’t ask, don’t tell was repealed on September 20, 2011, less than a year […]

Transitioning out of the military: Without regrets

Transitioning out of the military: Without regrets

Transitioning out of the military: Without regrets by Cynthia Cline My Air Force career, 7 years in the making, was completely finished in a matter of minutes. I turned in my completed military separation checklists, signed a few papers, and walked out of the office officially on terminal leave.  I expected a weight to be […]

Postpartum Depression in the Military

Postpartum Depression in the Military

Rachal “Featherstone” Featherston is a non-binary Army veteran who served under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell from 2008 to 2010. They talk about their experience in the Army as a Military Police Officer and their transition out of the military to what she is doing today. They suffered postpartum depression after the birth of their first […]

Military Transition Experience – Looking back

Military Transition Experience – Looking back

Have you ever seen one of those cartoons where a character thinks they’re all set to head out toward a shimmering oasis of palm trees and gorgeous water and then it flashes forward to them discovering they were actually heading toward a mirage and now they’re stuck in a barren wasteland with no water or […]

Civil Engineering in the Air Force

Civil Engineering in the Air Force

Civil Engineering in the Air Force is a great career field. The hands-on opportunities that AF Civil Engineers find themselves can lead to a great career in the military or open doors to your future after you leave military service behind. Kristina Selstrom is sharing her experience in Civil Engineering in the Air Force this […]

Diving into Military Culture

Diving into Military Culture

What can we learn about military culture from a cult survivor? Check out Daniella Mestyanek Young’s experience of growing up in a cult, bootstrapping her way through high school and college, serving in the military, and now the work she does around diving deep into the culture. Her book Uncultured being released in Fall 2022 […]