I announced this on my personal facebook page before leaving on vacation, but figured if anyone missed it I would also post it here on my blog. I joined the United States Navy! As of June 7, 2016 I was sworn in. This decision wasn’t made lightly; Philip and I spent a lot of time in prayer and researching. We are very excited for next spring when I head to basic, and start this next chapter in our life. We appreciate all the love and support from our friends and family.
In the meantime we are focusing on spending time together and enjoying life as it is.
I’ve had a lot of questions asked lately, so I’ll go through some of them here.
Will you have to move? Yes, basic training is in Great Lakes, Illinois. A & C school are in Dam Neck, Virginia.
Will Philip move with you? No. Not right away.
How long is boot camp? Basic Training is 8 weeks. A & C school combined are roughly 18-26 weeks.
Will you be deployed? Possibly. There is always a chance. What will you do in the Navy? I will be an Intelligence Specialist. Generally analyzing intel and helping the Navy decide what is useful and what isn’t. Briefing and debriefing based on the information we gather.
I thought you wanted to be a nurse/go to school, not anymore? Yes, I do want to further my education! Definitely one of my goals. I believe I can accomplish two of my life goals of serving my country and furthering my education through this decision.
How long do you have to be in the Navy? I signed for 8 years. Initial commitment for 6 years active duty and an additional 2 years inactive. Potentially longer depending on where God leads us.
Is Philip joining the Military also? No.
Are you Enlisted or Officer? I am enlisted. I hope to further my education and rank up.
Why did you decide to join the military? Easy. To serve my country. The structure and lifestyle appeal to me and I feel they may fit my personality well. Also the great benefits are a huge motivator and I like traveling.
That’s all for now. 🙂