The Female Veterans Podcast was created as a platform to raise awareness of the unique issues that face female heroes who serve and allow their diverse stories to be heard. Each episode features a "girl talk" style, real conversation. We document what it was like to serve, the transition out of active duty service, life as a veteran and how to make civilian life successful. The goal is to help other women by sharing our experiences - good or bad. This podcast is the first production of Magnum Opus Multimedia LLC. Our mission is to share female veteran stories and serve the community.
An Empowered Voice: Raw Reflections of A Female Veteran -Rachel Oswalt's Story
In this episode of best podcast 2023, The Female Veterans Podcast, I am joined by fellow podcast host (Your Story Doesn't End Here) and Navy shipmate Rachel Oswalt. She shares her experience of joining the Navy and undergoing bootcamp. She addresses concerns like the lack of challenging curriculum, inadequate leadership, and the impact on mental health. The discussion underscores the repercussions of lowering military standards and emphasizes the significance of supportive leadership and mental health awareness. We share our insights as female veterans of the US Navy. In this episode of The Female Veterans Podcast, we delve into our expectations, disappointments, and the experiences that Rachel had that led to her choosing to end her military career. She gets candid about the assault she experienced and how she was victim shamed. We also discuss her transition out and how she came to create her podcast “Your Story Doesn’t End Here.”
The changing requirements and standards for entering the military and the challenges of recruiting new generations.
Personal encounters with instructors who couldn't provide accurate information, highlighting issues in training and leadership.
Discussion about negative experiences during deployments in Bahrain and Japan, shedding light on the need for improved leadership and support systems.
Emphasis on prioritizing and effectively teaching leadership principles within the military environment.
A veteran's decision to leave the Navy in pursuit of motherhood and a career aligned with personal values.
The importance of better leadership, inclusivity, and support for fostering a healthy military environment.
The Navy's current challenges in recruiting and adapting to new generations, influencing changes in the bootcamp experience.
Potential risks associated with lowering requirements, including compromising national security by admitting individuals who wouldn't have qualified previously.
Struggles with limited mental health support and accommodations during difficult times.
The persisting issues of poor leadership and mistreatment across different military eras and branches.
The far-reaching effects of inadequate leadership training, contributing to toxic environments and mental health struggles among military personnel.
Challenges of transitioning into civilian life, including difficulties in finding suitable employment due to inadequate recognition of military training.
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• "But you know, the things women deal with in pregnancy that are... taboo and they're not talked about."
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• "The podcast was very therapeutic in a way, but also it was something for me to do."
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• "I started the podcast knowing that it's not perfect, but I'm just gonna start."
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• "The transition out of the military directly impacts the mental health of service members and vets."
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• "You matter more than anyone else in this entire universe because you are all you'll ever have."
Join us in gaining valuable insights into the experiences of these incredible women veterans as they discuss the challenges, transformations, and vital lessons learned during their Navy bootcamp journeys.
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The Impact of Career Suppression and Poor Leadership On The Morale of A Female Sailor: Pooja's Story
This episode of the Female Veterans Podcast I am joined by a shipmate of mine, Pooja, who served with me at my command for a few years. Pooja was staff on the ward of the Naval Hospital and in the fleet. Pooja reflects on her experiences of sexual harassment, assault, and unfair treatment in the military. She also discusses the challenges faced by veterans, including misdiagnosis and denial of medical benefits. She emphasizes the importance of sharing the unglamorous aspects of military service and the significance of forming strong connections with fellow veterans. In this conversation, Pooja is candid about transitioning to civilian life. She shares insights into the challenges faced within the military system, the importance of support for veterans, and the significance of understanding civilian politics.You do not want to miss this one! Big News: The Female Veterans Podcast is coming to YouTube! Like, Share and Subscribe! Go to www.thefemaleveteranspodcast.com to become a guest, or leave your email if you would like to keep in touch and receive the newsletter that is starting soon! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram: @thefemaleveteranspodcast. Please spread the word! Share!
Some Key Points:
1. Pooja initially tried to fail the ASVAB but ended up scoring high enough to join the Navy at 17.
2. Both Pooja and I were surprised by the lax atmosphere of the hospital corpsman training compared to other branches of the military.
3. We discuss their decision to choose Great Lakes as their next duty station in order to stay together with friends.
4. The combination of sexual harassment and a toxic relationship ultimately pushed her friend to attempt suicide.
5. Despite her negative experiences, the narrator was determined to complete her service but ultimately decided to leave and pursue her education.
6. The lasting impact of experiencing trauma and dealing with horrible leadership within the military.
7. After leaving the military, there was a big transition. Pooja worked in various roles including phlebotomy and tech support.
8. Career progression post-military: Pooja describes her stagnant career trajectory, working in phlebotomy, tech support, and customer service before deciding to pursue a new field in psychology.
9. Burned bridges in the job market: Pooja discusses the competitive biotech industry in San Diego, mentioning the consequences of burning bridges and the impact it had on their job search.
- "I had nobody watching me... I didn't always make the right choices because I didn't know, you know, I was so naive."
- "We made this agreement that we were all gonna pick Great Lakes... Because we knew the rumor was nobody wanted to be at Great Lakes."
1. "We tried very hard to do something... I literally watched her change as a person... she like deteriorated... I practically begged her."
2. "If your immediate supervisor doesn't take action, you go above them... You go above your supervisor, you're targeted... Then you're a problem, you're trouble."
2. "That episode was the first one that I ever did where I actually read...I broke down crying so hard that I could not continue the episode."
Note: The transcript contains multiple speakers, so it is not always clear who is speaking in each quote.
7. "I appreciate you guys for listening and sticking with me all these years... every story matters and it's important that we share them and that we support each other."
The S9 Premiere: How Diana Survived Her Fiance Being K.I.A And So Much More While On Active Duty
On this episode of The Female Veterans Podcast (best podcast 2023) Diana gets candid about her traumatic childhood. She tells me about the abuse she survived that led to her choice to join the Army. Diana shared how she faced boot camp with a bad attitude and was angry at the world. She details her arrival at boot camp, how she adjusted to her first command and what made her deploy to Afghanistan. Diana is so open and vulnerable as she shares the story of her fiance’s death and how she dealt with it, and everything that happened in its aftermath.
I am so blown away by her experience! We discuss the importance of having a good support system while serving in the military. Diana shares about her marital struggles with her husband's infidelity, and how she ultimately escaped the failed marriage. One of her stories that was so shocking was the near death experience of her son, and it's cause. You won't believe it! She also goes in depth about what led her to transition out of the military. We go deep! Diana shares how her deceased fiance’s family and her church helped her turn her life around and become the amazing philanthropist and inspiration she is today. Women veterans are so resilient and amazing. You do not want to miss the advice she leaves for our veteran sisters. Listen today and hear it before the book comes out! Big News: The Female Veterans Podcast is coming to YouTube! Like, Share and Subscribe! Go to www.thefemaleveteranspodcast.com to become a guest, or leave your email if you would like to keep in touch and receive the newsletter that is starting soon! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram: @thefemaleveteranspodcast. And spread the word! Share!
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The Season 8 Finale: Female Veteran And Host Of Nubian Queen Nation Podcast - Nubia's Story
Today on this episode of the best podcast for women and women veterans, I have the honor of interviewing Nubia, an amazing female veteran podcast host. We talk about her time in the military, the challenges she faced, and her transition to civilian life.
Nubia, a New England native, joined the Air Force to see more of the world. During her five years of active duty and as a reservist, she traveled to many places, and we discuss her favorite experiences. We also delve into the challenges she faced as a woman serving during Desert Storm, including harassment and other injustices she perceived.
Despite these challenges, Nubia remained resilient and even found joy in serving, like being on a cheerleading squad. However, her biggest heartbreak ultimately led to her transition out of the military. She shares with us how she coped with this transition and what led her to start her own podcast.
For women veterans out there, Nubia's story will inspire and empower you. Tune in to this episode to learn more about her unique journey as a female veteran and how she's using her voice to serve and support others. Go to www.thefemaleveteranspodcast.com and leave your email if you would like to keep in touch and receive the newsletter that is starting soon! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram: @thefemaleveteranspodcast.
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Hero's Journey: Female Veteran Author Amy Shares Stories From Her 30 Year Military Career
On this best podcast episode I am joined by another amazing woman veteran. When Amy Forsythe joins the Marines in 1993, she faces the challenge of mastering an intimidating obstacle course and the difficult task of succeeding in a male-dominated environment, all while honoring her grandparents' legacy of service. We discuss Amy's military stories. We begin with how Amy's grandparents' service in World War II inspired her to join the Marine Corps 2. Amy shares her experience covering a real-world operation and the mass exodus of migrants in 1994. She tells me about the obstacles she faced. Especially the challenges of being extremely ambitious and driven as a young woman serving in a male-dominated environment. I learn how Amy persevered and the importance of having the courage to pursue your dreams.
Learn about the importance of sharing courage with the next generation. Amy's speaks openly about how her experiences serving in both the Marines and the Navy have shaped her views on leadership and mentorship. You definitely don't want to miss Amy's advice or hear about what inspired her to write her book "Heroes Live Here" A touching tribute to Marines of Camp Pendleton. Thank you for listening to this inspiring episode of The Female Veterans podcast. I hope you learned a lot from Amy Forsythe's journey and her insights on serving in the military and becoming an author. Don't forget to check out her book, Heroes Live Here, and share this podcast with others who might find it inspiring. Go to www.thefemaleveteranspodcast.com and leave your email if you would like to keep in touch and receive the newsletter that is starting soon!
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Empowering Women Veterans: Life Changing Advice From A Veteran Financial Advisor
Find out why this is a best podcast 2023! On this new episode of The Female Veterans Podcast join us for an inspiring episode about Dr. Ann James an extraordinary 21 year Air Force Veteran, financial expert and coach. She is a successful woman veteran who has transformed her own finances and is now on a mission to empower other women veterans. This episode is a must-listen for all women, especially veterans, who are seeking to take control of their financial future. We talk about her personal journey, the challenges she faced while serving in the military, and the strategies she used to turn her financial situation around. As the host of the Freedom Battle Buddies Of Color Podcast she offers practical and actionable financial advice that is life-changing and will help you achieve financial stability and security. Not only does she share her story of active duty and her transition to being a woman veteran, she offers fantastic advice. This episode is packed with valuable insights for managing your finances like a pro. Tune in now and take the first step towards a brighter financial future!" A huge thank you for being a sponsor goes to Grunt Style! A veteran owned company. Please go support them. Use code Baker at check out for 10% off your first order. Please share this episode! More listeners help the algorithm choose this podcast to be suggested to more women who might need to hear it. Thank you for your support! Please go to www.thefemaleveteranspodcast.com and drop your email. I am started a newsletter coming soon!
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