Amanda Huffman, the creator of Airman to Mom, interviews women who have served in the military or are currently serving in the military. Amanda also shares certain aspects of her military experience as an Air Force Officer, military spouse, veteran and mom.
Becoming an Officer in the U.S. Military
How do you become an officer in the military? This week I'm diving into the typical ways people become officers. That being said there are a lot of specialized programs and make sure to talk to a recruiter to find the best option for you. I also included an interview with a cadet going through ROTC and a new 2d Lt who completed Army Officer training. You can also check out episode 151 with two cadets at West Point sharing their experiences.
All About Basic Training
This week is all about Basic Training. I'm sharing ten tips for Basic Training. These are things I wish I would have known before heading off to my Basic Training (called Field Training) along with how some things have changed in the past few years. Basic Training is meant to be tough. The military is working to break you back down and then build you back up into an Airman, Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Guardian, or Coast Guardsman. So let's dive in and don't forget to check out the full episode of the Women of the Military podcast, along with the advice shared in this post I also include an interview with Alison who had just finished Basic Training when the interview was recorded.
All About Enlisting in the U.S. Military
What is the process of enlisting into the military? What do you have to do before heading off to Basic Training? While everyone's experience looks a little different there are certain milestones that must happen and even ways to help you prepare for military life. This episode will provide an overview of the process of joining the military when you enlist. It will also talk about things you can do to prepare for Basic Training. Finally, it will include an interview with Jamie before she headed off to Basic Training with the Navy. She talks about her journey to joining the military and how she felt about leaving for training as we recorded the interview a few days before she shipped out.
This week is week two of A Girl's Guide to Military Service series and we are focusing in on things that can disqualify you from military service. Most often when people think of military disqualifications they think of medical disqualifications but that is only one aspect of why people are not eligible to serve in the military. Besides covering the most common military disqualifications I also talk to Tess Robinson about her experience in ROTC and how her military career ended before it began with a medical disqualification.
Why Join the Military?
Why did you decide to join the military? This is a question I ask all my guests on the Women of the Military podcast to start the interview about their military service. I believe learning about why you joined the military is an open door to who you are and can help determine your path forward. Or at least it helps me as I begin to ask questions and learn the story of each woman who is brave enough to share their military experience. So this week to kick off my 10-week series focused on joining the military we are starting with why. I have pulled answers from some of my previous guests.
Joining the U.S. Navy
Jennifer decided to join the Navy when she was going to community college. It was something she considered in high school. When her dad told her she needed to take college seriously or get a job she decided to join the military. First, she went to the Marines but knew it wasn't for her. She went to the Navy next and told them she was ready to join. She was ready to take any job and get into the military as quickly as possible.
Informative and inspirational
I found this podcast about 6 months ago, and I’m so glad I did. I’m just beginning my Air Force career, and I’ve found the stories shared on this podcast incredibly helpful and interesting. I feel I have a better grasp of what to expect joining the military, and how I might respond in challenging situations many women face during their service.
As an aside, I would love to hear an interview focused on being a single female in the military! Many of these interviews share stories of women juggling marriage/family with their work, I’d love to hear some stories of women managing separation from their friends and families as a single person.
Rape and Sexual Harassment in the Military
I appreciated hearing this story. However, the content in regards to the guests experience was a small part of the podcast. Personally, I would prefer to hear more details about the experience for women both from a negative and positive experience. Not reporting is common and going into more detail about what happens when someone does report would be helpful. Some women have received excellent help (after the military) but that is not common. It was not until 1992 that the VA even had any inpatient programs for women veterans with PTSD (1 st one was in Menlo Park, California) or MST. MST was part of that program in Palo Alto but not specifically until much later. Personally, I was disappointed about the amount of detail provided here that might have been helpful to women struggling with MST. Few women continued their careers after a rape especially if they reported. Most received a huge backlash and it affected their careers.
Perfect for current & future military leaders!
Amanda is a brilliant and insightful host.