I joined the Coast Guard looking to get into public affairs. At the time, the only route into public affairs was through an on-the-job training program of which there were only 12 positions in the entire Coast Guard. Luckily, after about 14 months, I was assigned to New Orleans, and managed to land a coveted training position. While there, I went to journalism school and was promoted twice.
By the end of my first enlistment, I was in Alaska, heading up my own public affairs office at one of the largest and most active concentrations of US Coast Guard personnel and units. It was my dream come true. I received my bachelor's degree, and retired after 20 years of service.
My next move was to become a teacher. However, after a year as a substitute, PR looked darn good. At that point, luck smiled on me again.
A local PR firm was looking for a new AE. Although the president of the company felt I was overqualified, I convinced him it wouldn't hurt to talk. I've now been with the agency for just over seven years, and have loved every day of it.