Though her family was initially nervous and “thought I was crazy…out of my mind for even considering it,” they eventually agreed it was a great career move and “an honorable way to use my skills.” Amina, after taking the oath to become an officer in the US Army, contributed by Amina Moghul As a full-time student in her second year at medical school, right now—not really.She describes herself as “pretty much a civilian right now.” That involves waking up later than she would in the Army, going to class, working out, studying - sounds familiar, right?When you think “military woman”, what comes to mind?
They’re pretty similar to us—the one big difference? Read their stories to see what exactly that means when it comes to school, daily life, dating and everything else.
Sarah’s flight (group of trainees) during BMT (Basic Military Training), contributed by Sarah Allen Amina Moghul, 23 Second Lieutenant in the U. Army Reserve Currently on educational delay; student, president of Med School class, president of the military medicine club Amina, practicing spotting improved explosive devices along roadsides, during a training session, contributed by Amina Moghul Amina Moghul was drawn to the military from a young age, but also knew she wanted to be a doctor.
But a few years from now, her life will change in a big way. In that role, she will serve as a physician on active duty.
In 2012, she will graduate and be promoted to Captain in the U. She hasn’t decided if she’ll stay on past her mandatory service (her residency, plus 4 to 6 years of service to pay back the residency).
“The quality of life of every American rests on the shoulders of the military and its capabilities to handle its duties,” she said.
“I didn't think I could marry those two interests in a way that would work for me professionally,” she said. “Little did I know that the Army, Navy, and Air Force all have scholarship programs that carve out great careers for young future health professionals, and the training opportunities can't be beat.” After earning scores on the MCAT that merited recruitment opportunities, Moghul had to give the decision some serious thought.She described it as “the biggest, scariest, and most serious decision I have ever had to make.” After thinking about it for her entire undergraduate senior year, she ultimately decided it was the right path for her.“I like to think I’ll stay in for a career, which is 20 years,” she said.“Then I’ll retire from the military…and go into private practice as a civilian.” Another difference may be more mental than tangible—that would be her sense of maturity and responsibility.Well, it turns out that’s what you should be thinking, at least some of the time!Her Campus chatted with Amina Moghul and Sarah Allen, two young women in their early twenties, about life as they know it.