on my part to make things a little bit different though. He also said that was one way for me not to run away from re-enlistment.”
After graduating high school, Martens decided to join the military in order to get a chance to travel around the world. She chose the Navy due to the high number of technical jobs that the Navy offers, which she said would give her the basics of a variety of civilian jobs for when she decides to depart from her military service.
Since joining the Navy, Martens has been to Misawa, Japan and Bahrain, which Martens said was a complete culture shock to her.
“Bahrain has so many different types of cultures,” she said. “Over there you get to work with the British and the Australians. For me, I gained a lot from working with different types of people. It was a good experience.”
When she first joined the Navy, Martens said her father, Ronald Martens, and stepmother, Christen Martens, were completely supportive.
“One of the first things they have noticed was that I have more respect for authority,” said Martens, the youngest of six siblings. “I now have a different insight on the world rather than the little home town feeling, which I came from.”
Martens is currently working on achieving her bachelor’s degree in business, which she feels is no different from her current job.
“My job is basically a lot of paperwork,” said Martens. “I figured I should major in something that I know and do every day. All I do every day is work and homework, and that is what is going to get me ahead when I get out.”