Blog Story Guidelines

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It all started when…

Writing your story is hard. Believe me, I think I took a really long time to write my own blog story. So I’ve put these guiding questions together to help you formulate a story that’s both engaging and true to you. I believe the stories should focus on you and your reasons for serving and avoid any gender arguments to avoid dividing our military organizations. I’m looking to you to be an inspiration to the next generation while also leading from the front and sharing your amazing story that brought you to this point in your career and life.

I want you to tell me who you are. Who was that woman/girl who joined the military and what was that desire born out of. What are your dreams and aspirations both in and out of uniform. Everyone has their individual reasons for joining and their reasons that keep them going and sometimes those reasons are the most inspirational and motivating anecdotes that resonate with a lot of people.

I’d love for you to share a few stories of different periods in time throughout your career, the lessons you learned, the experiences that have made you who you are today as a leader.

In closing, this chapter of Military Women’s Project is focusing on “imagining” - I want you to imagine the America of tomorrow; imagine the future of our profession and how it impacts tomorrows. Where do you hope this country goes and what do you hope the next generation can accomplish for both their service and their nation.

I recommend you read some of the stories from LCDR Kristen Caldwell, MAJ Carmen Decker-Smith or MAJ Sonie Munson for inspiration and stories that really resonated on personal level. It may help to see other’s stories to help generate the writing bug.

Please ensure you review your story for PII and any sensitive information that should not be shared with the public. Please write your story in paragraph format and not a question and answer format so that it flows properly.

Finally, please submit your story in a word document. I cannot accept a PDF.

If you should have any questions, please contact me via jennifer@jennmcintyreportraits.com.

Thank you!

Jennifer