Military Anthropologist

Scholarship Entrant: Ashley from Grovetown, Georgia
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Ashley: 9

Being a Military Anthropologist would be such a wonderful job. Historians, political scientist, psychologist, all study the military, but none of them study “true” military culture. As an Army brat, I grew up in such unique circumstances. My family travelled the world. We dealt with a unique form of stress from my father’s deployments. We served as unofficial ambassadors for the US. None of the aforementioned professions capture those unique and wonderful experiences. I believe by holistically studying military culture (not just a soldier’s job description) that an individual would be able to help the dependents and soldiers of the armed services navigate their unique experience and preserve a unified sense of tradition and culture. This is especially important when families are stationed abroad for years at a time. I believe a military anthropologist could help civilians who may not be familiar with a lifestyle of frequent moving, uniform dress, and lots of acronyms/abbreviations to better understand how to include their military neighbors. I’m certain that Americans want to honor the service of soldiers, but it is often difficult to understand the behaviors of military families. If such a profession existed it could help to bridge an important communication gap that America seems to only acknowledge on Independence, Veterans, and Memorial Day.

Vote for Ashley: 9

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