U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Lee

I arrive to swim week — a week of progressively difficult swim tests during Marine Corps boot camp — a mediocre swimmer. On day three, my platoon of about 50 women file into the swim facility. Hard-nosed swim instructors in tiny shorts line the pool deck and behold our startled expression as we march in.

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Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin B. Gray

I was on the phone with a financial advisor the other day as I stared at an account summary page on my computer. The 529 college savings plan I opened when my son was an infant stared back at me. 

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chelsea Anderson

My bespectacled battalion commander made this comment about leadership as we broke from a staff meeting one afternoon: “It works with your dog. It works with your kids. It works with Marines.”

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