Military Profile - Jackie Dumas
In what branch of the military did you or do you serve and during what years?
U.S. Marine Corps, 2002-2006
What is/was your rank?
What led you to join the military?
It was the environment that I was raised in. My grandfather was in the Navy; my father retired from the Air Force; my older brother joined the Army. It just seemed like it was almost my civic duty.
What is the most valuable lesson you've gain from your military service?
Discipline and a good work ethic.
What are some medals, commendations, citations or other military honors you are proud of having earned?
I received a NAM (Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal) for busting my hump over a rigorous three-day period. It really wasn't that I received the medal, but rather that my efforts were recognized. I also got meritoriously promoted to corporal by beating out four others in the running.
What would be your advice to someone considering or planning a career in the military?
I would say go for it, but be open-minded. Even though you might not understand why your superiors are doing something, there is ALWAYS a reason. I believe every citizen should do at least four years in the military, from age 18 to 22. You do a lot of growing up, real quick, and it gives people a chance to develop a mature idea of what they want to do with the rest of their lives.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Running and schoolwork. But of course, there is the occasional fishing trip or desert, Jeeping joy-ride.
Immediate family members?
Married to my husband John, and we have three dogs.