She is a senior vice president at the international consulting and technology firm Booz Allen Hamilton. But Karen Dahut's career really began in the Navy, where she was taught that even a military brat can learn something when she follows in her father's footsteps. Here's her story of how her Navy experience has influenced her civilian career.
For me, there never was much doubt about what I was going to do when I got out of college. I'd grown up a Navy brat. My father, who'd enlisted as a hospital corpsman at 17 and spent 45 years on active duty, retired as a captain. When my time came, the idea of joining the military seemed natural. So in 1985, when my friends were going to New York to start careers in banking, I dutifully signed up with the Navy.