The Loudmouth Project

Too Small to be a Marine

In this episode, Amy Donaldson talks Kelli Pacheco about joining the U.S. Marine Corps, being in the second groups of women to participate in the Crucible – a test recruits must endure after they join. Although she wanted to fly, she ended up going into a computer field. Kelli struggled when she had a child, and had to make the difficult decision to leave her daughter in daycare for long stretches of the day or rely on her family back in Utah to help raise her. Medical issues forced her to leave the Marine Corps, but she cherishes the time she had and the friendships she forged.

About the author, Jason

Jason is an Air Force and Army veteran. His goal is to inspire other veterans, their family and friends to share their stories. Working as a volunteer with Veteran Service Organizations has given him insight into some of the struggles facing the men and women who serve. Jason has been married for over 25 years and earned a degree in History with a focus on the U.S. Military.

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