This episode features Shauna Marshall, a 2005 graduate from The United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. You’ll get to hear all about her journey from a small town in Vermont to becoming one of a handful of women to enter the Navy EOD community to now living abroad as a Physical Therapist with her husband and 3 kids. Enjoy the show!


  • Finding a sense of adventure in the Navy
  • Feeling undeserving of getting accepted to an Academy
  • The importance of teamwork, both at the Academy and beyond
  • Managing the loss of a loved one while at school
  • The struggle of finding supportive women in a male dominated industry
  • Navigating the transition from military life to civilian life
  • Motherhood and raising a little girl 


  • Can you tell everyone where you’re from? What school you went to and when you graduated?
  • Can you give everyone 1-2 lines about who you are?

1:25 PART I:

  • What made you choose a Service Academy – and what made you specifically choose the USNA?
  • How did people feel when you got into the Academy?
  • Were you apprehensive about military life post-graduation?

10:55 PART II:

  • How did you feel once you got to the Academy?
  • If you had to sum up your time at the Academy in one word, what would it be?
  • Joining the swimming and diving team.

15:54 PART III:

  • What were some of the highlights for you while you were at the Academy?
  • While you were at the Academy, did you feel like it was the right decision for you?
  • The struggle with academics.
  • Did the image of what you had in your head about the USNA match what you were hoping for?
  • While you were at the Academy, did what you wanted to do post-graduation start to become more clear?

22:10 PART IV:

  • What are some of the low-lights of your time at the Academy?
  • Managing the loss of a loved one.
  • What were some of the key lessons you took away from your time at the Academy?

30:55 PART V:

  • What was your life like post-graduation?
  • The role of the Navy EOD technician.
  • How did you feel knowing Navy EOD is a community of very few women?
  • Managing those that doubt your ability to succeed.
  • Finding people that support what you’re trying to do.

44:10 PART VI:

  • How did attending an Academy impact your career trajectory?
  • At the 8 year mark, what did you decide to do after that?
  • Transitioning out of the military and becoming a Physical Therapist.
  • Becoming a mom. 


  • Looking back now, how do you feel about your decision to attend an Academy?
  • What’s next for you?
  • Do you have any parting words for listeners? Perhaps a key message to your fellow Service Academy sisters?
  • What’s one random fun fact about you?
  • Where can people reach you?


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