This episode features Kali Kingsley, a 2011 graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. In this episode, you’ll hear how a challenging first year at the Academy really pushed Kali to question her desire to stay in the military, and how her experiences with women – both in leadership roles and as classmates – sent her on a personal mission to create something better for the women she serves with. This is a powerful episode that demonstrates the importance of fostering bonds with our Service Academy sisters. Enjoy the show!


  • Wanting to go to medical school.
  • Being super feminine and wanting to join the military.
  • Having a rough first year at the Academy.
  • Struggling with a tough female leader.
  • Not feeling connected to other female classmates.
  • Wanting to be part of the change.


  • 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?

1:54 PART I:

  • What made you choose a Service Academy – and what made you specifically choose the U.S. Air Force Academy?
  • What intrigued you about the Academies?
  • Was their military in your family?
  • How did your family and friends feel about your decision to go to an Academy?
  • Did a lot of people from your school go to an Academy?

11:04 PART II:

  • If you had to sum up your time at the Academy in one word, what would it be?
  • Tell me about your first day and first summer.
  • Were you an athlete in high school?
  • What was the transition like moving from basic to your academic year?

19:30 PART III:

  • What were some of the highlights of your time at the Academy?
  • Having struggles with a female officer in charge during her first year.
  • How did you get through that first year and why did you decide to stay?
  • Deciding to be part of the change.

31:48 PART IV:

  • Talking about her 21st birthday and her struggles with female relationships.
  • Tell me a little more about your academic journey. 
  • What was the plan as you were approaching graduation and what did you end up doing?

41:32 PART V:

  • How did your career unfold?
  • Struggling with females during Intelligence Officer Training.


  • How do you currently 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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