This episode features Ginni Guiton, a 1985 graduate from the U.S. Military Academy. In this episode, you’ll hear about Ginni’s last minute decision to apply to the Academy, about how she always had a backup plan just in case it didn’t work out – yet ended up having a 20-year career in the military, some of the struggles she had as a woman attending an Academy, and how her constant desire to change and grow ultimately has her working in HR while also developing her own side hustle as a hypnotherapist. Ginni’s mindset about attending an Academy is one we haven’t heard on the show yet, and I think you’ll find it fascinating to hear. Enjoy the show!


  • Applying to the Academy last minute.
  • Having a carefree attitude about attending the Academy – “Ignorance is bliss.”
  • How being a strong athlete impacted her time at the Academy.
  • Eating disorders at the Academy.
  • Taking your commitment to the military one step at a time.
  • Marriage and Divorce.


  • 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?

1:58 PART I:

  • What made you choose a Service Academy – and what made you specifically choose West Point?
  • How was it applying to an Academy as a woman  in the early 1980’s?
  • What was your parent’s reaction when you told them you wanted to go to an Academy?
  • What did you know about the Academy when you were applying? What drew you in?
  • Did you apply to any other Academies?
  • How did the application process go for you?

8:50 PART II:

  • What kind of student were you in high school? Were you an athlete? How did you prepare?
  • Did you see the Academy before you went?
  • Tell me more about your first summer at the Academy.
  • If you had to sum up your time at the Academy in one word, what would it be?
  • How did the first summer go?
  • What did you think you’d do post graduation?

17:30 PART III:

  • What were some of the highlights of your time at the Academy?
  • Dealing with sexism at the Academy.
  • Being part of one of the earliest classes of women.
  • What were some of the lowlights at the Academy?
  • What was your major?
  • What was the plan for post-graduation?

26:30 PART IV:

  • Struggling with an eating disorder and feeling isolated.
  • Weight standards at the Academy.
  • Having to face a Regimental Board due to accusations about her sexial conduct.

38:10 PART V:

  • Learning to speak her truth.
  • As you approached graduation, what was the plan?
  • How was your family during your time at the Academy?
  • What did you do post-graduation?
  • How did your career unfold?
  • Getting married and acquiring 3 children.


  • What was the plan when you decided to get out?
  • Getting divorced and deciding to become a hypnotherapist. 
  • How do you feel about your decision to attend a federal service academy?
  • 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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