This episode features Ashley Keller, a 2010 graduate from the U.S. Military Academy. In this episode, you’ll hear about Ashley’s desire and commitment to serve, as well as a few difficult decisions she had to make to stay true to herself, including giving up the opportunity to pursue a path towards the Olympics. You’ll also learn why Ashley eventually decided to leave the military and how she evolved from being an Army engineer to a mother with a super successful YouTube channel. Enjoy the show!


  • Being recruited for running.
  • Deciding to serve over training for the Olympics.
  • Losing her position as a combat engineer due to being a woman.
  • Deciding to leave the military after entering motherhood.
  • Using skills from the military to build a business.


  • 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?

1:55 PART I:

  • What made you choose a Service Academy – and what made you specifically choose West Point?
  • What was the reaction to your decision to go to an Academy?
  • Did you consider the other Academies at all?
  • How was the application process?

9:00 PART II:

  • What was the first day and the first summer like for you?
  • Did you feel prepared for the Academy?
  • How was it once you entered the academic year? Were you clear with what you wanted to study?
  • If you had to sum up your time at the Academy in one word, what would it be?

15:15 PART III:

  • What were some of the highlights of your time at the Academy?
  • What was your major?

21:15 PART IV:

  • Were there any lowlights at the Academy?
  • What did you want to do post graduation?
  • What does an engineer in the Army do?
  • How was it being a woman at the Academy?

30:21 PART V:

  • What was the plan after graduation?
  • What was the start of your career as an engineer like?
  • Being removed as a combat engineer due to being a woman.
  • What it was like to be deployed to Afghanistan as a cultural support team.

42:30 PART VI:

  • Having a baby and deciding to get out of the military.
  • Choosing to serve instead of training for the Olympics. 
  • Starting a YouTube channel post-military. 
  • What was the transition out of the military like?


  • 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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