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Yesterday, we had the opportunity to do a Twitter Q&A with LT j.g. Mellany George and LT j.g. Melody George-Jones, asking questions we compiled from our followers. Below is the text of our conversation (you can also follow #AskASailor on Twitter to read the whole thing!)
Q1: What’s a typical day like being in the Navy Reserve? #AskASailor
A1: One weekend a month we go to “drill”, wear our uniforms, meet with our unit, & do administrative stuff. #AskASailor

Q2: Why does the Navy Reserve exist? #AskASailor
A2: To be ready to deploy. Also there are areas where there aren’t enough Active Duty personnel so we fill in the gaps. #AskASailor

Q3: What is the likelihood of a deployment in the Reserve? #AskASailor
A3: It depends on the job. For us, we are in a 5-year qualification program so we still have some time before we deploy. #AskASailor

Q4: What made you choose a STEM field? #AskASailor
A4: Parents were always very encouraging for whatever we wanted to do. Also there are not many females in STEM fields. #AskASailor
A4 (cont.): We would have engineering courses where there was a class of 30 guys and only 3 women! #AskASailor

Q5: What’s it like being a female Officer in that field? #AskASailor
A5: We are given respect just like anybody else in our units. #AskASailor

Q6: You are moms. Can parents join the Navy Reserve? #AskASailor
A6: Yes, the Navy is unique in that they allow you to join even being a single parent. Not every branch does. #AskASailor

Q7: When you drill each month, does it get easier being away from your family (kids)? #AskASailor
A7: It’s never easy but it does get easier. You have to have a strong family network and support. #AskASailor
A7 (cont.): You’re serving your country. Although I am a parent, I still like to do things, I still want a career. #AskASailor

Q8: Would you encourage your child to serve in the Navy? #AskASailor
A8: She is 6 and already wants to join the Navy! That is going to be her decision to make in the end. #AskASailor

Q9: What did you do to get in shape for the Navy Reserve? #AskASailor
A9: Joined a gym. I’m not a naturally athletic person so I am a good model for those who didn’t ever work out before joining! #AskASailor
A9 (cont.): Meeting weight standards & physical requirements can be a struggle, but the Navy has helped me. #AskASailor
A9 (cont.): If you’re not a runner there are alternative cardio options; elliptical, bike & swimming are options as well. #AskASailor

Thanks to LTJGs Mellany George & Melody George-Jones! Got your own questions? Tweet with #AskASailor & we may use them in a future chat.

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to do a Twitter Q&A with LT j.g. Mellany George and LT j.g. Melody George-Jones, asking questions we compiled from our followers. Below is the text of our conversation (you can also follow #AskASailor on Twitter to read the whole thing!)

Q1: What’s a typical day like being in the Navy Reserve? #AskASailor

A1: One weekend a month we go to “drill”, wear our uniforms, meet with our unit, & do administrative stuff. #AskASailor

Q2: Why does the Navy Reserve exist? #AskASailor

A2: To be ready to deploy. Also there are areas where there aren’t enough Active Duty personnel so we fill in the gaps. #AskASailor

Q3: What is the likelihood of a deployment in the Reserve? #AskASailor

A3: It depends on the job. For us, we are in a 5-year qualification program so we still have some time before we deploy. #AskASailor

Q4: What made you choose a STEM field? #AskASailor

A4: Parents were always very encouraging for whatever we wanted to do. Also there are not many females in STEM fields. #AskASailor

A4 (cont.): We would have engineering courses where there was a class of 30 guys and only 3 women! #AskASailor

Q5: What’s it like being a female Officer in that field? #AskASailor

A5: We are given respect just like anybody else in our units. #AskASailor

Q6: You are moms. Can parents join the Navy Reserve? #AskASailor

A6: Yes, the Navy is unique in that they allow you to join even being a single parent. Not every branch does. #AskASailor

Q7: When you drill each month, does it get easier being away from your family (kids)? #AskASailor

A7: It’s never easy but it does get easier. You have to have a strong family network and support. #AskASailor

A7 (cont.): You’re serving your country. Although I am a parent, I still like to do things, I still want a career. #AskASailor

Q8: Would you encourage your child to serve in the Navy? #AskASailor

A8: She is 6 and already wants to join the Navy! That is going to be her decision to make in the end. #AskASailor

Q9: What did you do to get in shape for the Navy Reserve? #AskASailor

A9: Joined a gym. I’m not a naturally athletic person so I am a good model for those who didn’t ever work out before joining! #AskASailor

A9 (cont.): Meeting weight standards & physical requirements can be a struggle, but the Navy has helped me. #AskASailor

A9 (cont.): If you’re not a runner there are alternative cardio options; elliptical, bike & swimming are options as well. #AskASailor

Thanks to LTJGs Mellany George & Melody George-Jones! Got your own questions? Tweet with #AskASailor & we may use them in a future chat.

The U.S. 6th Fleet command ship USS Mount Whitney arrives at Zeebrugge, Belgium. Zeebrugge is a Clean Port – as you can see the windmills in the background of the photo.

The U.S. 6th Fleet command ship USS Mount Whitney arrives at Zeebrugge, Belgium. Zeebrugge is a Clean Port – as you can see the windmills in the background of the photo.

Watch out you guys.

Watch out you guys.

There is no shortage of aircraft in the Navy. Here, an EA-6B Prowler prepares to land as two F/A-18E Super Hornets fly behind it.
Do you know how many (operational) aircraft the Navy has right now?

There is no shortage of aircraft in the Navy. Here, an EA-6B Prowler prepares to land as two F/A-18E Super Hornets fly behind it.

Do you know how many (operational) aircraft the Navy has right now?

Yoga on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, anyone?

Yoga on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, anyone?

Students from the Firefighting and Damage Control School at Naval Base San Diego fight a simulated flight deck fire during a training exercise.

Students from the Firefighting and Damage Control School at Naval Base San Diego fight a simulated flight deck fire during a training exercise.

Nuclear, conventional, chemical or biological — these are the potential hazards that exist in modern warfare. And EOD Technicians are the courageous, level-headed technicians who render these potentially disastrous materials safe. Underwater or above, their mission is to prevent harm and to be successful at their job no matter what.

Nuclear, conventional, chemical or biological — these are the potential hazards that exist in modern warfare. And EOD Technicians are the courageous, level-headed technicians who render these potentially disastrous materials safe. Underwater or above, their mission is to prevent harm and to be successful at their job no matter what.

The first contract for nuclear-powered submarines was awarded on this day in 1951. Today, submarines like the USS Maine are some of the most complex technological machines ever built.

The first contract for nuclear-powered submarines was awarded on this day in 1951. Today, submarines like the USS Maine are some of the most complex technological machines ever built.

Around the World Wednesday: In waters near Guam, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney performs tactical maneuvers along with ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. This was part of GUAMEX 2014 – an operation aimed at enhancing the interoperability of the Navy and JMSDF.

Around the World Wednesday: In waters near Guam, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney performs tactical maneuvers along with ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. This was part of GUAMEX 2014 – an operation aimed at enhancing the interoperability of the Navy and JMSDF.

And we love every minute we get to defy gravity flying for America’s Navy. Happy Aviation Day!

And we love every minute we get to defy gravity flying for America’s Navy. Happy Aviation Day!