Mother administers oath of enlistment to teen daughter following in her footsteps

Ask a young child what they want to be when they grow up and you might hear them say “I want to be just like mommy!” or “I’m going to be just like daddy!”

One young San Antonio woman is well on her way to following her in her mother’s footsteps. And what’s made the beginning of her journey even more special is her mother was there to get her started.

Mariah White recently enlisted in the United States Navy and her mother, Lt. Cmdr. Veronica White, administered the oath of enlistment.

“I joined the Navy to follow in the footsteps of my mother and sister,” Mariah said.

The 17-year-old is currently a high school student at Brennan High School in San Antonio, Texas and will serve as a Master-At-Arms.

Her duties as a Master-At-Arms will to be to provide air, land, and water security as well as “develop plans for physical security and force protection enhancement of Navy bases,” among other responsibilities.

“I am very happy because she is continuing our family legacy,” Mariah’s mother, who served as medical programs recruiter with Navy Recruiting District (NRD) San Antonio. “She will pave the way for the next generation of female Sailors.”

“I love the ocean and look forward to traveling and serving my country.”

Congratulations Mariah and best of luck to you during your time in the Navy!

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