Racquel McCray was raised by two parents who worked in the Navy. So she too decided to follow in their footsteps.
Racquel thought of pursuing the same specialty as her mother. When she realized that she could have the opportunity to work on the same ship as her mother, she did not think of applying.
“However, watching her father and mother inspired her to follow the same path. “I chose to join because I watched my parents for my entire life,” says Raquel. Seeing them both go to work together every day inspired him too.
When she told her parents for the first time as news they did not take it very seriously.
They then rely on her decision. “I was a proud mother,” Tonya said. “It took a while for her to get everything situated to come in, but that was my baby and I was so proud.”
When the girl expressed her desire to work in the navy together with her mother she had to talk to her superior. Superiors spoke to their superiors. It was decided that this would be a training opportunity.
For four weeks the mother and daughter worked on the same boat. “I was able to share what I did with my daughter every day. She saw what respect that someone of my pay grade gets on a day to day, how they look up to me, and it just felt great to be able to share that experience with her, and also, just to see her hard work, ” Tonya said.
The time they both spent on the boat was invaluable. Now Raquel realizes she made the best decision. “It was a great experience for me, even though it only lasted four weeks,” Racquel said. “I would have liked for it to be a little bit longer, but it was really nice to be able to see the benefits of all of my mom’s hard work, how people looked up to her and respected her.”
Let us show a little respect for these women who do these jobs in the service of the state. We bow before them.