Amanda Thomson considered joining the military for nearly 10 years before she actually enlisted. So after earning her Bachelor’s degree in 2006, she joined the Army to become a Human Intelligence Collector. Though her decision to serve came as a surprise to her family and friends, they have supported her as she pursued this honorable path.
Amanda entered the Army as a specialist and excelled at any given task, with her consistent high performance gaining her a promotion to Sergeant in less than two years of service. During her tour in Iraq, she often worked outside the scope of her intelligence job, being utilized as a media exploitation specialist, basic emergency medical technician and liaison between coalition forces and Iraqi women, which led to more efficient distribution of food and supplies.
Next steps for Amanda include attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to earn a Master of Forensic Science in high technology crime investigation. Like many others who have served in the military, it is her desire to continue to serve her country by allowing her to continue her focus on national security issues and support government agencies in the global war on terror.