Amber Bromley '20 will follow in the footsteps of her uncle, cousin and friends and enter the world of the United States Air Force. Her ship date is August 18, 2020.
In November 2019, Amber began the recruiting process and met with a recruiter. She received information about the program which further fueled her passion to join. Following that meeting, Amber underwent medical exams and took the demanding Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam. This is a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.
"I officially enlisted on February 6, 2020," she said. "I signed my contract and entered into the Delayed Entry Program (DEP)."
According to the official website of the U.S. Air Force, the DEP "allows you to complete your application to the Air Force and reserve your Air Force job before an assignment is available. While you wait for your job assignment, you will stay in touch weekly with your recruiter to verify that you are doing what it takes to remain qualified."
Amber credits one key moment in helping her adjust to her new reality. "I was a transfer student into Holy Cross High School," she said. "I entered as a sophomore and didn't know anyone. I had to learn and rely on social skills to meet new people and make new friends. I'm definitely taking those skills with me. You definitely need a buddy in boot camp."
Amber doesn't regret leaving her hometown high school and the people she grew up with. She was also carrying on a family tradition by attending Holy Cross. "My sister and cousin are Crusaders," she said. "I also felt like Holy Cross would give me better opportunities. The academics and athletics are better here, and everyone is so warm and welcoming."
In a few months, Amber will take what she learned on Oronoke Road and apply it to her realized dream of joining the Air Force. She admits to being both excited and nervous. And what advice did her family and friends give her?
"Don't take anything personally and keep your head up."