Eight and a half percent of women are enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. and Cpl. Sherica Rhmonica Braidy shares her story about working a male-dominated workforce.
Braidy was born in Jamaica on May 19, 1990. She was the first of five children.
Growing up in the islands, she aspired to become a pediatrician, but changed her mind and was determined to serve this country.
“I wanted something different, like challenging, and I always look up to one of my uncles. He was the quiet person in the family but he was in the military back home in Jamaica,“ said Braidy.
Following in her uncle’s footsteps, she enlisted to become a U.S. Marine. But her mother questioned her decision, saying it was a place for “males.“
In 2014, she suffered an allergic reaction where she went to see a specialist in town. Again, she was doubted about her choice to serve, this time by a doctor.
“And that’s when he called me in the room and told me that you will never, ever become a United States Marine,“ said Braidy.
Despite it all, Braidy pushed through and graduated boot camp on November 18, 2016.
She is part of the seven percent of women who make up the II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune.