Life After the Uniform

The Best Kept Secret of the Uniformed Services - Carma Connor-Marroquin

January 24, 2022 Erin Silver Season 1 Episode 6
Life After the Uniform
The Best Kept Secret of the Uniformed Services - Carma Connor-Marroquin
Show Notes

Think you know just about everything there is to know about the Uniformed Services? Well, you may, BUT, are you familiar with the U.S. Public Health Service? In today's episode, Erin talks with Carma Connor-Marroquin, a Registered Dietitian and retired U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) officer.

Carma is passionate about sharing the career path available to public health professionals in the USPHS. After earning her RD credential in 1994, she still had trouble finding full time employment. Then as fate would have it, she received a post card from a U.S. Air Force (USAF) Recruiter saying they needed dietitians.

Carma took the opportunity, knowing that if she didn’t like it, the AF would move her back home in three years. While serving in the USAF, Carma ran into a USPHS officer at a professional meeting and learned about the opportunity. After 7 years in the USAF, Carma transferred her commission to the USPHS where she worked for another 14 years and retired at the rank of Commander.

During her time in the USPHS, Carma also held a volunteer, additional duty as the chief recruiter for the dietitian professional category for 4 years. She realized that most people had never heard of the USPHS. The recruiting brochures were even entitled “The Best Kept Secret." So, Carma has continued her mission into retirement, telling people about the career path available in the USPHS.

To connect with Carma:
USPHS Find Your Fit Facebook group:
More free training about the USPHS opportunity:
Take the Quiz to see if you qualify to apply:
Official USPHS website to apply:
Other social (Facebook; Instagram; Linked In) Carma Connor

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