Spotlight Sailor – LS3 Paula Benoit
LS3 Paula Benoit
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Petty Officer Third Class, Logistics Specialist, Selected Reserve
Child Care Worker for Elk River School and YMCA
New Richmond, Wisconsin
To-date, Petty Officer Benoit has saved over 600 wild birds as a volunteer with an environmental conservation organization. She also supports the Wounded Warrior Program in Minnesota and serves as a mentor for junior sailors – providing training and leading by example through her willingness to guide and motivate others.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve simultaneously has enabled me to embrace a new challenge in life and increase my opportunities to travel and meet people. This experience has opened my eyes to what’s out there in the world, giving me a wider perspective on life and culture in the military. Also, I have been able to further my education and career in child care. As a Child Care Worker, I help develop cognitive and adaptive behaviors in children (including my own). Finally, I enjoy talking to people and interacting with Sailors my age or younger, giving me an opportunity to lead, share experiences and serve as a mentor.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
I felt Navy values aligned with my own. Most importantly, the Navy Reserve was a place that I felt was accommodating of me and my daughter. Previously, I was enlisted in the Army Reserves for 8 year, but I had to terminate my enlistment due to my daughter’s health. However, a few years later, when I was ready and able to rejoin, a close family friend referred me to a Navy recruiter.
In my Navy…
I strive to become all I can be. There are endless opportunities ahead to serve with pride alongside my teammates and do what is necessary to complete the mission (such as protecting our country and interests, while building strong alliances worldwide).