Nashville sailor works for degree while serving in Navy

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jasmine Johnson

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jasmine Johnson

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jasmine Johnson joined the Navy with the goal of earning a higher education, but she has made it her personal mission to get her degree before the deployment aboard U.S.S. George H.W. Bush.

Johnson is set to graduate in October with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management.

“I’m so driven to make it to this upcoming ceremony so that I can walk with my graduating class,” said Johnson. “If I wait even one more semester I would have to wait another year before walking the stage and I really want this now.”

Johnson, a native of Nashville, Tenn., works in Legal Department and joined the Navy nine years ago.

After she completes her degree, her next goal is to submit an officer package for either the Supply Corps or the Medical Corps.

“In the Navy, I have learned different leadership skills for different personality types and I want to put those to use as an officer,” said Johnson. “I have also gained a lot of self-confidence and want others to have that too. I want to see people achieve their goals.”

As president of the American Diversity Heritage Observance Committee, Johnson leads ADHOC members in sharing observances of the many diverse religions and cultural backgrounds that make up the Navy. Johnson says that ADHOC events are important eye-opening moments for a lot of Sailors.

“We are constantly focused on work and being the best Sailors we can be, but sometimes we need a reminder that we are human too,” said Johnson. “I think it’s important to reach out to people and encourage them to understand the value of diversity. Understanding more of the world or even a specific profession can only give you more opportunity. Appreciating those around you for their differences can help you to communicate and relate with people of all backgrounds.”

Her advice to GHWB sailors is a reminder of the promise made when the sailor joined the Navy.

“Don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked by the never-ending flood of distractions because it is just that: never ending,” said Johnson. “Do not lose track of that dream or time might slip by so fast that you don’t even realize how many opportunities you may have passed up. Take care of yourself and follow through. Whether you’re going to stay in the Navy or leave the Navy, it makes sense to take full advantage of the opportunities to better yourself while you can.”