17-Year-Old Navy Recruit Sworn in by Her Own Mother, Follows in Her Footsteps as a Sailor

January 23, 2021 Updated: January 29, 2021

A San Antonio girl who just enlisted in the U.S. Navy was recently sworn in. But the moment was made even more special by the fact that the girl’s own mother administered the oath of enlistment.

Mariah White, 17, is following in the footsteps of both her mother and her sister by joining the U.S. Navy. She took the oath of enlistment at the Navy Talent Acquisition Group in San Antonio this week.

Mariah, who is still in high school at Brennan High, will serve as master-at-arms.

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(Courtesy of Navy Talent Acquisition Group San Antonio)

“I joined the Navy to follow in the footsteps of my mother and sister,” she told ABC. “I love the ocean and look forward to traveling and serving my country.”

On Jan. 22, the teen’s mother, Lt. Cmdr. Veronica White, told Fox News that administering the oath was very emotional.

“I actually had a moment where I got choked up and I had to pause,” Veronica said in an interview. “It was very humbling.”

The lieutenant commander is a plans, operations, and medical intelligence officer with the Naval Medical Forces Command. She said that she’s excited that now both of her daughters will continue carrying on the family’s growing tradition.

“I am very happy because she is continuing our family legacy,” Veronica shared. “She will pave the way for the next generation of female sailors.”

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(Courtesy of Navy Talent Acquisition Group San Antonio)
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(Courtesy of Navy Talent Acquisition Group San Antonio)

According to NTAG officials, as master-at-arms, Mariah will provide “waterborne and land security, aircraft and flight line security, strategic weapons and cargo security, maritime security and platform protection.”

She will also conduct customs operations, detainee operations, and protective service operations, as well as other security, training, law enforcement, and anti-terrorism duties.

Mariah is thrilled to follow in the footsteps of her family role models.

She told Fox News that she was “super ready” to join the Navy and that one of the greatest paths in life is “being able to be an example for other people out there and [serving] our country.”

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