When Michaela Nicole Emert recently arrived one morning at Navy Medicine Readiness Training Unit Everett, she was a hospital corpsman second class petty officer.

She departed that same day as a commissioned officer in the Navy’s Medical Service Corps.

For Emert, becoming a laboratory officer not only advances her chosen career specialty on an upward path, it also continues a legacy of military service in her family.

“My father was in the Army as a combat medic and my grandfather was in the Navy as a Seabee. With the desire to meld the two worlds, I signed up for the Navy as a hospital corpsman,” said Emert, from Ogden, Utah, and a 2012 graduate from Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School, Honolulu, Hawaii.