By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV
The Navy is home to some of the most intelligent, skilled and diverse people in the world. Everyone aims to be the top-dog at what they do and also to be recognized for their efforts.
The 2014 Junior Sailor of the Year for Transient Personnel Unit Puget Sound was Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Amplias Young, from American Samoa. As a single mother of three boys, Young had a lot on her plate from the beginning.
“I had my first child at 21 while working at McDonald’s as a manager. It was okay at the time but I wanted to do more.” said Young. “I wanted to join the Marine Corps, but there was never a recruiter in the office.”
She spoke to a Navy recruiter and was on her way to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., shortly thereafter.
“When I finished boot camp I wanted to be an aviation boatswain’s mate, but they were over manned, so I became a ship’s serviceman even though I had no idea what they did.” said Young. “After a few months I realized what we did, but that wasn’t what I wanted to do. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a passion.”
Graduating from “A” school and receiving the Automatic Petty Officer (APO) promotion, Young arrived at her first command, USS John C. Stennis (CVN74).
“As the APO, you have to prove you are ready to be promoted; that’s when I found out I was pregnant with my second child.” said Young. “I was placed in a leadership position while seven months pregnant before I was sent to shore duty where I had my baby.”
After having her child, she spoke to numerous people trying to get back to the ship.
“I have such a strong work ethic and a great reputation that they allowed me to come back to the ship early,” said Young. “As soon as I got back I received both my Enlisted Surface and Aviation Warfare pins and even got a Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal before I advanced to Second Class Petty Officer.”
Young has quite a positive reputation at her current command, Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) NBK.
“Young is very goal oriented,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Alden Fenton, Transient Division Leading Petty Officer at TPU . “I pass a task and she gets it done. She’s a leader and a mentor and definitely takes care of business.”
Just doing a rate’s normal duties won’t give you the title of Sailor of the Year, it takes more.
“I believe my work ethic and dedication to my duties helped me become Junior Sailor of the Year, but I believe my contributions to the Navy as a whole is what put me on top.” said Young. “I’m the command Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) president, I volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and I put a lot of time and energy into this command and they recognized me for it.”