Lieutenant (Navy) (Lt(N)) Stephanie Bengle is the first of her family to serve Canada in the armed forces, and admittedly never considered military service until later in high school.
“I admit, it was never something I considered at first, but once I did my research I became very intrigued by it. Although I have no service members in my family, my father was the first person who piqued my interest in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN),” says Lt(N) Bengle.
“Both my parents were my biggest supporters as I started to become interested in a career in the RCN and studying at Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). After deciding that RMC was the right fit for me, I enrolled in the RCN in 2010 and it’s been an adventure ever since.”
Since enrolling in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 2010 Lt(N) Bengle’s career has been nothing short of an adventure filled with both challenges and experiences that have helped her grow personally.
“My biggest career has most definitely been my recent deployment on Op REASSURANCE onboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Halifax from July 2019 to January 2020” says Lt(N) Bengle.
“It was my first deployment and it was quite a learning experience for me, in fact, I am still learning from it to this day. I do not think anything can prepare you for how it will feel to be disconnected from your world and routine back home.”
Even though this is a difficult experience shared by all who deploy, there was a wonderful support system aboard…