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Born in the wake of 9/11, teen enlists in the Navy

Sept. 11, 2001 has always been part of Tierney Crutcher’s life story.

It was the day her mother went into labor with her.

And Sept. 11 was a life-changing day for Crutcher again this year: She was sworn in as a Navy seaman recruit at a Tennessee recruiting station Wednesday, two days shy of turning 18.

The Memphis high school graduate and accomplished bowler grew up in an America at war.

She says as a kid, she thought the military was only the Army and shooting people. A military career became appealing as she learned more about the different branches and choices.

Crutcher says she's excited to meet new people, travel "and just get a different experience in life."

She’s headed to boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, then sonar technician training.

play_circle_filled Chief Hospital Corpsman Jaime Kalaw motivates new recruits as they arrive at Recruit Training Command. (Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Amanda S. Kitchner/Navy)
Navy sees recruiting challenges on the horizon

The Navy hopes more recruiters, beefier enlistment bonuses and a wider social media outreach will help bring in the next generation of sailors.

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