U.S. Army  “[H]ow often does a University of Cambridge Ph.D. graduate who speaks English, German, Polish and Spanish commission in the Army?” Jennifer DeHaan writes of Michta, who is now the officer in charge at the Army Europe Open Source Center in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Michta attended secondary school in Munich, where her father worked for the U.S. Department of Defense. “[S]he went on to earn a bachelor’s in European history from Amherst College and then attended Cambridge for her master’s. There, she was one of just a few graduate students selected by the university to receive a full tuition scholarship to pursue her doctorate,” writes DeHaan. “When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she had to return to Germany … [and] spent the days of lockdown with Soldiers attending the Foreign Area Officers’ program there.” 

“I was struck by how diverse their experiences had been and the responsibility that was entrusted to them so early in their career, and by their sense of shared values and purpose,” Michta is quoted as saying. 

So she decided to pursue an Army career for herself, and thanks to “her combined education, cultural exposure and language capabilities, a panel of senior intelligence officers … selected Michta to be the first person to direct commission into the MI Corps.”