Aubrie and Emma Kuhrt, from Wichita Falls, Texas, have been inseparable since birth, and both of them always wanted to join the military.
This summer was a big milestone for the twin sisters as they parted ways to attend the rigorous phases of military training at different service academies.
Aubrie is heading to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. while her older twin, Emma, is attending the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York.
According to a news release from the Air Force Academy, Emma said, “As long as we can remember, we have wanted to join the military. In about seventh grade, our teacher asked if there was anything in the world we could do, what would it be? And number one on both our lists was to serve in the military.”
Aubrie said, “We didn’t even plan it that way, it happened naturally. We both had this love for service.”
The twins learned about service academies at some point their freshman year. The two were inspired by the opportunities at the academies and then enhanced the traits and chose paths of ideal candidates. They charted a course that would take them far from home and each other.
“We have always slept in the same bedroom, had the same experiences,” Aubrie said, “and now it’s going to be different, but there will definitely be a lot of letters.”
“Long letters,” Emma, added.
Shannon Kuhrt, their mother, said her daughters have “always wanted to serve their country.”
“They started and completed the application process on their own. It was their passion, their dream and they did it,” she noted. “People ask what we did to have [both daughters accepted to an academy], and other than the fact that we raised them to be strong and independent, it wasn’t us—they made this happen for themselves.”
The twins agreed it was important to start building their individual identities and opportunities in life.
Aubrie and Emma could also rely on their faith when cadet basic training got tough. They were inspired by a Bible passage, Isaiah 6:8, which each wore on a necklace as a reminder to persevere.
“I believe God has [a] plan for me, and everything has aligned perfectly for me to be here,” Aubrie said.
The two conquered their basic cadet training phase some eight weeks later. Aubrie has started the academic semester.
“It was difficult to adjust at first, especially since I was unable to talk to Emma, but I made some really awesome friends and kind of found my place here,” Aubrie said.
“I learned that I am stronger than I thought possible … Whatever limit I thought I had, it can be broken, and I can go further,” she added.
After several weeks of basic cadet training, the academic semesters have kicked off, and the twins hope to reunite at the Air Force-Army football game in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Nov. 2.
The Air Force Academy is a four-year program for officer cadets. They are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force upon successful completion of the program. After four years at West Point, cadets also would be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
Newly commissioned officers then would be required to serve their required eight years after graduation, at least five years on active duty and then three years on inactive reservists.