Sarah Gerstein graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 with a BS in comparative politics. She commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Corps and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as North Carolina. Prior to coming to Yale in 2015, she served as a battalion intelligence officer and an assistant brigade intelligence officer in the 25th Infantry Division and commanded a military intelligence company in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. While at Yale, she focused on U.S. foreign policy, grand strategy and security studies. Over the summer, she interned in the Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. She also served as the executive director for the Yale Journal of International Affairs and as a member of the Jackson Student Action Committee. She worked with the NROTC and AFROTC detachments as a mentor for cadets. Her most enjoyable extracurricular activity at Jackson was helping to recruit the incoming classes of Jackson students. She co-authored an article on the structure of the National Security Council and hopes to continue her research into the national security system. Following graduation, she will teach international relations at West Point.