Coast Guard Veteran Kimberly Young-McLear, PhD on Being a Public Servant and a Whistleblower

Coast Guard Veteran Kimberly Young-McLear, PhD served in the military for 20 years, her areas of work ranging from engineering and cyber security to tenured military faculty member. After years of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation for a variety of reasons, she chose to expose the gross misuse of power in how the Coast Guard handled these issues.

Posted on BrainLine February 10, 2023. Reviewed February 10, 2023.

About the author: Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D.

Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D. served in the United States Coast Guard from 2003 to 2023. In 2014, Commander Young-McLear became a whistleblower when she reported gross and unlawful misconduct within the U.S. Coast Guard. Commander Young-McLear’s advocacy has resulted in more than 30 policy improvements across the Coast Guard making the Coast Guard better reflect of U.S. values and increasing compliance with anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws.

Headshot of Kimberly Young-McLear in uniform