Thorson begins a Marshall Scholarship at Oxford this fall, about the same time that Kristin, after finishing airborne school in Georgia, will be arriving in West Germany to begin an Army career in military intelligence.

West Point began accepting women in 1976, but the student body is still only 10 percent female, and less enlightened cadets had initial qualms about taking orders from a female.

Moreover, Baker received an onslaught of letters from old-line West Point graduates saying a female shouldn’t be first captain.

As the sun beats down on the sea of uniforms before her, Kristin Baker stands rigidly at attention, a ceremonial sword sheathed at her side. In a husky voice that belies her slender 5’4″ frame, she bellows, “CLAAASSS DIS-MISSED!

Army only moments before, she must now deliver her final order as West Point’s brigade commander, ending the academy’s commencement.

I am also embarassed at how stupid I was because my father has worked in the same industry his whole life (though never at the company I worked at) and I am named after him and many people know I am his son. It’s not going to change the fundamental outcome here, but it’s likely to make your boss think less poorly of you if your name comes up again.

Beyond that: The fact that you were only there two months actually makes this easier to deal with because you can leave this job off your resume.

The first captain, as she is informally called, oversees all aspects of life for 4,400 cadets: marching them through drills, supervising parades and managing a support staff of 40 upperclassmen, all while carrying a regular course load.

The daughter of a nurse and an Army colonel who graduated from West Point in 1966, Baker faced challenges that former first captains like John Pershing and Douglas Mac Arthur didn’t.

You were only there for two months, so it’s not going to strengthen your candidacy in any real way, and including it will only raise questions.

Just leave it off, don’t include them on your reference list, and move forward.

Unless your industry is really small, this probably isn’t going to follow you — although since your dad works in the same field, it’s worth talking to him to get his advice on that too.