Beauty Bui Thi Phuong Ngoc, a 23-year-old graduate from Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, has decided to undertake military service rather than pursuing a job. Ngoc, who resides in Gia Ray town in Dong Nai Province, was drawn to the military uniform since she was in grade five and joined military lesson classes. Although her dream of enjoying the military life faded as she focused on her studies, her affection for the color of military uniforms remained. After interacting with friends serving in the military and coming across videos and images showcasing the military forces, Ngoc decided to apply for military service. Her parents, initially worried about the challenges she would face, ultimately supported her decision.

Beauty Bui Thi Phuong Ngoc (R) receives an announcement letter to enlist in the military. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ngoc also participated in a beauty pageant, a decision she kept a secret from her parents who did not initially support her entry into the entertainment industry. However, when she was announced as one of the finalists, she revealed the news to her parents. Ngoc views the beauty pageant as a way to satisfy her passion and does not intend to pursue it long-term. She believes that beauty may fade, but intelligence and understanding make a person valuable.

Ngoc is eager to undergo a three-month military service as a personal challenge to train herself and strengthen her will. She aspires to serve in the army for an extended period beyond her military service, driven not only by her affection for the color of soldiers’ uniforms but also by the perceived benefits it would bring to her future career and life. Apart from her good looks, Ngoc has also achieved notable academic success, winning the second prize at a province-level literature competition during high school. She actively participates in various Youth Union programs and charity activities and became a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam in grade 12. While military service is not obligatory for women in Vietnam, Ngoc chose to volunteer for it.