Christine Knott was born in 1949 in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in a military family, spending time in various locations in the U.S. and five years in Tripoli, Libya, when her father was stationed there.
At the age of 34, in 1984, Knott enlisted in the United States Army. She completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and then went to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where she received training as a Spanish-language interrogator. Shortly after completing training, Knott deployed to Panama. After returning from Panama, Knott was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where she was encouraged to become a warrant officer. Having successfully completed warrant officer school, Knott returned to the Defense Language Institute for training in the Russian language.
Knott was then assigned to Fort Ord,California and also to Fort Huachuca, Arizona on a temporary duty assignment. Returning to Fort Bragg after her Fort Ord assignment, Knott deployed to Haiti as part of Operation Uphold Freedom, which took place from 1994 through 1995. Her next assignment, from 1996 to 2000, was to Frankfurt, Germany, also spending time in Bosnia, Hungary, and England.
Knott retired as a Chief Warrant Officer, Four (CW4) in 2004 due to family matters. Her position was civilianized at the same time, and as of August 2010, she continues to work in that position at Fort Bragg as a civilian.