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A Day in the Life of a new Plebe

09 Jul

This was a few years ago, so maybe they’re nicer now…


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Jacqui Murray wrote Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger,IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


 
 

June To Do List for USNA Applicants

21 Jun
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Get into USNA

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next:

First Steps:

If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a few books (or check them out of the library) on the process. It’s worth the investment in time and money because if you pursue this dream, you will be investing much more before achieving your goal. Better to make sure this is the direction you want to go.

Here are two books to get you started:

From the perspective of a woman who was accepted and how she accomplished it. Down-to earth, personal, definitely not dry, and should give confidence to any teen, male or female, considering a military academy their first choice college.

A general and useful overview of the USNA application and the academy in general

Seniors–Accepted?

Permits to Report are still going out–until I-Day. If you get one, notify the Admissions Office of your intention to accept or decline immediately. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

What Happens After USNA Graduation?

31 May

2000337506359067736_rsMore than half USNA graduates matriculate to the Surface Warfare community where they become Surface Warfare Officers onboard Aircraft Carriers, Cruisers, Destroyers, Frigates, Dock landing ships, and other surface vessels, and manage professional and highly trained Sailors to maintain and operate the ship’s systems.

What do they do? Surface Warfare Officers are involved in virtually every aspect of Navy missions. Antisubmarine warfare, anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, land attack, theatre air missile defense, support for Marine Corps and Navy Special Warfare (SEAL) missions, communications, damage control, and shipboard management all rely on the knowledge and expertise of Officers in the Surface Warfare community. During a sea tour, Surface Warfare Officers are in charge of any number of shipboard operations and activities and work with or within the following forces:sw-o1_small1

  • Aircraft Carrier Forces: Provide and coordinate air defense from conventional and nuclear-powered carriers
  • Cruiser-Destroyer Forces: Provide ship attack and defense measures with a wide array of missile and fire power capabilities providing antiair, submarine, and surface warfare support
  • Amphibious Forces: Embark and transport vehicles, cargo, and troops for amphibious assault operations
  • Combat-Logistics Forces: Provide combatant ships with fuel, ammunition, food and supplies, and provide repair, maintenance, and rescue capabilities through fleet support ships
  • Mine Warfare Forces: Detect, identify, and neutralize threats to maritime forces from hostile use of mines

Shore duty may involve a tour-of-duty at the Pentagon, a student assignment at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, or command and management positions at shore bases and stations across the globe.

Before the Surfaced Warfare Officer earns his/her pin (showing s/he has accomplished all hurdles toward this moniker), they attend the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) located in Newport, R.I., where they are trained to navigate a virtual vessel through any number of simulated hazards in the school’s full-mission bridge.

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USNA Commissioning Week

08 May

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May 17-24, 2013 (Parent packages to be mailed in early March 2013)

Download a PDF version of all event information here. (Last updated February (TBD), 2013)

Gate Information:

  • Gate 1vehicular access from 0600-2200 (0100 on Fri & Sat)
  • Gate 1pedestrian access from 0600-2400 (0200 on Fri & Sat)
  • Gate 3vehicular access from 0600-0900/egress 1500-1800 Mon – Fri ONLY
  • Gate 3pedestrian access from 0600-1900 (2200 on Fri & Sat)
  • Gate 8pedestrian/vehicular access 24 hours

View Graduation On Your Computer

For those who will not be attending the event, the 2013 Graduation and Commissioning ceremony can be viewed live on www.PentagonChannel.mil.

Graduation Site

Determination of graduation site will be made early Friday morning and will be posted on the USNA web site or can be obtained by calling 410-293-1000.

In case of inclement weather, graduation will be held at 10 a.m. in Alumni Hall. Only designated indoor ticket holders will be admitted. (Children under 15 years of age, unless related to a member of the graduating class or accompanied by an adult, will not be admitted to the graduation exercises.)

 
 

March To Do List for USNA Applicants

06 Mar
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Get into USNA

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next

First Steps:

If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a few books (or check them out of the library) on the process. It’s worth the investment because if you pursue this dream, you will be investing much more of your time and money before you achieve your goal. Better to make sure this is the direction you want to go.

Here are two books to get you started:

From the perspective of a woman who was accepted and how she accomplished it. Down-to earth, personal, definitely not dry, and should give confidence to any teen, male or female, considering a military academy their first choice college.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

How to Make Your Chance of Acceptance 70%

12 Dec

This may surprise you, but if you can fulfill the USNA listed requirements, they’ll probably take you. It’s not like so many of the other Ivy Leagues where you have to be a magician to be accepted (think Harvard). Here, most candidates drop out of competition for the 1,000 slots when they don’t fulfill the very long list of requirements. Look at the statistics:

If you can fulfill the requirements, you are probably going to get it

If you can fulfill the requirements, you are probably going to get it

This is not to say getting the official nomination, and becoming scholastically/medically/physically qualified is easy. Of course not. USNA doesn’t do ‘easy’. But, there is a way, with steps to get you there.

Check back next week. I’ll start showing you how to chip away at this list.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger,IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write AnythingCurrently, she’s editing a military thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

 
 

Successful USNA Graduates

08 Nov

The Naval Academy is one of the finest educations in the country, if you’re looking for a science background (everyone

Logo of the Naval Academy

Logo of the Naval Academy

gets a BS), a massive work load that must be done in a short amount of time (while holding down a part-time job–yes, you’re paid for the labor), the requirement to incorporate physical with mental calisthenics. The result often is a successful national leader. Specifically:

Who are some of these people?

  • Alan Shepherd, astronaut
  • Jimmy Carter, president
  • Roger Staubach, football
  • Ross Perot, business leader (and presidential candidate)
  • James Stockdale, Medal of Honor recipient and prisoner of war
  • Chester Nimitz, warrior
  • John S. McCain, warrior
  • John McCain, warrior and prisoner of war
  • Oliver North, Vietnam vet

Not too bad of company to keep, huh?

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Jacqui Murray wrote Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger,IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

 
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How to Get Along (Critical Skill #4 for Future USNA Applicants)

13 Oct

If you read the freshman year critical skills post, you know this is the fourth. We’ve covered:

Getting along with people won’t get you in college on its own (especially colleges like the University of California tullamorelitter1that don’t interview applicants), but the Naval Academy wants students who know how to talk to others, how to listen and compromise–all significant factors in ‘getting along’. The Naval Academy Admissions doesn’t take for granted that you can collaborate with others. They assign you a Blue and Gold officer who conducts a formal interview which is graded and reported to the Admissions Board. (More info on the B&G Interview here)

One of the other major hurdles unique to Military Academies is the Congressional Interview. This Board of highly-qualified individuals asks you questions, judges your answers and votes up or down. Without their approval, you won’t get into USNA. If there was every anyone you needed to get along with, it would be them.

So how do you get along? In Kindergarten they teach:

  • take turns
  • share
  • cope with conflict without biting, hitting, kicking

Good start, but you’re in high school now. Time to dig a little deeper:

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Military Academies–Gangnam Style

12 Oct

USNA started it…

And West Point responded…

 
 

October To Do List for USNA Applicants

11 Oct
usna

Get into USNA

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next:

First Steps:

If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a few books (or check them out of the library) on the process. It’s worth the investment because if you pursue this dream, you will be investing much more of your time and money before you achieve your goal. Better to make sure this is the direction you want to go.

Here are two books to get you started:

From the perspective of a woman who was accepted and how she accomplished it. Down-to earth, personal, definitely not dry, and should give confidence to any teen, male or female, considering a military academy as their college of choice.

A general and useful overview of the USNA application and the academy in general

Seniors–Check for Letter of Assurance

Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
 
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