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BUILDING A MIDSHIPMAN
How to Crack the United States Naval Academy Application
The ABC’s of the United States Naval Academy Application From a Midshipman who lived it
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Prologue...............................................................................................................................6 Introduction ........................................................................................................................9 Who You Are ....................................................................................................................12 How It All Started ............................................................................................................21 Goal Setting.......................................................................................................................25 Why the US Naval Academy ...........................................................................................29 Who Does the USNA Select .............................................................................................35 Freshman Year .................................................................................................................41 Attend a Local Academy Night Presentation ................................................................46 Sophomore Year...............................................................................................................49 Junior Year .......................................................................................................................60 Attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar ..............................................................68 Get Organized...................................................................................................................73 Completing and Submitting the Application.................................................................77 The Congressional Nomination.......................................................................................82 DoDMERB ........................................................................................................................89 Physical Aptitude Examination ......................................................................................92 Blue and Gold Interview..................................................................................................95 Senior Year .......................................................................................................................97
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SAT/ACT Scores ............................................................................................................109 Updates To Your Application Package........................................................................110 Candidate Weekend Visit..............................................................................................112 You’re Accepted!............................................................................................................116 I-Day and the Oath of Office.........................................................................................119 Timeline...........................................................................................................................122 Meaghan’s Resume ........................................................................................................132 Meaghan’s USNA Application To Do List...................................................................134 USNA vs USAFA—Meaghan’s Decision Matrix ........................................................136 Meaghan’s Workout Spreadsheet ................................................................................137 Recommended Exercise Routine ..................................................................................138 NAVAL ACADEMY SLANG.......................................................................................141 Meaghan’s Letter to Herself .........................................................................................149
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hat are the three most intimidating failures of your life? Taking your driving test? Scoring the winning goal—for the other team? Or, have you failed over and over again, and still believed success lives just ahead, just out of reach but waiting for you?
For the thousands of students who apply every year for one of the four military academies, slogging through the numbing concatenation of decisions preceding a nomination, there is no greater intimidation than the statistically likely event that they will apply and fail. That’s an examination into the pithiness of moral fiber important to the USNA, and eulogized by James Stockdale, USNA ’46 and Medal of Honor Winner: "The test of character is not 'hanging in there' when you expect a light at the end of the tunnel, but performance of duty and persistence of example when you know that no light is For those just beginning the process of applying to the United States Naval Academy, propelled into harms way by the fervor to serve your country and blend your life into “the military family”, the desire for an engineer’s blueprint to articulate the steps, or a mathematical formula that quantifies the process is overwhelming. Anything that will increase those unlikely odds. Luckily, the tunnel you wander down pursuing your dream not only has a light, but footprints to follow. You stumble forward toward the murky pin-prick bobbing up ahead, far down the dark passageway. Its barely there, only just showing through the dimness called ‘growing up’ and the back-light of contradictions between where you are and where you want to be. But, the closer you step toward it, the sharper and clearer the image. And the clarity
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reveals the detail like the layers of a digital picture until, finally, you can make out that goal just past senior year. This true story is for you. The United States Naval Academy provides one of the most prestigious educations available. The caliber of classes, professors, and your fellow students are unmatched anywhere in the country. But it comes with strings attached. You must use that top-notch training in the service of your country for at least five years following graduation, defending our shores and values from enemies, whether the aggressive military type, computer hackers, or benign fellows wearing the face of a neighbor. Every year, over 56,000 students—and 112,000 parents—apply to a military academy, in excess of 14,000 to the United States Naval Academy. How does a normal kid, with a good GPA, a well-rounded life, and a passion to serve his country overcome the mystique of the Naval Academy? The first thought when adults hear ‘USNA’ and ‘college acceptance’ in the same sentence is ‘Wow, you must be smart!’ To all but about 1200 lucky appointees, candidacy resembles Fermat’s Theorem—impossible unless you’re a precocious genius (like Andrew Wiles). The application process puts the chaos in Chaos Theory. Surprisingly, there are no classes in “How to Crack the United States Naval Academy Application” and no books chronicle an effective effort. Surprising, because a methodical, wellorganized series of steps taken in a systematic order will get you there. It may feel like climbing Herndon at the end of Plebe year, but it works. This is the true story of how one All-American kid—like those many that apply—did it. She had no idea she could aim so high and succeed so succinctly. She began by tagging along after her brother’s USNA dream and found herself intrigued by the quality of education, depth of opportunity, and eminence of applicants selected for admittance. Her research into the typical Midshipman uncovered a profile alarmingly like herself. If she dreamt of attending a college where she fit in and attracted kindred souls, this qualified. She took that first step, signing the attendance roster at a local Academy Night, with ninety-seven other students. And with a clear-eyed faith in herself, she began the Academy Application Experience. I’ve catalogued those steps from her first nascent thought through the unreal days of Summer Seminar. I’ve crystallized when the dream became an obsession—
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something she knew she had to try or never forgive herself—and most important. described the strategy behind Luge: “Lie flat and try not to die. Carmen Boyle. is Everygirl. the heroine. And I’ve revealed her strategy to success. The only changes I’ve made are Maggie’s name and those of friends and acquaintances. If Maggie can do it. her academic interests.” Maggie Schmidt. I describe in detail her background. you gain insight into the moral fiber that grounds everything she does and allows her to fight the good fight. and decisions she must make that superficially appear impossible for an adolescent. Building a Midshipman 8 . This is a true story. The reader is left with the feeling. When you first meet Maggie. so can (I)/(my daughter). Exactly the same as the great Olympian. but are in fact achievable for thousands of like-minded teens. as well as her struggle to put together a winning admissions package. The support from family and friends. Along the way. you may wonder. The story’s drama lies in her conversion to a successful candidate. her focus. Like your neighbor or your daughter’s best friend. why does she think an Ivy League school will accept her? She doesn’t earn straight A’s or play quarterback on the football team—or center on the volleyball squad. how she translated vision to reality.
The new year rolled in. And November.INTRODUCTION There are no secrets to success. but more recently with trepidation—for months. hard work. they don’t invite everyone. Candidate Number xxxxxx. and departed. As did October. are eight and a half by eleven sheet of stationary. on an innocuous in a legal size envelope. It is the result of preparation. —Colin Powell C delivered ongratulations! On being accepted to one of the premiere institutions of higher education in the United States. humid June days of Summer Seminar. and still no word. addressed to you. September arrived. you were told an acceptance letter could arrive anytime after September.” Those words from the United States Naval Academy. Maggie Clara Schmidt. You arrived in Annapolis in Building a Midshipman 9 . You have awaited that envelope— During the sometimes filled with hope. learning from failure. but worried— when would yours arrive? Why did he hear first?? Will they take you? Then the Administration invited you to Candidate Visit Weekend—this must be positive! Your Blue and Gold Officer agreed. You celebrated with him. Then humbling news: A friend received his acceptance letter.
but no letter. For four years. returned home to California. Lots of reassurances. here it is. male friends ask why you want to fight. The first thing you do is post on IM (Instant Messenger): “I’m in!” Everyone you know understands what that means. You must be smart. You email a Plebe friend.” The moniker firmly tattooed onto USNA students. and still no admittance. They’re sending their precious child into the proverbial “harm’s way”. Hooyah! Congratulations pour in. Had I been present at the creation. Girlfriends want to meet your male classmates. survived the freezing winter weather without complaint. You will be an employee of the United States Armed Services.” And you are. in your hand. It’s as though you now belong to the nation’s largest fraternity. You were always sure they would accept you—what’s not to like? Tears burst uninvited from your eyes. I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe. Your parents can’t stop smiling. Some people nod and smile.” “Wow. Now. Your smart friends accept you into their MENSA club. with no understanding of the path you have chosen. When you wear your USNA jacket (Sprint Football—from your Midshipman pal). That makes it official. —13th century Philosopher Building a Midshipman 10 . and a passing car slows to stare at your antics. you will be Midshipman Schmidt. “You have the right to be extremely proud of yourself. memories and advice for the newbie. Military seniors talk about their Navy days. and that’s a good thing. a loyal bond of friendship forged by those who wear the uniform. No longer will you be “Varsity soccer player Maggie Schmidt” or “Our concertmaster Maggie Schmidt”. their work is done.January. I’m going to the United States Naval Academy. “Are you in the Navy?” “No. people ask. to follow the noblest path available since man first engaged in war. and his reply addresses you “Midshipman Schmidt”.
you will be running and jumping and sweating through Plebe Summer. But you don’t want a break.All of them feel extreme pride for you. or did they accept me for who I am? And who am I? Let us go then. their friend. what happened? Was it prestidigitation. you and I When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table There will be time. Eliot Building a Midshipman 11 . "Do I dare?" ~~T. and then pity that. You sit back and wonder. while they spend last lazy days before entering the college classroom. It’s time to start your future.S. there will be time To wonder.
You’re a muscular 5’6”. deceit. I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist. Dimples decorate your face every time you crack an unsolvable math problem. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. Freckles pepper the bridge of your nose and high cheekbones declare your European ancestry. You can smell the rancid scent of disingenuouty. I will never surrender of my own free will. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. If in command. You value principles and hard work— which might make you an oddity on the high school campus if not for the similar group you’ve found. with wavy auburn hair—permed once. Clear eyes sparkle with a menacing intelligence that demands honesty and forthrightness from those who draw their focus. — USNA Code of Conduct Y our name is Maggie Clara Schmidt. but never dyed. unravel the physics of an everyday event. 135 pounds.CHAPTER ONE WHO YOU ARE I am an American. like spoiled food. and posturing on those around you. a freshman at the local public high school. or enjoy the humor of your friends. You resisted the childhood fad of piercing ears or other body parts (lucky for you because the USNA now requires a waiver for all piercings and tattoos). Building a Midshipman 12 .
Oliver Wendell Holmes. The room shrunk to the Desk—a compact space with books. they spent the money on music lessons and sports—and then tutoring when the full force of high school hit.For your entire life. it didn’t fit. martial arts (what your mom calls a ‘life skill’). and sometimes where you just sat amidst nature to study. pencils—the accoutrements of a student. his military rigor and toughness brought both of you through. Somehow. You redecorated your bedroom once in soft pinks and purples. Your Uncle spent twenty years in the Navy—starting as NROTC at New Mexico State University. church and academics—a pentagonal foundation for life. two Labrador retrievers (bed Labs of course). His son—a fellow martial artist—followed him into the Marines and you attended his boot camp graduation at the San Diego Marine Corps Recruiting Depot. You spent thousands of hours preparing for your Shaolin kenpo black belt with a Master Sergeant in the Marines. papers. but. Across the street stretches a park where your AYSO and Club soccer teams practiced dribbling. busy-ness replaced the popularity contest other girls spent hours a day pursuing. Several cousins tried military life. Since elementary school. concerts. living room furniture. Test day. you lived (past tense now that your official residence has become the Naval Academy) in a middle-class two-story California home with a younger brother. where you perfected martial arts kenpos for competitions. your days have been a balancing act of physical activities. music and studies. Between sports. It took seven years before your parents bought "I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand. your life resembles the tightly woven fabric of the Navy’s dress blues." . like coraframs (USNA dress shoes) that you can’t wait to kick off of tired feet. where you struggled with the flexed arm hang for the USNA Physical Aptitude Examination. as in what direction we are moving. Jr. but never again because you stopped noticing the walls and bed covers. Your heritage is imbued with the scent and feel of the military. the couch so old even the Salvation Army refused it. You tried only once to be “fashionable”—in sixth grade—but "Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" -Winston Churchill Building a Midshipman 13 . Instead. and two parents. One grandpa served as a Navy seaman during WWI and the other survived three wars as a proud Marine.
well into the unemployed years. you gravitated toward family activities. until your brother’s fourth grade. that confluence of events—an at-home parent just as your cerebral characteristics Unexpectedly. And if you had free time. your mom retired to manage his learning difficulties. Your Dad begins cooking. and what a cook he turns out to be! Bar-bques. That makes you a hit with your friends. crock pot meals. They husband their "You play the hand you're dealt. and now live on the equity. candies. fruit. No one in your family buys new clothes just to be in style. The important activities remain. Julia Child casseroles. Lewis Building a Midshipman 14 . Boxed breakfast cereal almost disappears from the menu. Your dad has a sharp sense of humor. spent at least five hours in church activities. Though you didn’t understand it at emerged—changed your life. You never went to school hungry (you still struggle to control your weight. you barely noticed it. It became clear that perspicacity soothed your spirit like comfort food.couldn’t quiet your outspoken tongue.Paul Valery providential year. you begin wondering how the family has enough money for everything. and ten to fifteen hours in soccer." ." — C.S. like music lessons. you find that you despise fast food. and sports. oatmeal. You had already learned parsimonious lessons. Hardier and healthier food starts the morning—yoghurt. Not to mention studying. academic tutoring. the time. even as it charted new waters. homemade granola. You learned that trait from him—the value of jest in social interactions. Mom cooks many meals from scratch—breads. Over time. although now the family eats what’s on sale. especially as you bulk up with muscle). Sometime during high school. I think the game's worthwhile. Your mom explains that they purchased the house fifteen years ago out of foreclosure. baked spaghetti. his quick wit defusing many tense situations. That "The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. long-term parental unemployment produced few changes in your life. too. Both of your parents pursued careers in addition to parenting. as well as maintain various and sundry bumps and potholes along childhood’s path—until your dad “retired” four years later. so you don’t feel denied. In fact. violin ten hours a week. You practiced karate four to six hours a week.
you are too busy to shop the malls. not the campus organizer. not the poet. who gives us freedom of speech. This becomes your first real lesson in budgets. The death of your Grandma takes you to Wisconsin for four days. Province Building a Midshipman 15 . -. you get the A in math you worked against all odds to get. It is the soldier. Family vacations end up the mandated travel accompanying childhood. who gives us freedom of the press. In the end. knowing that experiencing success results in self-confidence. It is the soldier who serves beneath the flag. You sweat through a week in Ontario California competing in the American Youth Soccer Organization International Tournament (you lost). and whose coffin is draped by the flag. Sometimes you win a karate competition. Truly. And you learn to accept the hand dealt you by fate and God. who gives the demonstrator the right to burn the flag. You and your brother spend nine days in a summer orchestra camp playing Grieg and Shostakovich. And other times. It is the soldier. who salutes the flag. you score a hat-trick. In high school. you feel self-assured and in control.Charles M. The breadth of activities that fill your days and weeks means one always excels. but nothing lacking. even as another founders. you participate in the Naval Academy and USAFA Summer Seminars. Sometimes. not the reporter. Even if you had the money. who gives us freedom to protest. as you come to understand the trade-off made on a daily basis in balancing a finite amount of money against infinite wants and needs. Your parents put the family income (and eventually savings) into keeping the children busy. or participate in parties and movies that other teens take for granted. It is the soldier.funds: nothing wasteful. redo your wardrobe. followed by three weeks at the University of Notre Dame’s summer science workshop.
Well. Model United Nations in ninth grade became Academic Decathlon in tenth grade. Your weekly agenda includes the Building a Midshipman 16 . You played soccer for nine years. or deposits and withdrawals. Shaolin-kenpo karate replaced ballet. You never quit. Your parents believe in God. You started violin in fourth grade. you continued. retooling weak classes and working ahead in other subjects. If you struggled with grades. the more dependable route isuntil you be there persistence. Martial arts had become a part of you. You never felt failure. your persistence brought excellence. Wherever you are. once you did. Though some people succeed by skill or brilliance. It evolved to tae-boxing. Years of dedication and constant practice have made you one of the best violinists in the area. you attend summer school. If a good reason to quit evolves. the corollary to “Never Quit” takes over: You begin another activity. ‘Tenacity’ is the patent ingredient to success. like the formula for Coke or the secret to aspirin. you excelled with music. another waned. Everything just works better with tenacity. those around you. until you completed all the dojo’s classes and belt levels. One doesn’t work without the other. This constant activity distilled to a Life Lesson: Diversity and doggedness equates to success.But most summers. If your music mired. You were never allowed to ballet again. kickboxing. Success shadows tenacity. Working hard. Ultimately. Over time. you won karate competitions. Even when many friends dropped music in favor of parties or hanging out in seventh and again in tenth grade. and participate in church youth activities. though the inspiration to many for quitting. you took ball et for one month and quit. Anything. And you learned one of life’s guiding rules: Never never never give up. You received First Communion and Confirmation. like Sonny and Cher. At the age of seven. either at the high school or the local community college. No matter how inconsequential. and then took up cross country. which segued to the International Baccalaureate degree program as a junior. this engendered a positive personality and inability to admit defeat—characteristics that serve as pointmen in navigating high school’s minefields. is why you succeed more often than leave. because as one endeavor waxed. but not blindly. You studied this martial art for seven years. Your family hates quitting. and finally boxing. As do most of your friends. quitting requires a seminal decision.
a moral judgment. during senior year. Pros and cons are debated. often with no clear resolution. You have followed the Honors path since elementary school. as did the A in Math Analysis. That categorized as a success. but not the straight A’s. the priest traded the sermon for a presentation on the benefits of on-line dating—and that was the last mass attended.church’s moral guidance and sometimes subjective opinions. you’d be able to hold on longer than zero seconds—or eighteen seconds. You started at zero seconds. trying your hardest. give it 100%. To this day. organized religion had metamorphosed into a way of life. but your Dad knew you weren’t trying your hardest. Another one of life’s guiding lessons. enjoy it. to see—where do your personal limits lie? How much can you accomplish if you must? The USNA PAE (Physical Aptitude Examination requires you to hang from a bar (chin over the bar.” That didn’t make a lot of sense at first. because you’d done your best.” —Garth Brooks could do. You learned the true joy of pushing yourself to a breaking point. And then one Sunday. “Wherever you are. it didn’t matter that Sundays no longer started with church because by that time. embracing the commitment required to accomplish the accelerated demands.” Whatever consumes you at a particular moment in time. One church sermon woven into the fabric of family life taught. a concept. Just do it. it is merely survived If you're standing outside the fire. but not the first place. You got B’s in AP Physics and AP Calculus. You thought that represented the best you Do not go gentle into that good night. but gradually. Ultimately. Your family stresses achieving to your potential. you hear his words… “If you were hanging from a window outside a burning building. The drive home on Sundays serves as a debriefing of the priest’s instructions. Sometimes your hold on this Building a Midshipman 17 . slowly. A reverence that required no human homily to reinforce. But respect for God envelopes all conversations. and don’t wish for what isn’t." --Dylan Thomas “Life is not tried. but not the win. yes—you came to understand what that concept meant: No excuses. and finishing the race. palms out) for eighteen seconds. be there till you leave.
you participated in the University of Notre Dame’s three-week hands-on biology seminar. and you’re pretty good at them. You won the coveted Academic Achievement Award in Science (awarded by the high school science department). But. You don’t have 1600 SAT’s. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Sports and music have always been critical activities. when all USNA applications have been reviewed and selections made. you embody proof that the United States Naval Academy doesn’t select students based on a formula. or the highest GPA—nor the penultimate. concertmaster in several orchestras. Sometimes. Building a Midshipman 18 . You served as president of the Young Musician’s Guild. You aren’t an All-State athlete or a CIF star with six Varsity letters like some of the applicants you meet. you were nervy enough to join cross country your senior year as preparation for the paradoxical dream/nightmare of Plebe Summer. You struggle for the grades you get. You trained in Shaolin kenpo karate until you secured a Second degree Black Belt and instructor certification. which means you know how to work through difficult challenges. IB Group leader. and it takes too much time from academics. and successfully represented your dojo in Martial Arts competitions nationwide.scholastic label slips. and merited semifinalist in the Siemens Westinghouse science competition (a three-year-long independent research project on phenotypic and genotypic differences between plants on two tectonic plates). You find yourself safeguarding your time in an effort to balance the many pivotal events against insufficient minutes. .Edmund Burke You received B’s in AP Physics and AP Biolog y (and an A in Chemistry). And. and other times you can’t seem to find the fulcrum. you achieve an unsteady equilibrium. Additionally. You aren’t an ASB leader—you don’t like its popularity focus. as well as an active community service participant. even as you struggle with its puzzling convolutions. But. Yes. you doggedly worked your soccer skills until you won a spot on the Varsity team. but you’re considered a star in science. like that bar you so precariously grasp. you love science.
Your goals. No school better values these characteristics than the United States Naval Academy." Take the space below to talk about yourself.By the end of high school. dreams. In the words of Dr Martin Luther King… "… if there is not something so important. Does it fit the United States Naval Academy? _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Who are you? Building a Midshipman 19 . what you enjoy doing. you’ve developed a passion for achieving and an insatiable intellectual curiosity. so dear to a man's heart that he is willing to die for it. Then read it. then he isn't fit to live.
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the academics attracted your interest—over-powering while integral to Midshipman life. at least fails while daring greatly. Man in the Arena A speech by Theodore Roosevelt Y ou didn’t even know the US Naval Academy existed until your brother decided to attend a Service Academy Night at the School District.CHAPTER TWO HOW IT ALL STARTED It is not the critic who counts. Low class sizes taught by skilled professors whose primary function required that Midshipmen learn the material to be used in the defense of the nation. because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. who comes short again and again. Mom joined him and when they returned. who spends himself in a worthy cause. who strives valiantly. or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. “Am I that patriotic?” “Do I have to cut my hair?” “Could I wear a uniform all day. and who at the worst. but who does actually strive to do the deeds. so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. You wonder.” Like the irrepressible pull of gravity. pronounced. the great devotions. if he fails. who errs. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. He’s a year younger and a passionate student of military history. who knows great enthusiasms. For the academically-inclined. who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement. and follow someone’s orders without question? Building a Midshipman 21 . not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles. “It’s you. whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood. this is irresistible.
is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. You spearhead school groups—assuming leadership in the command void characterizing high school group efforts. knowing as Abraham Lincoln did. But you look back at your life. makes cowards of men. nothing which is more important than his own personal safety. and competed in cross country (you also played basketball for one year. which thinks that nothing is worth war. You march to a different trumpet—the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’s’ “…trumpet that will never call retreat…”. And that has made all the difference. . but we won’t talk about that). The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling. but not the ugliest of things. Building a Midshipman 22 . The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight. You are impatient with people who don’t commit their best every waking moment. The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost Hesburg’s uncertain trumpet. You learned to persevere. is much worse." You respect authority and embrace hard work. recognizing that a hesitant leader is akin to the sound of Theodore War is an ugly thing. You spent seven years in karate. A reluctant leader. because you’ve been forced to try and try again with your studies. as though you stepped from the water to solid ground.John Stuart Mill …I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood. seven years in soccer. blurry sections came into focus revealing a crystal clear image. You are athletic.“Could I trust these people with my next nine years? And what would I do for the military once I graduate?” Military life remains an uncertain decision. when they should protest. "To sin by silence. and I— I took the one less traveled by. Year after year.
You’ll have to outwork everyone else just to stay even. It seems prudent to take that first step. And that’s OK because you triumph. until two roads diverge… and a choice presents itself… What are some of the questions you have about the Naval Academy. whether it fits your life goals? List them here. The bottom line: The USNA recognizes many paths to a successful Plebe. and drive yourself without mercy. It’s about the way your mind works. your experience there. and a simpler class satisfies school requirements. But you take it. Add to this list and get them answered as you work through the process: _____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ Building a Midshipman 23 . one foot forward.Sometimes teachers wonder why you take that ambitious class.
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Often contradictory.CHAPTER THREE GOAL SETTING We make war that we may live in peace. no one yet has invented a time machine to unring the proverbial bell. and others demand academics and sports/fine arts/community service/a passionate involvement in something. never never never give up even one extra-credit point on a test). social and economic bells. Many future-shaping decisions become final based on these four “This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind. then you have made a choice. but effective. If you don’t commit yourself to “do” high school (work hard. and intents. Some insist you take the toughest academic load possible. or whether to act…” General Omar Bradley seminal years. —Aristotle C an a high school freshman be goal-oriented? Should they—or is this too early? Though many deliberate. ‘No goals’ means decisions are made for you. It’s passive. focus. Some colleges value just the academic load. while others choose based on GPA and class-rank. choices must be made early in the high school years regarding ambitions. And high school requires the ringing of many academic. Each time you make Building a Midshipman 25 . take challenging classes.
Without a plan. Because it is just that—a habit. ‘Goals’ focuses you on the future. any course of action that leads away from your dreams. Great Grades No one cares about your future as much as you do. rather than act aggressively and passionately in your best interests.the decision to skip studying for one test. Rage against any grasp-shortening decision. It has less to do with skill than tenacity. Too many compromises. and goals become dreams for someone ‘luckier’ than you. Make a habit of completing tasks. or make the decision to not put the extra time into one project. you shorten the height of your grasp on the future. Over the years. not making excuses for inaction. you have empowered your future. you will be forced to react to circumstances. To paraphrase Dylan Thomas: Never go gently into that good night. Never a good plan when you’re talking about eternity. the Academy has educated: Naval Individual Science Research Proficient Musician IB Hard Classes Top 9% of Class GOALS Extra Activities One President of the United States Eighteen Members of Congress Four State Governors Four Secretaries of the Navy One Secretary of the Air Force Three Chairmen of Joint Chiefs of Staff Two Vice Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs Martial Artist Twenty-five Chiefs of Naval Operations Eight Commandants of the Marine Corps Seventy-three Medal of Honor Awardees One Nobel Prize Awardee Fifty Astronauts Thirty-three Rhodes Scholars Building a Midshipman 26 . or any choice that compromises your ability to accomplish. And if you do care. if you take those first and second and third steps toward being the captain of your ship. ‘No goals’ buries you in the past. A life pattern of reaching the sheer drop of the cliff before you stop.
your life goals? _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________. “You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going. Think about the people who have graduated from the Naval Academy.” Think about the jobs you will be doing for five years after you graduate. Does this fit you. Building a Midshipman Page 27 . because you might not get there.Ten Marshall Scholars Seventy-four Olmsted Scholars Six hundred nineteen Burke Scholars Here’s where eight years of hard work in high school and college put the graduates of USNA Class of 2001: Aviation Nuclear Power Special Warfare 295 190 15 Staff Corps Engineer Marine Corps 1 1 103 In the words of Yogi Berra.
Now. Pick the ones that will challenge you but be do-able. fill in your goals for high school. Don’t be shy! Read through Maggie’s ideas. Be sure they are in-line with what the Naval Academy will require when you finally get to that all-important application process: GOALS Building a Midshipman Page 28 . Talk to family and counselors.
The Naval Academy explains why so many high school seniors apply every year: “Midshipmen are good students. cutting edge facilities and equipment.CHAPTER FOUR WHY THE US NAVAL ACADEMY? Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. —Ronald Reagan H ow do you precipitate from eighteen years of growing and learning that your perfect college is spelled ‘USNA’? What should you consider to be sure this unique approach befits your future? Without a doubt. They are people who don’t want to settle for the ordinary. --John F.” Building a Midshipman Page 29 . We the Taxpayers pay for your college experience. including the flight that takes you to Induction Day. physically and personally. because Congress sees this as a necessary commitment to building America’s future. And it’s free. the Naval It’s prestigious and Academy sounds great: A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Kennedy highly competitive. They like the idea of being challenged mentally. leaders in their high schools and communities and participants in competitive sports. That’s right. the routine or the easy. but the Marines don't have that problem. putting you shoulder to shoulder with those who will decide the future. The young men and women who choose the Naval Academy look for more than a college degree. It offers undergraduates world-class. But other common qualities of midshipmen don’t show up in statistics.
Navy. one quality can’t Building a Midshipman Page 30 The greatest accolade given the U.Midshipmen receive the highest quality education with the assurance of meaningful employment after college in a job where they can make a difference. McCain! They have taught you too well. Sometimes you just seem to like it. Like the three branches of the United States government. You must be prepared to use the hard-taught skills to lead men and women through life-threatening the circumstances—with how to do just that. They don’t pay for four-years of Ivy League college to create a research scientist. It’s the easiest. and asks you to be exactly what you already are. but better. a person formed in a heroic mold. well-rounded high school graduates not afraid The product of the Naval Academy is not an engineer.S. honest. from which clothes to wear (no choice). The product is a citizen. a chemist. because it uses your inborn talents. The product is a person dedicated to caring for the enlisted men and women of the U. The product is a person who recognizes excellence and is willing to strive for it. academic and moral—a unique tercet in college education. their academic and personal choices are limited. Naval Academy in the Vietnamese Communist prison was the statement the camp commander. a political scientist.S. made to John Sidney McCain III. Major Bui. you have found that life’s fittest path inherently suits your natural skills and innate abilities. Over time. even as it appears the most intransigent. The product is a person who will do the right thing for no other reason than it is the right thing to do. In return. those people who do most of the work and most of the dying in our Navy. who we hope will never have to be a hero. but who we are confident has the fortitude to go in harm’s way to protect the Republic.” confidence that you know . or a physicist. native cleverness. which classes to take (little choice) to summer vacation (forget that—you are an employee of the US Government). The Naval Academy seeks moral. Midshipmen concentrate on three areas: Physical. ’58. an actor or a musician. The sole product of the Naval Academy is leaders. when John refused an early propaganda release: “They have taught you too well. to challenge themselves or embrace hard work.
to build a successful leader. who sees academic excellence in perspective. No matter the statistics trumpeting how many grads Fortune 500 companies hire straight out of a university.succeed alone. Here are the Pros and Con Maggie used in her college decision. The result will be a tool allowing you to arrive at an informed decision. the Navy stands behind their training by employing every graduate. you also find those just like you. collect information. While you do find students with 1600 SATs and GPA’s that scream straight A’s. And like a design-build architectural firm.” The underpinnings of this maxim proclaim the long-standing and unspoken balance between academics/sports/arts that allows for a well-rounded graduate who can relate to the world on a personal and empathetic basis.2% USAFA High High None Imp 15% 2 Yes No Rigorous Built in Profs Yes! 50 states No Maybe Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes UND High High Yes Imp 5% 2 Yes Yes Exciting Easier Good Very ?? Exc’lnt Yes Yes Yes ?? Yes No Scripps High High Yes Yes ?? 2 Yes Yes Exciting They help Most Yes ?? Good Yes ?? ?? ?? Yes No UCLA High High Yes Imp ?? 2 Yes Yes No Easier ?? ?? ?? Good Yes Yes Yes ?? No No GPA SAT SATII Class standing Top % Yrs foreign language Take toughest classes IB Easy 4 years? Easy getting job after Quality of teaching Fun? Cultural Diversity Has an orchestra Grad school opp. and fill in the boxes. and it takes all three to make the whole Midshipman. As you research your schools. Cross country Team Soccer Team Karate Team Non-scientific major Fresh/Soph housing Percent admitted Physical fitness req’d Attrition rate You gain some understanding of this symbiotic relationship from the adage. no guarantee is given. Adapt it to the criteria important to you. Few colleges or universities share this unique confidence. as part of the larger whole. Building a Midshipman Page 31 . visit the campuses. “C students rule the world. USNA High High None Imp 20% 2 Yes No Rigorous Built in Profs Yes! 50 states No Maybe Yes Yes Yes No Yes 12% Yes 5.
Sir Winston Churchill The last turns out to be critical to the USNA selection process. fate’s hand prods you toward a military school.” (Admiral Chester W. (USNA Admissions video. At the end of the day. its easily-available tutoring." .' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. from parsing a cogent and pithy essay to delivering a poised speech. its eminently qualified professors. Once again. It is no use saying. its small class size. self-reliance. And why does the Naval Academy pick you? “To insure safety at sea. the best that science can devise and that naval organization can provide must be regarded only as an aid. Nimitz. you needn’t major in science or engineering. English has always been an easy subject for you.The Naval Academy’s selection process requires facility in unusual academic areas— proficiencies most other schools don’t rank among the qualities important to acceptance: 1) 2) 3) 4) pass rigorous physical tests of upper and lower body strength follow complicated instructions to fruition think quickly on your feet communicate well with the written and spoken word. Class of 1905) Building a Midshipman Page 32 . 'We are doing our best. and never as a substitute for good seamanship. “Leaders for America 2003”) sense of ultimate responsibility which are the first requisites in a seaman and naval officer. you’ll pick the US Naval Academy not because of its world-class education. and a The Honor Concept becomes a Midshipman’s way of life. To graduate. but you must transfer information in a highly effective manner. or its Ivy League look… You’ll pick it because you want to learn.
in the lines below: _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________. moral accountability as well as stunning academics? Discuss your thoughts here. Building a Midshipman Page 33 . does that fit you? Are you interested in physical excellence.When you read what the USNA expects of its Midshipman.
You’ll probably find as Maggie did that if you aim for the Naval Academy. GPA SAT SATII Class standing Top % Years of foreign language Take the toughest classes IB Easy 4 years? Ease of getting job after Quality of teaching Fun? Cultural Diversity Has an orchestra Grad school opportunity Cross country Team Soccer Team Karate Team Non-scientific major Fresh/Soph housing guaranteed Percent admitted Physical fitness required Attrition rate Building a Midshipman Page 34 . Add those and find out which colleges will value that talent/skill of yours.Here’s your chance to fill out expectations of your top five colleges. That’s because the USNA wants the entire package of skills. List them as column headings as Maggie did (hers were ‘USNA’. it will qualify you for most other potential schools. Some of them won’t apply to you—like ‘Orchestra’—but add your particular talent. not just a few. Maybe you’re in band. ‘UND’. Visit their websites and fill in the blanks. ‘Scripps’. and ‘UCLA’). or glee club. ‘USAFA’.
CHAPTER FIVE WHO DOES THE USNA SELECT? Hard pressed on my right. Ross Perot reasons. When acceptance letters were issued. that made the difference when the Review Board passed judgment? No exact physical or scholastic profile of the standard Midshipman exists. A smaller group just changed their mind. many weren’t scholastically eligible. about ten percent of those original numbers were offered an appointment. My center is yielding. I am attacking. The closest description for a successful applicant includes a physiognomy of intellectual and mental competence with the outward manifestation of confidence. What qualities did some have that others didn’t. Naval Academy hopefuls applied to become part of your Class of 2008.000 U. Building a Midshipman Page 35 . Situation excellent. at the Battle of the Marne M ore than 14. Of those. some were disqualified for medical Notable USNA Graduates: President Jimmy Carter Sen. Chester Nimitz Presidential candidate H. Impossible to maneuver. and still others failed the physical aptitude examination. John McCain Astronaut Alan Shepard Fleet Adm.S. —Ferdinand Foch.
high school grades and SAT/ACT scores determine the warmth of the greeting the package they spend hours preparing will receive. but expert at nothing. but doesn’t take into account distinctive strengths nor 14. public speaking. Or.4). http://www.680 2. medically. This matrix may be black and white in its objectivity. Like accomplished artist.101 4. like your brother Sean. the fiveminute mile athlete (you’re best mile scorched in at six minutes twenty-one seconds and your cross country PR puffed across the finish line at twenty-one From the USNA website.usna. Admissions subpage minutes).For the typical college application. extra-curricular Combined SAT & American College Testing (ACT) Program Scores Score Ranges SAT (ACT) 700(31-36) 600-699(26-30) <600(<26) community service. or the skill of fencing.479 1. USNA—and other college—loves the star football player School Honors and Activities Student body/council/government president or vice president Class president or vice president School club president or vice president School publication staff National Honor Society Varsity athletics Varsity letter winner Dramatics. the top five ranks in the graduating class (you’re the top 10 percent. sports/physical.edu . You’re great at everything.100 1. the 1600 SAT scholar (you have 1420). physically Offers of admission Admitted seek to understand problems or shortfalls bound to develop over four high school years. one of the best The 10% 12% 29% 30% 56% 89% 85% 87% 9% 12% 15% Rank in High School Class First fifth Second fifth Third fifth Fourth fifth Fifth fifth 80% 14% 5% 1% 0% double bass musicians every in California. the Verbal 24% 51% 25% Math 35% 51% 14% college will pay attention to your hook: that spectacular something you bring to the school’s student body. If you’re lucky. Some colleges add ‘class standing’ and/or ‘community service’ to the formula.228 CLASS OF 2007 Applicants and Nominees Applicants (includes nominees) Number of applicants with an official nomination Nominees qualified scholastically. despite a GPA of 4. The college attracted to you will have to be interested in the equal concentration you have placed on the C’s and S’s—cognitive Building a Midshipman Page 36 . artistic. activities. debating Leader of musical group Eagle Scout/Gold Award Boys/Girls State or Nation (which you aren’t). Some universities review the whole person—academics.
You are in the top 10%. 1400 on SATs. martial arts). and many many Honors/IB/AP classes ‘Medically A vast number of medical conditions disqualify an applicant. This compares to an Ivy League school qualified’ that considers the whole applicant. academically. Here destiny takes charge: What the Naval Academy really looks for is the mobias strip student—physically.46 GPA. The Building a Midshipman Page 37 . a company work. a civilization work. Most high school seniors fit this description. spiritual (extra-curricular efforts) and sports (soccer. so you proceed to Eligibility Level Two: • • • • be found scholastically qualified by the Admissions Board be medically qualified pass the Naval Academy's Physical Aptitude Examination. and morally rounded. and receive an official nomination from one of many sources available “Individual commitment to a group effort– that is what makes a team work. 4.(academics). Complete and accomplished. creative (music). a society work. no beginning or end.” Let’s define that… ‘Scholastically The top 20% of your class. The Naval Academy Basic Requirements for Eligibility begin with: United States citizen: Good moral character At least seventeen years old and not past twentythree Unmarried Not pregnant No dependents.
either U. send you to specialists if needed. There are minimum scores for passing. standing long jump. push-ups. like laser surgery. but if you only squeak by in each category. and help you through the process of applying for waivers. sprints. Examination (PAE)’ ‘Receive official an You can be nominated by your Congressman. so failed the hang (passed all the others. You applied for all four nominations and got one from Congressman Cox (for both the USNA and the USAFA—an unusual occurrence for a Nominating Board). and shuttle run. and/or the Vice President. If they pass. All Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) attendees take the PAE. they retake it and submit the official score for evaluation. The VP package was simple (he received most of the information from the Naval Academy).S. You have perfect health. This involved process requires many letters of recommendation for Congressmen and Senators. Senator for your state. If they fail. they’re done. but failing one category means failing the whole test). Some medical conditions immediately disqualify you. ‘Pass Naval Academy Physical Aptitude the This includes hanging from a bar (pull-ups for men). while the others relied on the submittal package. you’ll fail. Your Cross Country coach administered it in October—after much preparation— and you passed with flying colors. You didn’t know you should go to NASS prepared for the PAE. A passing grade requires higher than the minimum score.qualified’ USNA will have their own doctors give you a physical. Only the Congressman required a personal interview. nomination’ Building a Midshipman Page 38 . with Aviator Qualified vision.
in the areas the will be looking at. You have a good friend who didn’t get the call from his Congressman until Mid May—far after the final date of April. and openings remain. When the class is full. There’s the Send-the-Limo kid—a slam-dunk. you listen to stories describing electrifying selectees. As you work with your Academy representative. The night that phone call came in changed his life forever. completed for one more year.Sounds simple. It’s a rolling admittance: USNA accepts qualified candidates as they find them. And another friend heard four days prior to I-Day. Many get in just by surviving the application process. A few fortunates will only be accepted if they wait until an early-selected says no. but how does it fit what the Naval Academy wants: Your PSAT/SAT/ACT scores: 1st time: ______________________ 2nd time: ______________________ 3rd time: ______________________ 4th time: ______________________ 5th time: ______________________ Your class standing: Building a Midshipman Page 39 . You may be a stunning high school student. They both changed their summer plans and jetted to Annapolis to raise their right hand. gotta have him applicant who gets his Letter of Interest in September. their work ends. requiring applicants to persevere and pay attention to minutiae—characteristics important to success as a Midshipman. And that’s part of the process: The Navy wants the procedure to be meticulous. He’d given up hope. but even the grandest project depends on the success of the smallest components. Use the space below to consider where you are right now along the qualification requirements of the Naval Academy.
Your physical aptitude: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ ________. Any medical issues? _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ ______________. Building a Midshipman Page 40 ._______________________________________________ Your extra-curricular activities: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ ______________.
conduct. At this uncertain precipice.0 student stands shoulder to shoulder with the star athlete. L of desire. Too many changes to think about where to go to college! But. or intensity All over the country. “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game. hard work. Every one approaches the starting line. The 4. and Freshman Year Critical Skills How to solve problems How to manage my time How to prioritize How to get along with people How to think you’re about to find out if you’re a winner. ou Holtz. or academic issues. crossing the freshman threshold with the same opportunities. Building a Midshipman Page 41 . whether you are a winner or a loser. and same possibilities for their future. willpower.CHAPTER SIX FRESHMAN YEAR Liberty can and will be restricted when a midshipmen has performance. and the C student who aspires to nothing more than minimum wage work has an equal chance that inspiration will strike. freshman year equates to making decisions and growing up. not knowing if the race will be won with brains. Town liberty is granted only when authorized. o o o Saturday 1030-2200 Must wear the uniform of the day Must remain within 22 miles of the Chapel Dome. once exhorted. if you believe that—which you don’t—you’ve missed the opportunity to judiciously select the first steps and the first path leading to your future. all students are equal. the University of Notre Dame’s erudite ex-coach.” High School is like the second half.
Over the summer. because what seemed important several years ago blurs with the passage of time. ‘Awards and Honors’. You have been selected for many Honor Orchestras. or an academic path pursuing your equivalent love of science and math? Not a decision a fourteen-year old need make the summer before her freshman year in high school. At this confluence of childhood and maturity. You are well-familiar with conventional repertoire like ‘Meditation de Thais’ and Lalo’s ‘Symphonie Espagnole’. Sign up for the twelve-game high school summer soccer league. This life-decision has yet to be made: Do you pursue your passion for music. not yet discouraged by losses. internal politics. ‘Leadership’. It includes categories for ‘Academics’. and first violin with Pacific Symphony’s youth orchestra. you try to organize the next four years: Set up an Excel spreadsheet to track high school accomplishments. ‘Sports’. you still pursue both—playing in three local orchestras while beginning independent research for the Siemens Westinghouse Science Competition—due early your senior year. ‘Community Service’. Take a practice SAT Building a Midshipman Page 42 . and ‘General Information’ (See the Appendix for an example of Maggie’s spreadsheet). Your achievement in this violent sport derives from hard work rather than raw talent (unlike the enduring success you enjoy playing classical violin). poor coaching or insufficient play time. the string community in your area already claims you as a public school success story. Retake Algebra to help your GPA (got an A the second time). You record everything—no matter how insignificant they seem at the time (even the first place trophy for the twice-delayed Egg Drop Contest). concertmaster at your middle school (and about-to-be the first freshman concertmaster of the high school orchestra). Whatever college you apply for will require a list of accomplishments during high school. performances and college auditions. You know your high school classes will be crazy. You love soccer. tweaking accomplished repertoire and disciplining de rigueur pieces for orchestral try-outs. but some of the classics from Bach and Vivaldi take years to perfect. At this juncture. Practice practice practice your violin.
Read recommended classical literature. you How many students does it take to screw in a light bulb at: Harvard: One—he holds the bulb and the world revolves around him Yale: Penn: Brown: None—New Haven looks better in the dark Only one. University Southern California. then this September morning begins the Prelude—your intellectual curiosity just awakening. The year graduate. one to Harvey Mudd. and one to Amherst. and trying to locate your classroom while avoiding eighteen hundred pushy students. Stanford. one to Cal Tech. to sends two student Harvard. five of one to to the Georgetown. traditionally securing you first place it in the one to Academic Decathlon. one to the University of Notre Dame. dude One find a select group of students willing and eager to invest time in academic success. two to MIT. If your life is a Concerto. The first day of class finds you collecting your schedule. Your high school stands as the apex of scholarly prowess. the sense of humor that carries you and your friends through the most difficult of times still nascent. and the pull of your academically-focused group just beginning. Don’t mistake kindness for weakness. but he gets six credits for it Eleven—one to change the bulb and ten to share the experience Princeton: Cornell: Two—one to mix the martinis and one to call the electrician Two—One to change the bulb and one to crack under pressure Stanford: USNA: One. one to Johns Hopkins. As the year progresses. one to the USAir Force Academy. You take all Honors classes. Building a Midshipman Page 43 . two to the Naval Academy. They want nothing to do with those who don’t recognize the fun in studying and the challenge of learning—everything.
” “He pioneered SETI. And if you don’t succeed. You re-read the Class Profile. spending lunch period— well. rather than bored by the banality of wasted conversation.’ An allusion to Fitzgerald’s past. you learn how to think." -John Paul Jones .” “Did you know Frank Drake—“ “I Equation. you agree—more out of awe for your colleagues than understanding of yourself. Away message from Gibcru (the Harvey Mudd guy): “sleepin' like a democrat on national security issues” Sometime during the blustery days of March. manage your time.But friends mistake your kindness for scholastic weakness. you notice an animated group of students. pursuing your tangential activities. You don’t know it. You trot over to visit.” …and leave after twenty minutes. solve problems. eating lunch. At this point. But your enthusiasm for the cerebral pops out as you add the horrendously-time consuming Academic Decathlon class second semester—and drop it in two weeks. no one will care except you. but this is a visceral change with Brobdingnagian implications to your high school fortunes. while eating a brown-bag lunch with boring friends. You realize that no one will be responsible for teaching you that thorny math or science concept. preparing each other for tests. excusing your lagging grade by blaming the teacher. They’re discussing classes.2 GPA carrying seven high Building a Midshipman Page 44 finished my evaluation of the Drake I wish to have no Connection with any Ship that does not Sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way. You sneak through Cultural Geography. You prick your ears to hear their conversation. and you stumble forward as you did in eighth grade—studying but not too much. boats against the current. Overall. fighting the engagement of mind to solve problems. You have become the bottom line. “’So we beat on. You re-evaluate your goal of attending the University of Notre Dame. By the end of freshman year. challenging ideas—and look like they’re having a lot more fun than you. borne back ceaselessly into the past. confusing the pedantic cerebral display from other classmates with real intelligence. and prioritize. Although many would say you had a successful year (a 4. There’s no time. native intelligence serves you well. invigorated by the company. You struggle in Honors math.
You need a better plan… So what is your plan? Knowing what you now know about the Naval Academy. you know it won’t reach your goal. not your only option. one honors orchestra. You need a new approach. and an independent research project).school classes. Wherever you end up. one junior college class. you want it to be your choice. how would you prepare yourself to be a Midshipman selectee? _____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ ________________________________________ Building a Midshipman Page 45 .
Do you care that much? With a mental shake of your head. so you move on). —USNA Hymn Y ou’ve decided to take the first step. You wonder if you must drop Orchestra—a lonely nine percent of USNA admittees lead musical groups (well. you brush off your cleats and shinguards. Building a Midshipman Page 46 . that’s not going to happen.CHAPTER SEVEN ATTEND AN ACADEMY NIGHT Now. But who has better right than we To hoist a symbol hue? For sailors brave in battle fare Since fighting days of old. Have proved the sailor's right to wear The Navy Blue and Gold. The “average” profile attached to an applicant will take commitment and organization to complete. And join study groups for Math Analysis and Calculus instead of joining friends to shop at the mall. This means you are choosing to cram AP Physics while friends go to movies. colleges from sea to sea May sing of colors true. Eightynine percent of admittees play at least one Varsity sport. You add the USNA to your shortlist of potential colleges.
introduce yourself to the school representatives (the Naval Academy calls theirs a Blue and Gold Officer) and meet with your local Congressional Nominating Committee spokesperson. qualifications. After the event. Roman military strategist representative talk to you. they invite students from each Academy to talk about their background. and your fit to their expectations. except for submarine service)? Building a Midshipman Page 47 . It seems. West Point. prepare for war) -Flavius Vegetius Renatus (390 AD).Carmen Boyle. and the United States Coast Guard Academy. you will have a chance to ask questions. And what are your chances of being accepted? Most school districts offer a Service Academy Night introducing students to the pros and cons of the Naval Academy. The more often the Blue and Gold (B&G) Officer and the Congressional "Luge strategy? Lie flat and try not to die. You accept it as one of the few you will spend precious minutes and hours working toward throughout high school. the Air Force Academy. para bellum (If you want peace.You’ve committed to your interest in this school.” . seminal choices must be made. The formal application process will take months of rigorous work. each Academy staffs a table allowing time to informally answer questions for attendees. And preparing yourself for the physical tests will exclude time you might spend on your music or your research—skills that could help you in your application for Notre Dame or Scripps. already. Take every opportunity to attend these events and say a few words with these people. What you need is more information: You need to know more about the school’s fit to your needs and desires. as well as those that will interview you for the Congressional Nomination. the more informed their decision about your chances for success in the military lifestyle. During the event. There will be a moderator and Academy representatives. Often. Olympic Luge Gold Medal Winner Si vis pacem. the United States Merchant Marine Academy. and academy life. You want to know how the school addresses the participation of women—are requirements different (yes—at least the physical requirements)? What career opportunities are available (the same.
So your brother attended that fateful Academy Night two years ago. The USNA and USAFA representatives know you by name. covering your various school districts. This frequent attendance works to your advantage: During the Congressional nomination. The rest. Your mom made a serendipitous connection.During the twenty-nine months spanned by the application process. in three separate locations. you had the unusual opportunity to be nominated for two Academies—your Congressman classified you a credible candidate for both. Put the dates here: __________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Building a Midshipman Page 48 . you attend five of these events. It also allows you to become comfortable with these critical people who will later interview you and be responsible for submitting a recommendation on your prospects for success at the Academy. as Leann Rimes says. as well as enough background to ask about your progress with AP classes and SATs. is history… When is your local Academy Night event? There may be several. so check with your guidance counselor.
So many students." . and this truth dawned too late to save your grade. proved a daunting experience. or c) You got frustrated with the whole process and gave up.CHAPTER EIGHT SOPHOMORE YEAR "I have not failed. everyone with their own agenda. I've just found 10. but the teacher ignored a poorly presented incursion into his/her teaching techniques by a fourteen-year old high school freshman with too much attitude. The ill-fated conclusion became either: a) The teacher got annoyed with you and ended up not liking you Sophomore Year Critical Skills Problem-solving Time management Prioritizing Thinking! Keep your eye on the ball b) Oops—you turned out to be wrong. So much coal to dig through to find the diamonds.000 ways that won't work. Building a Midshipman Page 49 . as expected.Thomas Alva Edison “We aren’t retreating! We’re advancing in another direction!” -General MacArthur Y ou review lessons from freshman year. High school. And teachers have their own divergent instructional methods with sometimes oxymoronic rules. Too many activities. Your problems started with questioning what you couldn’t change: “Why do I have to do it that way?” You may have been right. each important in its own way.
They count Freshman-Sophomore-Junior year. will be spent on scholarly pursuits. English 3 Hon: study vocabulary every week. and their varied majors cover all of your scientific areas of interest. to your credit. Without your full and complete attention. you find that distinguished professors teach even freshman classes. start doing the tests on the CD early. don’t wait for the problem to compound. History: read ahead research parts you don’t understand study the worksheets in free moments. It’s over. you will end up in a location that fate selects— not you. OCAD: read the material over the weekend. Every time you sit down to do homework. To persuade that invisible force to open doors of your preference demands that you make active decisions and then follow through. the desire to attend the University of Notre Dame pushes you forward one objective at a time. But not the Naval Academy. This summer. . UND has been part of family lore your entire life. repairing damage and preparing for sophomore year: Develop a plan of action for the next twenty-four months designed to correct freshman year flaws and insure the accomplishment of your dreams. you learned the ropes. stay updated in after school study sessions study in free moments of other classes don’t give up. When you research their academics.S. they have an orchestra. Plus. Senior year only counts for applicants on the scholastic bubble. You realize that life’s default path isn’t your vision of the future. Building a Midshipman Page 50 Study Habits for Sophomore Classes: AP Physics: study ahead review notes/understand material everyday take all extra credit opportunities go in for extra help research topics book doesn’t fully cover. You post it on the wall above your desk.Well. plan ahead. Mostly because of their legendary football team. For you. but also their exemplary scholastics. don’t wait for problem to compound itself. learn your lecture topic perfectly. and study harder. and this summer something clicks. you’ll see those goals. AP U. read books before covered in class weekends Math Analysis: do assignments before assigned get help as needed. sophomore year starts the academic record/GPA-/placement in the class-countdown. like last summer. remember those reasons. For many college entrance requirements.
Retake Geometry over the summer. and because of the shortened weekly practice (studying for classes took a lot more time than you had planned). and perfecting soccer strategy. plate tectonics and paleogeology. Recommit yourself to violin. dribbling. Your confidence in your math and science abilities fractured after Honors Geometry and this will reinforce what you did learn while backfilling what you didn’t understand. Read about singalization. Dedicate several hours of each summer day to practice. but to your potential. this summer can make a difference. and reevaluate next year. These fit your aptitude better and you hope will allow you a better chance to absorb the material Play summer soccer with the District’s soccer league. A good investment of time. You’re aiming for Varsity next year. hybridization. Summer’s over. You practice four days a week. so spend this time ironing out shots on goal. Still. play ten games.0 GPA top 5% of class hardest classes possible leadership excellent Letters of Recommendation (math/science especially) Siemens Westinghouse Science Competition OCAD awards win elite violin competitions varsity sport(s) for multiple years Building a Midshipman Page 51 . You didn’t qualify for AllState. you didn’t progress sufficiently in the classical repertoire required for college auditions. and try to puzzle out your How to get into The University of Notre Dame: 1475 SAT score 30 ACT score 3 SAT II tests 4. hypothesis. Research the fundamental premise of your science project. Drop to non-honors Algebra II and non-honors chemistry for sophomore year. Sophomore year starts with an epiphany: You want to excel in academics. and get to know teammates and coaches. Violin gives a voice to your ‘other’ self buried beneath math formulas and memorized facts. Not just good grades. DNA has intrigued you since seventh grade. You had a few setbacks with your violin.
—Sonya’s IM profile wander over to the perspicacious leaderless group you noticed as a freshman. but it was more about their religion. AP English teacher: Let's discuss how the chicken is used to develop the revenge theme. English teacher: There's a 23 minute educational video on the other side. you are enjoying the positive results of those decisions. You want to discuss the upcoming Algebra II test.” teach. accepting that you aren’t doing your best. you’re disinterested in the conversation and the people. Same for Honors Math. one that becomes the nexus of your evolved academic pursuit: You change your group of friends. “Fifteenth century Italian art reflected their politics. their raucous voices loud as they spar over a political topic. stop obsessing about the damn chicken. Your confidence in and enthusiasm for all things cerebral has returned with a gusto. lunch sparkling period. French teacher: Le poule!! Le POULE. short-changing homework for face time with friends. The group revolves around the popular/well-dressed/lots of make-up/rich girl-boy. girls/boys. One California sunny. More and more. boys/girls. Look at me . monsieur!! Nous parlons en francais! History teacher: YEAAAAHH!! SUPERCHICKEN! AP History teacher: All I care about is that the learning takes place. you Why did the chicken cross the road? AP Biology teacher: I told it the bio notebook is due tomorrow and it tried to kill itself. you tire of hanging out at lunch with a crowd that chatters and gossips for forty minutes about incipient incidentals—movies. dates. You make a seminal decision.” “Maybe. more movies.i'm such an intellectual reactionary' —Jack’s IM Away message second quarter. By AceM131: 'my parents are republican and i'm a liberal democrat.” “What’s the cost-benefit analysis of that SAT class? I already know what they’re going to Building a Midshipman Page 52 . By Christmas.This is a decisive discovery: You dislike trading grades for free time. You opted out of Honors Chemistry to select a level more suited to your skills.
reveling in the cogent and pithy presentation of complicated ideas. You’re laughing. And no one here hates school. you are reading about it on your computer screen. to geometry proofs. her muscles. or teacher’s pets. but mostly. the University of Notre Dame (one). wellmuscled. While most people are out actually having a fun life. Because she’s so gorgeous. She’s obsessed with her looks. So. There’s Sonya—gorgeous. No one wastes sympathy on laggards or slackers. during lunch. it’s her group of friends you hooked up with. They demand you defend your opinions with facts. and is stunned when she is accepted—early. Today I salute you Mr. the Prom King/Queen. no one knew that sophomore year. stay up until homework is (scrupulously) finished. By Senior Year. Amherst (one) and the United States Naval Academy (two). get Buddy Info. her legs. Sonya has taken credit for your USNA acceptance—after all. Compulsive Away Message Checker. or the little Info box at the bottom of the Buddy List. Stanford (two of them). participating. she does a thorough and effective job. —Alec’s IM away message As it turns out. Harvey Mudd (one). These aren’t the jocks.That day. They sharpened mental skills by pertinaciously challenging each other to defend statements. Johns Hopkins (one). they study too hard. and demand of each other that class work be done with accuracy. crack open an ice cold Bud Light. everyone giggles when she applies to MIT. Marauder of the Mouse pad. When she deigns to help a friend with difficult physics or calculus. these kids will end up going to Harvard (two of them). and enjoying yourself. Right mouse click. but you still loyally read their away messages everyday to see what they are up to. Some may find it boring or easy. Building a Midshipman Page 53 . You have people on that list you haven't talked to in years. But. a competent gymnast who spends four hours a day practicing her art—while maintaining straight A’s in an Honors/AP/IB track. their lunch-time conversation meandered from politics to classes to ideas. and don't wander too far from your computer because you never know when someone's away message may change.
he proved that school dances were contrary to school goals. Very humorous and a nonstop talker. you inspire their coolness ImKIanire285: their coolness inspires me to be cool. Sleeps through Honors Chemistry and AP Physics. He plays clarinet. Doesn’t know if he wants to go to Harvard or Stanford—but everyone knows he’ll be accepted to both. a skinny. which in turn inspires them ImKIanire285: so they are the original source of coolness DavidAndyS: we are an ever surging. Teachers love him for his disingenuous approach to class. he excels at swimming and fencing. To insure he appears well-rounded to colleges. Spends the summer taking AP classes at Stanford—every summer—which guarantees his GPA is higher A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs. ever expanding. although he dropped band Sophomore year. Sonya never fell—even though she agreed to walk on her hands to make it more difficult. He doesn’t tolerate people who don’t get it. Your first memory of him pictured how he spit his lunch food as he tried to chew and talk through his braces. and skips at least a day a week—not because of the commute. Building a Midshipman Page 54 . He wobbled for fifteen seconds. by quoting current laws and student opinions. and reads to fill his evening hours. and still gets A’s. but it interferes with his TV time. He applied to only one school—Harvey Mudd. He takes a bus thirty miles to get to school. luminescent network of coolitude ImKIanire285: headed to take over the world ImKIanire285: (same thing we do everyday) —Ricky’s IM away message confidence to challenge Sonya to a handstand contest. To the dismay of his friends.There’s Alec—slam-dunk winner for the smartest senior award. but because he doesn’t feel he needs to go. He had the audacious ImKIanire285: i could never compete with their coolness DavidAndyS: on the contrary. child genius. Why waste the time and money on other applications when that’s where he wants to go?? Senior year. There’s Ricky. Alec can develop an erudite argument for any position he chooses. He loves to run. he went out for football— and made it. He plays Scrabble and chess online. Mark Twain than anyone else’s. tattooed.
ice blocking. so it’s fine. snowboarding. You’ve known her since elementary school. and a symphony orchestra class at the County’s High School of the Arts. integrate yourself. they’re the ones who will interrogate you and embarrass you into trying just a bit harder. an evening symphony orchestra class at the local community college. with a 4. 2^x: "hey. His hobbies include “…Reading. her scholastic genius set her apart. And tenth grade when you won the departmental award in Science—and she won it in Art. Symphonic Orchestra. the excitement of debating and defending a topic. Everyone’s mingling and having fun. and the thrill of building an irrefutable argument. and 2^x turns to see e^x in the corner. e^x.” His mind idles in fourth gear. but. Varsity soccer. He’s a Varsity wrestler. I have scuffed dirt at that line. confident. and more to come.There’s Dhana.8 GPA and an 800 on the Math IIC SATII. the tingle of challenging the brain. as well as Club soccer. —Dhana’s IM profile you can rely on for projects and right answers. She’s well-aware of her intelligence. and a national champion at the game of Go. In an n-dimensional corner. chemistry. Your new class schedule includes Honors English. and Academic Decathlon. this is the load you can handle. e^x stands bitter and alone." pointing to the group. Over the next two and a half years. If you don’t work to your capacity. computers. these friends will be the ones that keep you focused on the fun of good grades. e^x: "what for? it makes no difference" —Jacks’ IM away message . Even then. playing … abstract board games. classic rock. Number four in the senior class. and spit on it. Algebra II. Just two honors/AP classes. writing. Pink Floyd concerts. accomplished friend who There is a thin line between inspired metaphors and meaningless drivel. come on. movies. knows she’s smarter than most everyone and lacks respect for anyone who doesn’t use their cerebral skills in every aspect of their life. skateboarding. near him there's a small group of exponential functions. Building a Midshipman Page 55 There's a big party attended by every possible function. AP European History. She used to ignore you—until sixth grade when you beat her in a Geography Bee. And ninth grade when you became Concertmaster. tae-boxing. Spanish II. Then there’s Jack. She’s evolved into a strong.
discovering true interests. your SAT’s begin creeping up—from 1180 to 1220. -. You managed your time. Dad took over taxiing you and Brother Sean around. the better you will get at managing your time. served as assistant-concertmaster at the local community college orchestra. won thirteen awards over two years in Academic Decathlon. repairs. Life is 10% what you make it. when your mom returned to work. a perfect fit for your abilities and skills.Irving Berlin hours. That put a new filter over ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. You kept twenty percent of your paycheck. Your mom never wavers from the certainty that you will succeed. volunteer items that you Building a Midshipman Page 56 . gas. Never again did you use the excuse. and 90% how you take it. solve them. Compare it to Maggie’s at the beginning of this chapter. etc. Here’s your worksheet for your summer to-do list. Whatever you wanted—coffee. ‘I don’t have time’. tick them off. pushing yourself to see how much you can take—and liking the answer. Yes. but not enough to spend your own money! Your parents remind you: The hours spent working augment—not replace—your tumescent load of academics and extra-curricular activities. This turns out to be a critical year of healing. Not good enough for any of your school choices. And. insurance. she made a believer of you too (although you did quit soccer). it is apparent that you picked the right combination of classes. Your mom believes that the more you have to do in twenty-four trouble. Fewer obligations equate to boredom. won the academic achievement award in science.Home life changed a little your sophomore year. sports. clothes. By January. When you got straight A’s. acted as the school’s concertmaster. but the improvement is encouraging. you learned to drive and got a job. creative. And the Naval Academy remains on the short list of schools you want to attend. and the rest went to pay your bills— car payment. Include academic. you wanted those shoes.—came out of your twenty percent. and TV time (no TV during the school week by the way). When you turned sixteen. This year you realize that ‘problems’ are only a To Do list—face them. Sophomore year ends with straight A’s.
Review your plan for the rest of high school and see what you can finish up this summer. while graduation and college applications are still far in the future: Priority Something academic Something in your chosen sport Something in creative outlet Volunteer complete hours your you’ll Item Something in your chosen hobby Progress toward a science or math project you might be working on Building a Midshipman Page 57 .are behind on or want a jump start on for next year.
Here’s your worksheet for preparing for success in each of your classes. Building a Midshipman Page 58 . don’t wait for problem to compound itself. do everything possible over the weekend. Check with your teacher to see what she recommends. don’t give up. Check with friends who are doing well if you hit a snag: Class name Bullet list of Teacher-suggested requirements Sample study ahead review notes/understand material everyday take all extra credit opportunities go in for extra help research topics book doesn’t fully cover. read books before covered in class weekends find a buddy don’t get behind take responsibility for you own success never say: I just don’t get it. plan ahead.
Out of all the colleges that interest you, decide which is your number one choice. Research that one on the internet and develop a list of what they require of the Perfect Candidate. List them here. It will remind you, if you satisfy these requirements, you’re doing good. I’ve listed suggestions for the standards requirements, but I’ve left lines to add your own:
My Number One College: ________________
SAT/ACT score SAT II scores GPA Rank in class Required classes Required Leadership Letters of Recommendation Academic competitions
Success at music Success at sports Success at a personal hobby
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CHAPTER NINE JUNIOR YEAR
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei
alf way there! As much time remains to reweave the frayed edges of your goals as you’ve had to unravel them. Two more years! You’re tired of studying, but feel good about what you’ve accomplished. This is the year you commit yourself to the IB program (and you’ll Junior Year Critical Skills Focus Don’t give up What do you need for your college choices?
have to apply for a scholarship to pay for it). Your schedule for this summer: Finish your IB Spanish requirement by taking summer school at the local community college. By July, you realize that it’s not as bad as you thought it would be. Take Economics—a required course to graduate high school. (you already have eight classes scheduled for first semester). No surprise that your friends take both Economics and IB Spanish with you—everyone trying to make room for classes. No soccer—you retired. Too many classes.
This will help with Academic Decathlon next year and free up your senior year schedule
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Practice your violin. Another academic year of insufficient violining. By the end of this summer, after putting lots and lots of practice time in, you must decide if there’s a chance to pursue violin at the college level. Find a mentor for your science project. You meet with one of the University of California biology department heads, and he agrees to assist. Now you must collect the required raw data, and determine the workability of your project. You are surprised that none of your friends attempt this prestigious competition. It’s not only the opportunity to accomplish independent research; it’s the chance to be noticed by the outstanding universities that participate in the judging. As you work on this project, you hear from an acquaintance attending the California Institute of Technology. He tells you that most incoming Cal Tech freshmen completed independent science research in high school and he wishes he had.
"It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary." - Sir Winston Churchill
Junior year summer, decisions must be made. You assess where you stand in meeting your goals: On track for the Naval Academy On track for the University of Notre Dame On track for other top college choices You visit a lot of colleges to cull what you like and dislike about the college experience. Tradition is important, as well as quality of professors, class size, and availability of up-to-date teaching materials. You want a residential approach—where most students live on campus all four years. And, it’s important that you can get a job at the completion. Do corporations respect the quality of graduate, and/or does the college market their graduates to the business community? Because of your family’s experiences, unemployment has become a great motivator.
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Summer comes and goes with the whoosh of virtual minutes flying by. You arrive at the new school year with a schedule that includes AP US History, AP Physics, English III Honors, Math Analysis, Academic Decathlon, Orchestra, Theory of Knowledge, Independent Study on your USNA is ranked: No. 1 for smooth-operating administration. No. 2 for accessibility of professors. No. 4 on the "stone-cold sober" list. No. 5 for toughest to get into. No. 14 for popularity of sports. No. 15 for highest number of study hours. science research project, and Independent Study in Spanish (to prepare for the IB test). Some may think it’s a hard schedule, but all of your friends have the same load—or worse—so you are unfazed. You persevere with the outside honor orchestra, and as much community service as possible. Pundits preach that you can’t hold a job and excel in honors classes, but no one ever told you it was impossible, so you maintain your work schedule with Vons—ten to fifteen hours a week. Still Dad works as Mr. Mom, with little visible change in your life. Well, your brother went to work, and you do apply for as many scholarships as you can. Your friends continue to inspire you. Creative thinking remains alive and well junior year, making it easier to maintain the rigorous class load. You always find someone on Instant Messenger at two a.m. to help with a Physics Lab or a math problem. Many times, friends chide others naïve enough to make excuses for incomplete work. Part of the Academy winnowing process is, who can complete all the steps in the application process. It is complicated and arduous. You must fill out a multi-page application, submit letters of recommendation, attain medical approval from DoDMERB, send transcripts and SAT scores, appear before a Congressional nominating committee and win their nomination, interview with the Academy representative, and pass a demanding Physical Aptitude Examination. When you think you have submitted all required documentation, you must follow-up, be sure everything got there as planned. If not, resend from the copies you made before mailing them out. If you can’t get through this process, they don’t want you anyway. Building a Midshipman Page 62
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You start with the relatively simple Summer Seminar application. February is time to apply for both the Naval Academy Summer Seminar and the Air Force Academy Summer Seminar. You’ve been told that admittance to the USNA Summer program is more difficult than to the Academy. Acceptance to NASS predicts a 30 percent chance of getting in the USNA. Going online to the USNA Summer Seminar website is the easiest. Before you log on, you prepare a short essay outlining why you wish to go to the USNA. Now you go to the website, fill out all the questions, copy-paste your essay to the space provided online, and push send. Repeat this process for the USAFA. The AFA also wants a resume highlighting your accomplishments. You include your educational achievements— classes taken at the high school and the community college, your 4.4 GPA, your top 10 percent class rank (well, 10.1 percent), your SAT verbal and math scores (620 and 610), your AP test score (4 on AP Euro); your awards received such as scholar athlete for Varsity soccer, the many awards in Academic Decathlon, the Departmental Achievement Award in Chemistry, your research grant awarded by the American Association for Women Geoscientists, and the various musicrelated awards; your athletic awards for Varsity soccer and JV cross country, as well as the Second degree Black Belt in Karate; your many clubs; the voluminous community service (IB requires over one hundred fifty hours); leadership positions; work experience at Von’s; and extra curricular activities including your science research for the Siemens Westinghouse Competition, your first violin position with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the National School Orchestra Award received two years in a row; and the hobbies you have little time for, like reading and computers. Now the hard part comes: You wait to hear. Maybe by March, or maybe later. The USNA offers three sessions, all of them at the end of your school year. You’ll have to rearrange all of your finals and graduate early. Make no mistake: The military academies see no problem with this. The type of candidate they want is one who can arrange and rearrange schedules with
“The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.” —Babe Didrikson
Junior year—parents won’t let their children drive to school—they’re too tired from studying.
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ease to allow for the most positive, successful outcome. And no excuses about how missing the last two weeks of school, including all of the reviews for the finals, will hurt your grade. They notify you in April: You’re in—both USNA and USAFA! You decide to attend USNA the first week of June, and the USAFA the second week of June. But first comes arranging the details (again, the devil is in the
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details): You get approvals from all of your teachers, get the principal’s blessing, schedule your early finals, study for them while
maintaining your usual workload of homework, teach yourself critical Math Analysis material that will be on the final. And, as all AP/IB students know, those tests occur in May, forcing you to take finals while studying for and taking national examinations in AP US History, AP Physics, IB Spanish and IB Physics. How can you do all of this, and participate in end-of-year concerts for your three orchestras, most critically the high school’s where you carry the responsibilities of concertmaster. Once again, this must be doable, because Midshipman routinely perform the impossible, juggling physical and academic demands while earning their monthly stipend by serving in the armed forces. Naval officers are expected to evaluate data and come to the right decisions under highly stressful conditions, like conflicting demands and lack of sleep. You become nocturnal, studying until you’re done, often two or three in the morning, and catnap when possible during the day—snack, lunch, orchestra. Dhana sleeps at red lights, but that’s too scary for you. You won’t find out until July, but academically, you succeeded: Math Analysis came through with an A, paving the way for AP Calculus as a Senior, and you got the best grade you’d hoped for in AP Physics—a B. As expected, you earn straight A’s in the rest. Several of your friends head off to summer programs at Stanford or MIT. You’re off to summer seminars at the Naval Academy and the USAFA, and a
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three-week summer science program at the University of Notre Dame. By now, you want to go to all three of these great schools. Summer will make up your mind. In your free time, you’ll work on your Siemens Westinghouse science project (due October)—and practice your violin. Building a Midshipman Page 64
Here’s your worksheet for your pre-Junior year summer to-do list. Review your plan for the rest of high school and see what you can finish up this summer, while graduation and college applications are still far in the future. Check with your counselor to see what she recommends and friends with similar interests to see what they are doing this summer:
Priority Something academic Item
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Something in your chosen hobby
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Check with friends who are doing well if you hit a snag: Class name Bullet list of Teacher-suggested requirements Sample study ahead review notes/understand material everyday take all extra credit opportunities go in for extra help research topics book doesn’t fully cover. Check with your teacher to see what she recommends. do everything possible over the weekend. Building a Midshipman Page 66 .Here’s your worksheet for preparing for success in each of your classes. read books before covered in class weekends find a buddy don’t get behind take responsibility for you own success never say: I just don’t get it. don’t wait for problem to compound itself. plan ahead. don’t give up.
As before. I’ve listed suggestions for the standards requirements. Change them as needed: My Number One College: ________________ SAT/ACT score SAT II scores GPA Rank in class Required classes Required Leadership Letters of Recommendation Academic competitions Awards Success at music Success at sports Success at a personal hobby Building a Midshipman Page 67 . halfway through high school. List them here. Research that one on the internet and develop a list of what they require of the Perfect Candidate. It will remind you.Now. you’re doing good. if you satisfy these requirements. which college is your number one choice.
citizenship and government. or retake it as part of their application package. the USNA runs all participants through the PAE (Physical Aptitude Examination). And. W e are excited that you are coming out to the Naval Academy Summer Seminar.” USNA. mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty. This includes a kneeling basketball throw. you get your first FitRep (Fitness Report) during those two weeks. push-ups. when your B&G officer tells you. At USNA.CHAPTER TEN: NAVAL ACADEMY SUMMER SEMINAR To develop midshipmen morally. A requirement of admission. USAFA and West Point all offer juniors an opportunity to spend a week on the campus seeing if it feels right. honor and loyalty in order to provide graduates who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command. flexed arm hang (or pull-ups for men) and shuttle run. although you don’t find out about that until you return home. it gives administrators a chance to watch and evaluate prospective students. A student must pass all events with more than a minimum passing score to be qualified. applicants either pass it during Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS). a standing long jump. And. Building a Midshipman Page 68 .
It has been a long day. Not much else. The United Airlines flight takes you through Denver. and groups of fit-looking Mids in work-out clothes sprinting across the Yard’s many running routes. and you’re standing at the proverbial door to your future. Despite the late hour. Every great mistake has a halfway moment.m. Mom and Dad get a FONA—Friends of the Naval Academy—pass allowing them access to on-Yard parking). Absorb the history and tradition you will be part of for six days— starting tomorrow. Inside these walls lie the remains of John Paul Jones. You hug your Labradors Stoney and Casey one last time. the God of 2. Building a Midshipman Page 69 . explaining to them the immensity of this event.0’ (for the Midshipman goal to get a grade point average of 2. a bathing suit (you have water work) and shower sandals. for I intend to go in harm's way". "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not go fast.Pearl S. Look. a book in case of free time (but that was nonexistent).0). -. located close enough to the Yard (the USNA campus) for walking. leaving you a late-night thirty minute drive to your hotel. ten sets of socks. The plane lands behind schedule at Baltimore-Washington International. and Freedom 7—America’s first space capsule. You and your father walk over to the “school by the bay” and watch. Now. to catch the 6:45 flight. A guard station with two Marines controls entry to the 338-acre institution once known simply as the Naval School and renamed the “United States Naval Academy” in 1850. you aren’t the only wide-eyed high school age civilians wandering with parents. climb into the family car and head off to the airport by 5:15 a. Buck home of the US Air Force Academy. You also notice uniformed Mids briskly walking through the Yard.m. a few shirts (they’ll give you five when you get there). the sword he used. it’s 8 am.You wake at 4:30 a. a split second when it may be recalled and perhaps remedied. departure day—after packing seven pairs of shorts. the figurehead from the USS Delaware now known as ‘Tecumseh. but who can sleep. That choice is fortuitous because Visitor parking on the Yard (the local’s name for the campus) proves difficult (as a Plebe. his famous quote.
and answers. “We try to schedule all of our wars for sunny days. $20—or 20 cents—would get to the intended party). and set off for their assigned duties. This is the spot where. The young man replied. every building named for a famous American military figure. The smile.” Sixty minutes later you’re wet and muddy. after waving good-bye and losing sight of his only daughter. 1000 graduating seniors threw their hats into the air in celebration. Later. good grief. It begins sprinkling—a precursor to the seven-feet of water and sludge Hurricane Isabel will drop on the Yard in nine months. don’t worry about that. The schedule you received before leaving home calls for running. Inside is Tecumseh Court. he won the Nobel Prize for Physics). “Mr. and part of the USNA Summer Seminar process. so you innocently ask where that will take place (not outside because. Mxxxx. and where Midshipman Joseph Reeves invented the first football helmet. just one month earlier. where Midshipmen celebrated V-J Day by beating the Japanese bell until it cracked. He asked a detailer (the USNA personnel assigned to training NASS students) if he would mind finding you and giving you $20 (That’s right—in the USNA environment. Your daughter will have no time to spend money. he wanted to give you spending money. A meander through this National Historic Site resembles revisiting treasured history.” From the uniformed Marines checking ID’s at the gate to the polite and friendly greetings of the Mids you pass to and from the orientation.This is where Albert Michelson first accurately measured the speed of light with just $10 worth of equipment (in 1878. it’s raining!). it is clear that the comfortable rules Building a Midshipman Page 70 Detailer (now called Cadre) assigned to greeting and meeting cracks a . your dad tells you.
what’s the big deal? It’s not Plebe Summer. You’re great at push-ups—it’s one of your strengths—but. One. Even when your Detailer tells the company: “We’ll run longer because we’re the best!” And sends everyone on an extra half mile ‘longcut’— even then you don’t feel justified quitting. You blitz through the fastest week of your life. -. You’re thrilled to rise easrly and sprint to the track for more running. ‘Sir! Yes Sir!’ over and over.and regulations of your ‘podunk’ civilian life have been replaced by YP’s. It engenders a question of pride—even with your lungs burning and your legs chugging through the last quarter mile. Just as you decided to move off the path and get out of way. classmates slowed down. You never feel like quitting because. your haggard head lifted and spotted the finish line. Just do what they say! They know how to train you! You have no problem saying. Now he wanted you to stay in an Building a Midshipman Page 71 . Mentally. but always paddling like the dickens underneath. three. Calm on Done!! You knew you could make it! When the week the surface. You remember the time you forced exhausted arms through push-ups—again. Be like a duck. EI and the Dark Ages of USNA. Just ahead twenty steps. the next Squad of Plebe wanna-be’s closing in and threatening to pass you. and then. you scream.Michael Caine ends. Some attendees don’t like being barked at. and doubled over as they gulped fresh air and tried not to throw up. two. You remember that run well: You were lagging further and further behind. gouge. your company remains the only one without a single quitter the entire time. There ahead. the Detailer didn’t want push-ups anymore. Ten steps… Five. Your Platoon pushed you on. but your lungs had nothing left to give.
You held. the clear-eyed intelligence of potential classmates—convinced you your life path and destiny intersect at the gates of the Naval Academy.arms-bent position and hold. and an oversize packet of USNA materials. You use your new USNA duffle bag to carry it. So you held. Everything you observed—the honor. Plebe. Mother B. between your arms. the commitment. toward your lowered chin. a worm crawled under your body. What’s one worm? You adopt Navy language as your own. Centimeters from your face. chopping in the hallways. You return to civilian life with a burning desire to attend the Naval Academy. Millimeters from your mouth and nose! Oh well. Go Navy! Beat Army! Building a Midshipman Page 72 . the Yard. You like chopping. a failed PAE (you couldn’t hang from a bar for eighteen seconds). Go Navy Beat Army! Now you’re back from both Summer Seminars. until the Detailer restarted the push-ups. They send you home with a good Fitrep report.
” “When you send paperwork back. it’s there when they return!) from your summer trips to USNA. It notifies you of your Candidate Number." .CHAPTER ELEVEN: GET ORGANIZED "I find that the harder I work. the more luck I seem to have. USAFA and the University of Notre Dame—committed and ready to jump all hurdles to convince everyone you will be the best applicant they’ve ever seen. and contact names and numbers at the Academy. including your Blue and Gold Officer. enclose a list detailing which forms have been completed…” “Contact DoDMERB…” “…maintain contact…” And ends with… Building a Midshipman Page 73 .Thomas Jefferson Y ou have been designated an official candidate for admission to the United States Naval Academy. the application process. It also identifies initial steps to take in beginning the application: “…contact your Congressman.” An application package arrives shortly after your return (for some.
they will push you to accomplish a scholastic load equivalent to the most prestigious colleges. Stay Positive physical preparation. Stay at least one semester— things will look better 3. Sir" The Naval Academy acknowledges the complexity of the application process. In retrospect. You tape the business card for your B&G Officer on the inside front cover. while maintaining an exemplary level of Plebe Survival Tips The Four Stays of Execution 1. Sir" "No. aye. Sir" "No excuse.“I wish all of you the best of luck in the admissions process and hope to see you as a member of the Class of 2008. Stay focused 4. you set up a Blue and Gold Binder. Sir" "I'll find out. You make dividers for: ‘USNA Summer Seminar’ Building a Midshipman Page 74 . and parse the piles and miles of paperwork. To organize the many steps. as well as the business card for the Congressional Assistant responsible for that nomination. the application will seem simple. Sir" "Aye.” You set up a To Do list: Make DoDMERB appointment Complete application Get Letters of Recommendation from Math and English teachers Start Congressional nomination Follow-up and complete Congressional interview Start Senatorial nomination Start VP nomination Practice for and retake PAE Practice for and retake SAT test Complete Blue and Gold Officer interview Finish Siemens Westinghouse Science Competition Approved Plebe Answers "Yes. For four years. Stay “under-the-radar”— don’t be noticed 2. They employ these intricacies to separate out unqualified applicants: They believe if you maneuver through this labyrinth. you will survive Plebe Summer and Ac (Academic) Year.
‘PAE’ ‘DoDMERB’ ‘Congressional Nomination’ ‘Senatorial Nomination’ ‘VP Nomination’ ‘Application’ ‘Candidate Weekend Visit’. you become eligible to sign on and check your application status. set up what you have to accomplish to move up to selectee. You feel ready. The USNA also provides an online service called Candidate Information System (CIS) to track your application. It shows you what materials the Naval Academy has and what still needs to be received and documented. and ‘Other’ This sounds like a lot. Now that you’re an Official Candidate. Add your personal additional items to the end of this list: ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ Make DoDMERB appointment Complete application Get Letters of Recommendation from Math and English teachers Start Congressional nomination Follow-up and complete Congressional interview Start Senatorial nomination Start VP nomination Practice for and retake PAE Practice for and retake SAT test Building a Midshipman Page 75 . but they fill up. After attending Summer Seminar.
________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ Complete Blue and Gold Officer interview Finish Siemens Westinghouse Science Competition ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Building a Midshipman Page 76 .
CHAPTER TWELVE: COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION "That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” With the military reputation as a stickler for details.” So starts the cover letter accompanying the application materials. read these instructions thoroughly before attempting to complete any of the enclosed forms. you accept this as an accurate warning. The booklet includes information on: the DoDMERB Qualifying Medical Exam Entrance Exam Tests (SAT and ACT) the Candidate Personal Data Record Academic Interest Building a Midshipman Page 77 ." -Friedrich Nietzsche W “Please e highly recommend that you return this packet within thirty days in order to be competitive. waiting on the hall table upon your return from Notre Dame’s summer science program.
200 B. Academic Interest. -Appius Claudius Carcus. the USNA includes a checklist: Every man is the architect of his own fortune.the Current Studies and Personal Statement the Candidate Activities Record.C. Register and take the SAT/ACT Take the College Board’s English Composition Test (ECT) with essay Photocopy of Social Security Card Candidate Personal Data Record. Towards the end of the packet. Current Studies Candidate Personal Statement Strong Interest Inventory Candidate Activities Record School Official’s Evaluation of Candidate Request for Secondary School Transcript Preparatory School/College Transcript Physical Aptitude Examination Qualifying Medical Examination Building a Midshipman Page 78 . the School Official’s Evaluation of Candidate (one each for your English and math instructors) the Request for Secondary School Transcript the Physical Aptitude Examination the Candidate Change of Address Card the Candidate Notice of Withdrawal Card (no chance of that—might as well just throw that one away) a calendar of activities.
your high school transcripts. ACT) nominations medical data (DoDMERB approvals . or notes) the Blue and Gold Officer contact information. The USNA asserts that evaluation of your application won’t begin until the entire package has been submitted. You sign onto the USNA Candidate Information System (CIS) and check regularly to see if/when they show receipt of your first package. and the Regional officer in charge of your application. This website shows: your correct candidate personal data an update of required application documents received official test scores received (SAT.…to insure you accomplish everything on their list. You mail (actually you FedEx so you can track its progress) what you have in time to meet the assigned deadline. your SAT transcripts. as well as expected dates for items not yet submitted (your PAE scores. You set up your own Excel spreadsheet of tasks. waivers. Once again. you detail everything enclosed. your community college transcripts. including priority order. you feel ready. You complete all documents possible: the Candidate Personal Data Record the Academic Interest form Current Studies Strong Interest Inventory your Personal Statement explaining your interest in the Naval Academy. and they enclose six postage-free envelopes with the package. date due and date finalized. encouraging you to send constant updates. your Letters of Recommendation from an English and Math teacher. date started. your DoDMERB exam results. Building a Midshipman Page 79 . and the Congressional Nomination). and a Photocopy of your social security card In your cover letter.
Current Studies ________ ________ Candidate Personal Statement Strong Interest Inventory Building a Midshipman Page 80 . so is everyone else. Academic Interest. The reason for this exclusivity resides in the complexity and expense of accepting and reviewing every application. It involves a complete physical examination administered by DoDMERB (about a three-hour investment of government resources). most often accomplished by applying for the NASS. they take a look at your summary qualifications.It should be noted: You can’t request a USNA application without a prior recommendation. During this first segregating process.e. Knowing this. cummings Here’s your checklist for the application.e. You must prove you meet minimal standards. because part of the process is if you can complete the picayune details that go on and on and on and… ________ ________ Register and take the SAT/ACT Take the College Board’s English Composition Test (ECT) with essay ________ ________ Photocopy of Social Security Card Candidate Personal Data Record. -. you pat yourself on the back that you crossed this first discriminating threshold. the Blue and Gold Officer’s time to counsel and interview you. Don’t forget anything. as well as the Review Committee’s process of vetting every application submitted. Attendance at the Summer Seminar entitles you to receive a packet. Each of us is at the center of the universe.
________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ Candidate Activities Record School Official’s Evaluation of Candidate Request for Secondary School Transcript Preparatory School/College Transcript Physical Aptitude Examination Qualifying Medical Examination Any questions about this process? Write them down below and be sure to get them answered by your Blue and Gold Officer your Guidance counselor A friend who’s been through it _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ __________ Building a Midshipman Page 81 .
you listened to the presentations from each of the five Service Academies. Leslie Duvall. She suggested you get in touch in spring for a packet. . A year ago. at the Service Academy night. and then introduced yourself to Congressman Cox’s assistant. to let her know you would be applying for a nomination. outlining what the Congressional Nomination packet would include: a completed Application for Nomination a resume (based on an enclosed sample) a short essay discussing your reasons for seeking admission to a Service Academy Shake hands. received April 30th of your Junior year. Ms. On April 30th. confirms that your Congressman Hints on Acing the Interview remains aware of your continued interest in the Service Academy interview and nomination. you received a confirmation letter.General George Patton Jr T he final stage in your pursuit of a Congressional nomination to a United States Service Academy is a personal interview…” This letter. Interviews would be the following November.CHAPTER THIRTEEN: THE CONGRESSIONAL NOMINATION Pressure makes diamonds. look at them when you talk Be honest and relax! Be familiar with the members of the Board Building a Midshipman Page 82 .
attending other Academy Nights and stopping by to chat.a photo SAT examination results three letters of recommendation. You need only fill out a one-page form that notifies him of your interest and summarizes what you send to the Academies. three each—and more their letters of recommendation—for preferred application cover form. and it varies depending upon how many of his nominated people were appointed and currently attend an Academy (it turns out this is a complicated formula). -. You follow this advice. and his staff.S. When you’ve collected the necessary materials. Eliot Building a Midshipman Page 83 . this is an involved package. This. You never actually talk with him in the office. You do call with a question. Unfortunately. you can’t do that with the Senators. You first compile all materials How to Dress for the Congressional Interview Conservative Suit and tie White blouse or shirt Closed-toe shoes No bows or ribbons Clean hands and fingernails for Congressman Cox and hand-carry it to his office during summer break. but you do become familiar with the location of his office. you stay in touch with the Congressman by calling with questions. you FedEx it and follow up on its safe arrival. you send via FedEx. Each US Congressperson has a finite number of nominations. The Academies suggest that applicants pursue nominations not just from their Congresspeople. but also in hopes of getting a chance to re-introduce yourself. but from both Senators and the Vice President. partly to be sure it arrives. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. You decide you must trust fate with those nominations. the layout.T. Yes. but doable. The Vice President—thank goodness—uses the application materials submitted to the Academy. too. The Senatorial packages require similar materials to those requested by Congressman Cox: A personal statement. but you don’t even reach anyone on the committee. resumes. While you wait.
at 2pm—no problem—you can skip cross country for something this important. and what makes you think you can be a leader How have you handled failure and stress in your life What are your best and worst characteristics What do you know about the honor code? Congressional interview (if there were a class. resume and credentials do that for you. You spend time on the phone with your Blue and Gold Officer reviewing potential answers. just hope your background. as well as online suggestions about how to ace the Why do you want to go to the Naval Academy What are your alternatives if each you do not get into the Naval Academy Where do you see yourself in 5. You decide honesty is the best policy. and insure you have an honest. You pants dress and conservatively—dark questions and your light-colored blouse. Building a Midshipman Page 84 . with closed shoes and pulled-back hair—not your usual knotted pony tail. Before going in. You think about possible question. You won’t try to impress them. straightforward answer for all of them. go over them in your head. You arrive early. 15 years How are you going to handle the pressure of the Academy How are you preparing physically for the academy Tell us what you think of (a current event) What sparked your interest in the Naval Academy Who would you most like to be What is leadership. 10. your teeth are clean. Your father drives because you’re too nervous. At lunch. You reread all materials in all the books you purchased. but your mind is elsewhere. The day of the interview.Finally. and you feel positive and confident. you’d take it). you attend morning classes. you get early dismissal and come home to prepare. on November 7th. you make sure your clothes are neat. you receive notice of your interview—it’ll be 3 December.
Time flies. look them in the eye and sit calmly. Not even a month later (19 December) you receive the official notification: “I am very proud to offer you a nomination to both the United States Naval Academy and the United Building a Midshipman Page 85 Being unconquerable lies with yourself. one from your school. even as you feel all other eyes in the room on you. Your B&G officer calls that evening to say you did great—number one out of all applicants! Your calmness. wondering how you merit special treatment. No senseless moving. maturity and confidence impressed everyone on the panel—and no one mentioned your Harrier confusion. You shake hands. Your dumbest answer confused the nomenclature for Navy and Air Force planes (is the Harrier a Navy or Air Force plane?).The first thing you notice as you enter is a room full of nervous potential nominees. She puts you at ease. dumb and blind” if you didn’t get the nomination. As you wait. --Gen. No fidgeting. you get curious looks from the candidates still waiting. You see two people you know. about something the two of you had discussed at the Service Academy night. As you sit. and chat for a moment. being conquerable lies with your enemy --Sun Tzu . smile. You end your important day very happy. Finally. and most willing to accept the long-term commitment accompanying an Nobody ever drowned in sweat --USMC Lead me. as they try to read your thoughts. He tells you he’d be struck “deaf. The questions are similar to those you expected. When you answer questions. or get out of my way. No one tries to confuse you or obfuscate issues. calmly. follow me. the hardest question being why you selected the Naval Academy as your first choice rather than the Air Force Academy (your family has a history of participation in the Navy). your B&G officer leads you to the interview room. As you leave the building. Is she pleased with the outcome? Did they assure her of a nomination? You think you did fine. the Congressional assistant pops her head in the waiting room and chats with you. you reply honestly. You enter a large office with five officials—two you have already met. and it’s over before you know it. They seem sincerely interested in ferreting out those best suited to Academy life. George Patten appointment. you mull over your reasons for applying and how the country’s investment in you can be returned. but you can’t be sure because you can’t compare your performance with the other top teens that applied.
an exciting step in the arduous application process.Churchill to General George Marshall 1945 Building a Midshipman Page 86 . as well as nine going to other Service Academies. yell for your parents. Yes. You meet four others going to the Naval Academy. Not yet… You know it takes six to eight weeks to process and post information. You had to create them. although you already knew this. your Congressman invites all appointees to a June pre-Plebe Summer reception in their honor. and your name received the nod. -. affording them an opportunity to develop acquaintances—maybe a friendly visage in that sea of faces on Induction Day. All in all. you competed with thirty-seven local high school seniors.” You bound up the stairs in excitement. coming from the USNA makes it more official… and important. It has not fallen to your lot to command great armies.” Somehow.” Congressman Cox bestows his official and personal imprimatur: That you will succeed at one of the most challenging educational environments in the world. and IM all of your friends—what a great Christmas gift! One more piece of the puzzle in place! You check the CIS website to see if the Academy shows receipt of your nomination. but you are impatient. “I commend you for your commitment to the pursuit of an excellent education and your desire to serve our Nation.States Air Force Academy for the classes entering in 2004. His trust and confidence in you bears great weight and demands much of you as you move forward. organize them and inspire them. seeking nominations for the five service academies. To recognize the honor and importance of the nomination and appointment. so you’re not surprised. It requires almost three months before the Naval Academy sends official notification: “Congratulations! You have received a nomination from the Honorable Christopher Cox. This provides local Appointees a chance to meet others.
Review them and come up with honest. straight-forward answers that give the interviewer insight into your reasons for wanting to be selected for the Naval Academy: Why do you want to go to the Naval Academy What do you know about the honor code? What are your best and worst characteristics How have you handled failure in your life What is leadership.Here are some of the questions Maggie was asked at her various interviews. and what makes you think you can be a leader What sparked interest in the Academy your Naval Who would you most like to be Building a Midshipman Page 87 .
10.Tell us what you think of (a current event) How are you preparing physically for the USNA How are you going to handle the pressure of the Academy Where do you see yourself in 5. 15 years What are your alternatives if you do not get into the Naval Academy Building a Midshipman Page 88 .
everything—and conclude the examination! Don’t wait. …This letter is your authorization…” With the arrival of that letter. Do this as soon as possible. has given DoDMERB (the Department of Defense Medical Exam Review Boardhttps://dodmerb.H. Schedule the appointment. Even a temporary. limbs. the US Government time and (one resources DoDMERB expend determining your fitness physically for an appointment appointment covers all Service Academies).tricare. Don’t wait until you’re a senior. keep yourself in top notch physical health—eyes. reschedule. If a physical problem surfaces prior to the DoDMERB exam (a sprained arm or eye injury—the type that often happens to Varsity athletes).CHAPTER FOURTEEN: DODMERB "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. ears. or you pass the PAE.mil) authorization to perform a physical on you—a thorough three to four hour exam given at government expense to Academy candidates of interest. thinking you’re busy or have lots of time. USNA has labeled you an official candidate. G." . and with that. Wells W agrees Academy to e have scheduled a medical examination for you.osd. easy-toexplain condition must be viewed by DoDMERB as an inconsistency with stated physical Building a Midshipman Page 89 .
He never reapplied. The second friend profiled as a solid applicant. Nothing permanent. DoDMERB no longer requires a dental exam. Mr. ask what you can do for your country. The admittance mailing finished by April 15th. The deadline came and went for offers of appointment. Kennedy DoDMERB until the middle of his senior year. Everything about his application earned top scores. I hold no cherished outcome. It’s easier to reschedule DoDMERB than get a waiver. Exactly what the Navy wanted. pretty sure as a Perfect Candidate. or may exclude you from competition for an appointment. one of the 66-85 percent accepted following the various qualification levels. Send-the-limo waited to schedule his Ask not what your country can do for you. except for his wisdom teeth. Great GPA. Star wrestler at the high school. The third friend had a dire. I bring an unprotected heart to our meeting place. His Blue and Gold officer and the Congressman proffered their stamps of approval. This means it will require a waiver (and a waiver may not arrive in time for your acceptance). He waited and waited and waited. once again the deadline came and went. He applied for a waiver. Once again.requirements. his dental x-rays showed wisdom teeth problems requiring their removal (at that time. The first presented as a send-the-limo kid (the dream applicant). he got his acceptance the last week of May. By the time he got the I drink from your well. he waited to schedule the DoDMERB. Then. but unbeknownst to him. Building a Midshipman Page 90 . but successful outcome. After he’d given up and pierced his ear. He also had perfect health. and entered with the Class of 2007). so he thought he’d been denied. class standing." -John F. I am not subject to disappointment. only X-rays and removal of impacted wisdom teeth prior to reporting for duty). and ran out of time. I will not negotiate by withholding. --Druid Vow of Friendship notice. You have vicarious experience through three friends. The physical seemed to go well. he’d be OK. he injured his eye in a wrestling match. and arranged their removal. for various inconsequential reasons. stayed out of wrestling. SAT’s. an excluding event that had to be resolved prior to acceptance. but he couldn’t pass the eye test. and he missed the offer of appointment. His medical waiver didn’t come through until May. and still he waited for the waiver approval (He did reapply the next year.
but your appointment ranks secondary to medical emergencies. You tried. The Medical Exam package includes a four-page questionnaire. you’ll be sure not to go to the bathroom until after you’ve seen that doctor. psychological questions. You couldn’t. -. Finally. a general medical physical. The process involves over three hours. the acceptance letter allows the Academy a last look on Induction Day. which delays you several times.And.African Proverb Building a Midshipman Page 91 . and three floors of the hospital. Next time. Even if you get a waiver. and waited. You go through vision and hearing tests. You go through all of the questions with care. and nothing happened. By the time they have completed poking and stabbing and manipulating you. The hardest part turns out to be peeing in the cup when your turn came. You drive to the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital where the physical takes place. and at least one test you don’t want to talk about. and blocks to be completed by the examining doctor. marking them truthfully. The doctors work with efficiency and a personable attitude. detailed medical history. they allowed you to go to the next step in the process and return in about an hour to complete (successfully) the urinalysis. waivers can be tricky. covering general applicant data. they rate you 100 percent healthy with aviator-qualified vision (20-15). Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
Skill Pull-ups/Flex-arm Hang Push-ups Standing Long Jump Kneeling Basketball Throw Shuttle Run Mid-point 12 44 88 in.2 sec. you have practiced relentlessly. 6 29 80 in. kneeling basketball throw. push-ups.3 sec.2 sec. You knew they required physical strength. and researching their website prior to Summer Seminar came up with the following standards: MEN Min. standing long-jump. 16 sec 12 66 in. 66. 31 ft. The Naval Academy expects candidates to a challenging level of physical accomplishment in the areas of flexed arm hang (pull-ups for men).” After failing this test at Summer Seminar. 24 73 in." - Sir Winston Churchill S master atisfactory completion of the Physical Aptitude Examination (PAE) is one of the requirements for admission to the United States Naval Academy. WOMEN Min. Mid-point 34 sec. Page 92 Building a Midshipman . 60. keep going. mock testing every Sunday.CHAPTER FIFTEEN: THE PHYSICAL APTITUDE EXAMINATION "If you are going through hell. to be sure this next time is the last time. 72 ft. 58 ft. and shuttle run. Every time you check the CIS. 69. 76.3 sec. you are reminded that you haven’t yet passed the PAE. 43 ft.
in conjunction with specific PAE exercises. your mock tests are successful. You work on concepts like ‘Positive mental attitude’. Mr. run with the cross country team. If you had known.Much to your surprise (why didn’t someone mention this?). will do it—you hope. You can retake the test until you pass. It is much more rigorous this time than during Summer Seminar. you realize the importance of this skill). ten seconds. you pass the flexed arm hang with a thirty-second score—almost to the midpoint (during Plebe summer. Flexibility WEDNESDAY Run 10 to 15 minutes Flexibility Push-up and sit-up ladders THURSDAY Swim/Bike/ Aerobic training 20-30 min. ‘Work through the pain’. you would have pre-tested your skills. your cross country coach. An example of one week: MONDAY Run 10 to 15 minutes Flexibility 1 minute of push-ups and sit-ups TUESDAY Swim/Bike/ Aerobic training 20-30 min. That. Curry must follow explicit instructions. to administer the test. and observe every push up and sit-up. The sooner you submit the score. the Naval Academy administered the PAE during Summer Seminar. then back down to eleven seconds. as you scramble to cross the high bar on the O-course. One Sunday. You struggle over and over with the flexed arm hang—four seconds. Flexibility FRIDAY Run 10-15 minutes Flexibility Push-up and sit-up ladders SATURDAY Swim/Bike/ Aerobic training 20-30 min. as long as the results show up at the Naval Academy by March. You spend the summer and into the school year strengthening your arms and legs and torso. You decide to pull the plug and schedule the assessment for mid-October. You work out at the gym. Curry. You conquered everything except the flexed arm hang— and failing one category constitutes failing the entire test. You research and find a “Recommended Exercise Routine” to prepare for Plebe summer. discovered the dreadful condition of your arm muscles and worked them until they could do their job long enough to pass. You arrange with Mr. eighteen seconds. the sooner the Board can evaluate your application. Building a Midshipman Page 93 . follow the recommended weekly exercise routine. and take a practice PAE every Sunday. ‘Just do it!’ Finally. Flexibility See the Appendix for the USNA PE Department’s full workout schedule.
Even if it’s not required for acceptance to USNA. although short of your thirty-one second personal best. Curry on the football field. you’ll need these skills to pass Plebe Summer. you hang from the bar for twentyseven seconds—a great score. You do well—missed maxing push-ups by one! To your surprise. you meet Mr. You know they won’t schedule your review until it’s posted. something incredible is waiting to be known. It finally shows up in December. Keep track of your progress on this chart: WEEK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 PUSH-UPS FLEXED ARM HANG KNEELING BASKETBALL THROW SHUTTLE RUN STANDING LONG JUMP Building a Midshipman Page 94 .The Sunday before the test. As your cross-country teammates set out on a six-mile run. So you wait… "Somewhere. From the first click of the stop-watch to the last puff of a push up takes over an hour." (Carl Sagan) Practice for the PAE. Monday after school arrives. Here are your scores: PUSHUPS 47 FLEXED ARM HANG 27seconds KNEELING BASKETBALL THROW 63 feet SHUTTLE RUN 71 seconds STANDING LONG JUMP 67 feet You check the CIS website to see when they post receipt of your PAE. you pass everything.
and an important nod in the approval process. You chatted with him at several Academy Nights. the PAE test and the DoDMERB exam.CHAPTER SIXTEEN: BLUE AND GOLD INTERVIEW "We didn't lose the game. The B&G officer knows you better than any other person involved in the selection process. His/Her opinion of you will weigh heavily as they review your application. we just ran out of time. Building a Midshipman Page 95 .Vince Lombardi T he B&G (Blue allows and the Gold) Naval Interview Academy one more opportunity to insure that they appoint Viewed Video Discussed Plebe Summer Honor Concept Limited Majors Prep Program Videos currently used by USNA Student aware of plebe summer training purpose Student made aware of Honor Concept Programs that are not offered at USNA." . emailed him at critical junctures in the application process. and updated him on your progress during NROTC Is student pursuing Scholarship NROTC scholarship? Military Select from the list of Career six general military Preference specialties Desired Major Which major is student interested in pursuing Summer Seminar. Few colleges invest the time and money in a personal in-home interview (except for recruited athletes). If not offered direct admission candidates who will make it through the next nine years. You enjoy a good rapport with Gus Laney. For the Naval Academy. it’s a mandatory step.
but not a tie-and-jacket-pretentiousness. those intangible traits that should be considered You do commit to taking advantage of the free Princeton Review SAT course offered at school for IB applicants. so he commends you on that. but Building a Midshipman Page 96 . His questions remind you of those at the Congressional Interview—why do you want to attend the Naval Academy? What will you do if they don’t select you? Nothing tricky. You send a thank-you note to Mr. You’ve learned from Freshman Year! Supply the Admissions Board information not provided within the Candidate's application. a stress-free interview. Not yet. It ends with you returning home to study Calculus. select the overall evaluation grade that best suits the student. Your time restraints make this difficult: Although it’s senior year. You know yourself. and it’s only been six hours…. Laney. His lone suggestion reminds you to continue increasing your SAT scores. currently at 1350. you’ve passed the PAE. All in all. sign it “Go Navy Beat Army!” You start checking the CIS website to see when it shows up as completed. He suggests a review course. By now. You’ve dropped the violin lessons. and if you overload your schedule.He arranges a coffee meeting at a local restaurant. practice time reserved for Orchestra at school and the PSYO Sunday sessions. you implode. Based upon your general impression of their potential to succeed at the Naval Academy. respectful. you have eight classes (including four APs). You decide to wear khaki pants and a collared shirt—conservative.
The summer before your official senior year goes like this: day 12/22: You spend a week at the Naval ike + weights— 2 hrs N room Academy’s Summer Seminar — 1 hr You spend a week at the Air dogs day 12/23: Force’s Summer Seminar — 1 hr You take the mandatory health dogs ike + weights— 2 hrs class—required to graduate (you N room sneak it in the eight days between e application essays app. Dwight D.” —Gen. You don’t have time.CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: SENIOR YEAR “History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. Eisenhower S ome students get senioritis their last year of high school. forms NASS and UND Summer Science nesday 12/24: — 1 hr Program) dogs You spend three weeks at the ike + weights— 2 hrs University of Notre Dame’s N room e essays Summer Science program research paper You spend a month with your UCI mentor completing background for your science project You complete the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology project— “Genotypic and Phenotypic Variation Building a Midshipman Page 97 .
then you make sure the transcripts get updated before following up on a request they be mailed. Next. for the Naval Academy. sports. Congressional you request transcripts for all Congressional representatives. One teacher does eight at once!). You can submit additional recommendations. you study as much as you can in your summer free time You get your driver’s license Now. etc. and Senator Boxer. that worked out fine…One more thing: you get the counselor to sign and mail the Candidate Activities Record—you fill out all of the high school activities. you request letters of recommendation from a math and English teacher. But first. that you participated in and the counselor approves and mails it. That’s all the Academy wants—just those two. giving you a last chance at the best score possible. Building a Midshipman Page 98 the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate” You sign up for two more SAT examinations. you round up last year’s English teacher.Between Brassica rapa Populations on Thursday 12/25: Friday 12/26: violin— 1 hr walk dogs run/bike + weights— 2 hrs CLEAN room Notre Dame essay continue research paper Saturday 12/27: violin— 1 hr walk dogs run/bike + weights— 2 hrs CLEAN room Monday 12/29: send Notre Dame application violin— 1 hr Sunday 12/28: walk dogs violin— 1 hr run/bike + weights— 2 hrs walk dogs CLEAN room CLEAN room BIRTHDAY! shop. and . eat. OK. First. And. Your teachers tire of your never-ending requests. you for have the to round up recommendations nomination— two each for Congressman Cox. He must correct that grade. be merry register to vote Tuesday 12/30: violin— 1 hr walk dogs run/bike + weights— 2 hrs CLEAN room Wednesday 12/31: violin— 1 hr walk dogs run/bike + weights— 2 hrs CLEAN room letters—some teachers will have to do for the NROTC application. and it’s only September (you have five more colleges that each need two multiples. Then. clubs. who reported the wrong grade on your report card. you’re ready to start the Academic year. Senator Feinstein. but they advise against it. classes.
Now you wait. and you’ll get the awards you get. Your extra activities include PSYO orchestra Thursday 1/1: violin— 1 hr walk dogs run/bike + weights— 2 hrs CLEAN room continue research paper Friday 1/2: violin— 1 hr walk dogs run/bike + weights— 2 hrs CLEAN room finish research paper Saturday 1/3: violin— 1 hr walk dogs run/bike + weights— 2 hrs CLEAN room Sunday 1/4: violin— 1 hr walk dogs run/bike + weights— 2 hrs CLEAN room practice Sundays and work ten to fifteen hours a week. Theory of Knowledge. Cross Country." —Paul Erdos be incomplete—you’re missing the B&G Interview. The Senior class challenges remain: Who will be Valedictorian? And who will get the most awards and scholarships? You don’t care about those—you won’t be the ultimate or penultimate in your class. You check with Gus Laney. The CIS shows your application to "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. No more and no less. That means the Review Board can now assess your application and approve (or disapprove) your appointment. which he then mails off—the final piece of your application. AP Civics. it keeps everyone in your group working hard. Your important goals for October are: Submit the Siemens Westinghouse project Study for and retake the SAT (you’re still trying to break 1400—and this time you do!) Complete the PAE. You practice as often as possible during the week and mock-test yourself every Sunday. But. and Orchestra. and he checks with the Naval Academy. You’re rewarded with an excellent test—you pass with flying colors (see PAE section) Make sure your updated information makes it to Congressman Cox for next month’s interview In November. this item clears and you show a complete package. Building a Midshipman Page 99 .Your class load includes AP Calculus. Your Blue and Gold Officer follows this up with his all-important stamp of approval. After some effort. AP English. you prepare for and take your Congressional interview (see Congressional Interview section). AP Biology.
and Candidate Weekend. The return address says ‘USNA’. You receive a letter from the Naval Academy. Several already have early acceptance—to Harvard.You wait . You head from your car to the mailbox. Maybe one or two sheets of paper. Alec (future Harvard freshman) updates his screen name in Theory of Knowledge. You share his excitement. there’s a large manila envelope. but a legalsized envelope.. one more round of SAT’s. They post their acceptances on AIM. Not a big package. The mail arrives at 2:24. AP Biology study groups turn into gossip sessions—who got accepted where. Light weight. waiting. and what will it be like? All you can post is. Dhana (future Johns Hopkins student) gets bored in Twentieth Century Topics and alphabetizes the bookshelves. but what does that mean for you? Your group of friends mentally moves on to college. When you tug open the front of the mailbox. An invitation to Candidate Weekend Visit (see Candidate Visit section). to Stanford. carried within a region’s rocks. Your schoolmate receives his acceptance into the Naval Academy. such as paleoclimate. RFLP analysis and physical comparison of the physical and genetic characteristics of Brassica rapa populations on the North American and Pacific Plates. not hurrying. That changes in February. School seems anticlimactic to decisions being made across the country. although you don’t get home until 3:16. You open it. The same movements you’ve followed every day since October when your application package showed as complete on CIS. You wait. stuffed diagonally into the too-small inside. December comes and goes. were performed The results show qualitative differences between the populations with statistically minimal correlation. The Holiday season arrives. paleomagnetism and plate movements. acceptance letter is in the mailbox that evening for tomorrow’s pickup. mutate plant growth? To test this. waiting. January brings semester finals. November passes. You wait some more. Time stops. All you want for Christmas is…. Building a Midshipman Page 100 . But today is different. adjacent to the San Andreas Fault. but not dragging. one to Harvey Mudd. Maggie’s abstract for her science Project for Siemens Westinghouse Science Competition Your Abstract Can geologic factors..
everyone who wrote letters of recommendation. Building a Midshipman Page 101 . You spend two to three hours a day working out— year becomes secondary to preparing for Plebe Summer. a Plebe. Senior Year has ended. You end up with a 4 on the AP Calculus test as well as the AP Biology test. raise your right hand and say ‘I do’. And you finish the important things. but you run out of time. though the Naval Academy still requires you validate your knowledge. built layer upon layer. you no longer feel like a high school student—a young kid taking classes and studying for tests. ready to take your place next to 1200 other white-uniformed high school graduates. but so do everyone else’s. You make pennants and post them on the wall of your English classroom—a visual representation of accomplishments. is AP allPsychology.In that instant. and commit your next nine years to the US Navy. Your Calculus grade improves second semester. and Calculus important because you’ll have to Senior Picnic at Knott’s Berry Farm: Alec figures out the physics of the teacup ride. running. immunizations and extra shots. Everything about senior Senior Awards Assembly: Alec (again) brings a study book for Harvard. you receive a packet from the Naval Academy requiring dental records. You all have chosen colleges and universities in diverse parts of the nation. because you’re studying for the love of the class and for your future. weight-lifting. Leslie Duvall. your B&G Officer. AP English. goodbyes and guarantees to stay in touch. whatever will strengthen you for the rigors of Plebe Summer. before you know it. You send thank-you’s to everyone possible—the Congressman. Orchestra. And. AP Biology. The Naval Academy recommends obtaining a passport. In April. You are thankful that second semester you have only five classes—AP Calculus. but you round everything up. faster than the brain’s synapse takes to travel from your eyes to your excitement spot. Your grades drop somewhat. with a flurry of graduation. It takes you a day and three trips to doctors. Many of your friends have heard from their selected universities. have finally exposed your present: You are a United States Naval Academy Midshipman. take Calculus as a Plebe. biking. The horizon lines marking your life’s events. you’re off to your future.
what other items you need to add. work-outs. etc. Check Maggie’s and see what you should include.Here’s your ‘To-do’ list for Senior Year. and what jobs you can skip because you’ve completed them. This should include: College application follow-ups USNA uncompleted items Research projects in completion phase Scholarships Day One of Winter Vacation: Sport Academics Hobbies Music Volunteer Other (college applications.) Day Two of Winter Vacation: Sport Academics Hobbies Music Varsity sports skills Exercise Personal grooming Taking care of pets Taking care of personal items Building a Midshipman Page 102 . This will be the last big chunk of time you have to complete critical items. This includes the primary areas USNA considers significant.
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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN SAT/ACT SCORES
“Everywhere man blames nature and fate Yet Fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses.” —Democritus
es, you worry about these. They separate the ins from the outs, the yes’s from the no’s, the girls from the women. You took your first one in seventh grade—a prePSAT. A warm, fuzzy test, that didn’t count and provided copious feedback. You took several more diagnostic tests after that one, with similar strengths and
weaknesses noted. Your first SAT came in at 1120, and your last one at 1430. In-between you bought books, took a guided study course, memorized flashcards, and prayed. they are important and you often wished that they weren’t.
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CHAPTER NINETEEN UPDATES TO YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." Albert Einstein
tarting in January, admissions personnel will begin reviewing candidate statuses.” So reads one of the many letters you receive from the Naval Academy,
updating you on your status, or requesting additional information. Waiting, waiting. To hear. Will it be yes or no? Or, like your friend, will you wait until mid-May to get the ‘come on down’? What to do while you wait. You apply to other schools, just in case. You talk to USNA grads who assure you your chances are excellent. You email your Plebe friend, but he’s too busy to stay in touch. So you wait. You send constant updates to your package—anything relevant, especially items that make you look good. You are awarded semi-finalist in the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology competition—you let the Naval Academy known, along with your complete research package. Then you wait some more. You make the JV cross country team—you let them know.
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responsibilities of IB science project leader—you let the Naval Academy know. You win concertmaster position—again—of your high school orchestra—that’s right: you send them a little note. Anything to stay in touch. The Naval Academy’s internet based Candidate Information System (CIS) allows you to track the progress of your application—missing items, candidate data, official test scores, nominations, medical status, and the Blue and Gold Officer and the Naval Academy Regional Director information. It shows all required documents and their date— Personal Data Record, Personal Statement, Record, Strong Math Interest Teacher Inventory, Physical Aptitude Exam, Candidate Activity submittal
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty." -John F. Kennedy
"Yeah, but we're making great time!" — In reply
to "Hey Yogi, I think we're lost."
recommendation, English Teacher Recommendation, high school transcripts, college transcripts (if required), SAT/ACT scores, Congressional or VP Nominations. You can confirm that mailed information reached the intended party, and requested information has been logged in. If you’re waiting on SAT scores, this is useful, especially if test scores may be critical to a final decision. You check it constantly and—you guessed it— it shows everything is submitted and accounted for.
"This is like deja vu all over again." —Yogi Berra
At NASS, you received eight prepaid envelopes with your application package, and you use every one of them. Sometimes you use regular mail. Sometimes, FedEx. For your science project, you FedEx all thirty pages. During Candidate Weekend Visit, the shuttle driver from the airport happens to work at the Naval Academy. You stay in touch with him, call him and see if he’ll check on your package. Understandingly, he agrees to do this. And you wait some more. Building a Midshipman Page 111
You await the USNA’s Weekend commitment. Can you survive Calculus and Chemistry (the Plebe killer)? Are Mids friendly? Will they give you the low-down on Academy life? It’s departure day. bags packed. You’ve committed yourself to four years as a Mid. and all observing physical daily activities. ticket in hand. S. you’re already there. This visit program is offered only to a select group of candidates. Naval Academy and historic Annapolis. nor man perfected without trials. ‘Candidate Visit’ sounds promising—they invite you to spend two days Plebe. Chinese Proverb P merely with a academic exercise.CHAPTER TWENTY CANDIDATE WEEKEND VISIT The gem cannot be polished without friction. and you’re ready.” Mentally. You’ll miss three days of school right before January finals. lease accept my personal invitation to spend a weekend visiting the U. but the Academy doesn’t look at senior grades Building a Midshipman Page 112 . classes. and then five more years serving your country.
in of Hall. Friday evening involves a mix of fun and studying. You end up in a Calculus class with your friend. you feel do jealousy—what they have that garnered an early appointment? But most attendees seem just like you— trying one more time to convince the Academy they would make a good Mid. Meals turn out to be huge—so much food! And everyone eats a lot. much more than your customary allotment. Jason.Will Rogers . As usual. He begs for help with a tricky vector concept (you are so thankful you enrolled in Calculus this year). take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there. introduction Some candidates already take part appointments. with friendly students who buckle down ready to work when the Professor begins his lecture. Despite yourself. and doesn’t treat you like you’re a burden. an to the have received and the parents and visitors. you could travel alone. intelligent.(although several of your alternative choices do). you show the guard your valid picture ID and the letter accepting you for the Candidate Weekend. All weekend. personal. No fooling around. When you arrive at the Academy. Although a number Building a Midshipman Page 113 If you're ridin' ahead of the herd. You observe the Honor Concept in action: Some students must take an online quiz. but you don’t want to. You meet your Plebe guide—Ruth. pre-Plebes go by the nom de plume ‘Drag’ because they ‘drag’ along behind their Mid. which makes it fun. There’s a general meeting at 9:15 at Chauvenet Room 216. your Dad accompanies you. from high school—now a Plebe. -. Classes turn out to be what you hoped—small. Weekend to confirm their choice. so you’re not worried. Yes. You like Ruth right away—she’s affable.
backed by an intimidating resume of well-rounded scholastics. Or basketball. and the skills you’ve gotten over four years become the same ones that will solve world problems for as long as you serve in the Armed Forces. your Plebe and her friends share opinions about the Academy openly and honestly. Anyway. The team encourages you to do crew when appointed—but you think Martial Arts sounds better (it practices inside. When your roommates rise at 5:30 am for a crew workout. nor the top-notch level of competition faced at the Academy. As the two days progress. sports. Some worry about passing their PRT (Physical Readiness Test). and a few worry about flunking. you’re ready. every student feels the importance and weight of succeeding. but that’s not an option. They tell you about daily life. male vs. Annapolis in winter can’t be confused for California. some aren’t used to working so hard academically. nor do they share answers. While everyone intellectually can succeed. but you knew that. female. they don’t advise the others. comfort never was the goal of this visit. and extra-curricular activities. Every student here ranked high in their graduating class. You’d prefer the hallway floor. you’re still cold. You sleep on a cot by a drafty Bancroft Hall window. Here they rank average—because everyone excels. the traumas of Plebe summer. evening study hours quickly dissipate. and not at 5:30 in the morning!). Nevertheless.of them have finished. Between physical demands and military requirements. Building a Midshipman Page 114 . classes. No matter how many layers you wear. They won’t even admit whether the quiz is easy or difficult! The Honor Concept rules at the USNA. And nothing can prepare them for the shortage of study time. USNA models a design-build architecture firm—professors train you well because their boss hires you upon graduation.
reinforcing the veracity of this biggest of all decisions. No change. You leave knowing that attending any other school will be settling for second best. the Honor Concept. not quite the person he left two days ago. you IM your friends about your great weekend. They like you—their last Drag didn’t stay with them (although Drags must follow their Plebe everywhere s/he goes. When you return home. But the Plebe does write up a FitRep on your two days at USNA). and clearer than ever on what the carrot at the end of the high school stick should be. Second. Then. Mostly the same. a touch wiser. but a tiny bit more mature. you wait… Building a Midshipman Page 115 . you have bonded with girls your intellectual and physical counterpart. When it’s over. the first thing you do is check the CIS.By the time you leave. There can be no place like the United States Naval Academy. Your positive attitude and eagerness to participate in everything have made your two days an event for everyone. no one enforces the rule— once again. you meet up with your dad.
The hair on me head is hemp. checked the mail like you have every day since December—seventy-five days ago. It still says.” It’s 3:16 in the afternoon. and then you reread it." Francois-Auguste Rodin. when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues I am pleased to offer you an appointment to the United States Naval Academy as a member of the Class of 2008. It doesn’t change.CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE YOU’RE ACCEPTED! "I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need. you fill out the acceptance always be where you want to go. sir! Me mother was a mermaid. form and send it by return mail to the USNA Admissions. I am. Seaweed and barnacles are me clothes. Every tooth in me head is a marlinspike. You have no doubt: This will Building a Midshipman Page 116 . And when I spits. I spits tar! I's hard. Every bone in me body is a spar. You just stare… “If you accept this appointment. “Congratulations!” After you sit down in shock. and again. I is. I was born on the crest of a wave and rocked in the cradle of the deep. You came home as usual from HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE NAVY? "All me bloomin' life.S. stutter your relief and excitement. here it is. In your hand. I are!" school. Naval Academy’ packet…” You read the entire letter. you will receive a ‘Permit to Report to the U. And now. me father was King Neptune.
pull-ups (almost got one). You respond. like IB and calculus. You now run faster than you ever did on the cross country team. AP English.” (not exciting anymore to you). a cellist has chosen UCLA. You play your final orchestra concert—Mahler. items become the top priority on your daily To Do schedule: At any moment. for life. biking. you fear they will realize they made a mistake accepting you. PSYO’s last performance acknowledges all seniors. more running. Two to three hours a day—running. because you’ll need that as a Plebe at the Naval Building a Midshipman Page 117 . “Notre Dame. You’re still taking AP Biology. defend our freedoms. Working out. and a notarized copy of your birth certificate. mail them back and make your reservations for planes and hotels. the ladder. and send a rescission. Your proclamation receives an electrifying round of applause from the audience. One violinist responds. Not college. The motivation becomes personal: You’re doing it for yourself. but a job—an avocation. Symphony orchestra. You complete the forms. but there’s just one class that really matters: Calculus. with congratulations and a brief colloquy about summer plans and where they will attend college. securing your trip to I-Day. you find out that you must get a dental clearance and x-rays. weight lifting. AP Calculus. and the incomparable Tchaikovsky. a police clearance.In the Permit to Report package. more running. “A Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy”. a member of the tightest fraternity in the country. These simple PLEBE SUMMER CARE PACKAGE ITEMS foot Powder body Powder white crew socks disposable lighter extension cord stamped and addressed envelopes and postcards presweetened kool-aid kleenex pictures Swiffer wipes newspaper clippings dried fruit breath mints Shout wipes Academy. Like Calculus. and the pianist plans to travel across the country to Julliard. push-ups. AP Psychology. preparing for the incogitable— Plebe Summer and beyond—has become part of the day-to-day routine. They recognize a young adult willing to stand up for the country’s beliefs. Shostakovich.
why you wanted to be part of the Armed Services. One has a Midshipman son. Building a Midshipman Page 118 . At that time. You thank him for his feedback and tell him how proud you already feel. peanuts batteries soft cloths to polish shoes alarm Clock toiletries aspirin cough drops. ready for the day you can’t remember what made you sign on the dotted line and raise your right hand swearing the Oath of Office that donated your next nine years to the Navy. more than the standard Navy issue that matches all other Plebes. Jason.Afterwards. And a second list of items your parents should bring to Plebe Parent Weekend (PPW). blister pads foot Powder body Powder hi k to know how proud he remains. a Plebe. but the Navy will provide everything that’s legal to wear. This you seal in an envelope. emails you and signs it “Youngster Burnes” (he’s been promoted to his second year as a Mid. and you will become. several parents seek you out. called the Youngster year). You prepare a list of items you’d like sent as Care Packages during the ninety days of Plebe Summer. and affirming all the pre-Plebe emotion—the exhilaration and optimism that washed over you when you joined the Class of 2008. The USNA loves Countdown Clocks—I-Day Countdown (forty days and counting) becomes your favorite. representing your graduation from Plebe Summer. you’ll be permitted personal MOM—BRING THESE TO PPW Socks Underwear Make-up Computer Buy calculator Iron and ironing board Printer (or all-in-one machine) items. The last thing you do before leaving involves writing a letter to yourself (see Appendix) stating all of the reasons why you chose the Naval Academy. Your friend. You’d buy clothes. Another served as a marine for twenty years and wants you PLEBE SUMMER CARE PACKAGE (PART II) quarters for laundry chex mix tigers milk bars.
you will be rejected for physical reasons. it’s important to maintain a backup plan until you’ve repeated the Oath of Office and officially become a Midshipman at the United Stated Naval Academy. Building a Midshipman Page 119 . or any other goal in life. you considered sending in your rejections to the other colleges that accepted you into their Freshman class. as you awaited I-Day. And that's the price that we all have to pay to achieve goal. they are not born.CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO I-DAY AND THE OATH OF OFFICE "Leaders are made.by hard work. So. If injured prior to Induction Day." -Vince Lombardi- Y ou raise your right hand and solemnly repeat the United States Navy Oath of Office: After your appointment. But the USNA chat boards recommended you hold off on that. And they are made just like anything else has ever been made in this country.
and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. ___________. do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. that I take this obligation freely. that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. so help me God.I. without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. Building a Midshipman Page 120 . having been appointed a midshipman in the United States Navy.
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but don’t defeat yourself. USAFA. See Appendix for what USNA likes—varsity sports. Challenge yourself.APPENDIX A TIMELINE "Never mistake motion for action. Evaluate your interests and goals.Ernest Hemingway SUMMER BEFORE FRESHM AN YEAR Begin considering your choice of colleges. See if this is for you Decide which colleges you might want to attend and list their requirements. leadership." . but don’t take them if they aren’t right for you. UND. If it works. Take as many AP/Honors classes as possible. This DURING FRESHM AN YEAR Building a Midshipman Page 122 . that was the USNA. Don’t pick one college to focus on—you probably will come up with the typical college you would like to attend (for Maggie. UCLA and Claremont Colleges) and they will have similar requirements. take a pass-fail class at the local community college. Make sure you are on track to achieve what they require. Set up an Excel spreadsheet to track your high school accomplishments (see Maggie’s in the Appendix) Attend Academy Night Meet your Blue and Gold officer Meet your Congressional aid Go on a Blue and Gold tour of a submarine—or whatever they offer.
SUMMER BEFORE SOPHOM ORE YEAR Building a Midshipman Page 123 . For Maggie. and decided to try it again if classes were going well second semester sophomore year. but don’t overdo it. Maggie struggled with honors math and science. Are you on track for your typical college of choice? If you have a particular activity that you love—but it probably won’t help in your college application—don’t give it up. sword fighting. While she excelled at violin (concertmaster often. As it turned out. It also shows any colleges that you were capable and independent early in your high school career. Retake a class you did poorly in if necessary. first violin always). so decided to drop both of them and take regular Chemistry and Algebra II Sophomore year. Maggie played in the high school summer soccer league.introduces you to college life without the stress. Things have a way of working out. Continue it. Maggie took Symphonic Orchestra for 2 years (and Spanish as a Junior). Evaluate whether you are doing as much as possible in the way of challenging yourself to be everything you can be. As a freshman. she never got good enough for solo awards. or too easy? Be sure you challenge yourself. She also dropped Academic Decathlon half-way through Freshman year. this turned out to be her violin. several universities expressed interest in her application based on her prowess as a violinist. the USNA doesn’t have an orchestra Pick something that will make you stand out from the crowd and excel at it. Unfortunately for Maggie’s music career. Pick something most people won’t do—like Lacrosse. Many schools evaluate entrance based on Sophomore/Junior year. Re-evaluate your course load—is it too hard. Participate in sports. Maggie retook Geometry.
Attend Academy Night Re-introduce yourself to your Blue and Gold officer Re-introduce yourself to your Congressional aid Take PSAT test for NMSQT. and something that indicated her personal motivation as well as her absence of fear in pursuing challenging endeavors. academics. Friends who preceded her to Ivy League and Technical colleges (ie. even in her free time. technology? Continue excelling at it! Learn how to get along with your teachers. It was an individual interest. If you need to. Cal Tech) told her that was the single best move she made. They will be very important in college applications. Although Maggie is a Black belt in Shaolin kenpo. For example. the USNA requires two Letters of DURING SOPHOM ORE YEAR Building a Midshipman Page 124 . Is there one thing you excel at—sports. begin a study program for SAT’s.Black belt in Karate. Talk to the Military representatives that visit your campus Consider the IB program if your school offers it. multiple martial arts training. The USNA likes you to take the most challenging classes offered and succeed—and these are the IB classes Pay attention to your GPA and your class rank because these are important to the USNA. she also picked independent science research. Don’t stress over them—just notice them.
SUMMER BEFORE JUNIOR YEAR JUNIOR YEAR Building a Midshipman Page 125 . And two more for… You get the idea. She decided not to take Spanish III (there wasn’t time anyway in her impacted IB schedule). She took it. but not overdoing it. Get serious about SAT’s/ACT’s. Talk to the current Midshipmen and other Service Academy students. Listen carefully. Participate in sports. or hard enough? Be sure you are challenging yourself. Junior year. This gave her the third year of Spanish some colleges required. Maggie decided to drop Varsity Soccer to provide more time for academics. so took it over the summer at the local Community College. And eight more for the USAFA. Attend Academy Night. Maggie qualified for a scholarship for an SAT study program.Recommendation for the application plus two more for each Congressional Nomination you pursue (Maggie solicited three—one congressman. without the hit to her GPA. This year. As an IB student. Re-evaluate your course load—is it too hard. her only sport was occasional tae-box classes. as well as a well-rounded student. The Selection Board at the USNA and other top tier colleges look for what you bring to the campus community. Ask questions. She was struggling in some of the courses and felt she couldn’t do it all. Retake a class you did poorly in if necessary. Five of her IB friends were also in the class—seems they had the same idea. Maggie also struggled with Spanish. Continue working on whatever it is that sets you apart. two senators)—Maggie needed eight Letters of Recommendation for just the USNA.
this is the last year they look at in considering acceptance. He will want to get to know you as a potential applicant. In February. Become active in the leadership of campus clubs. Take the SAT/ACT. Continue with Community Service hours—these are important to most colleges. In January. request a Congressional Nomination package from your Congressional Representative (Maggie received the package from Congressman Cox by mid-April). Ask about applying for a Congressional nomination. Secure the dates and deadlines for the application (usually Fall of your senior year). Building a Midshipman Page 126 . This is important! This is how they make their decisions! Do the best you can academically. Re-introduce yourself to your Congressional aid. For some colleges. This is true of the USNA.Talk with your Blue and Gold officer. Look ahead to the upcoming summer—what do you want to do? Visit colleges? Attend the USNA Summer Seminar? This is the time to start planning for your college experiences over the upcoming summer. Use the Excel spreadsheet of all your accomplishments you’ve been keeping since Freshman year. Get the best scores you can. prepare your resume for college applications. apply for the USNA and the USAFA Summer Seminar In April.
This time also allowed her to travel the campus and the local communities to determine her interest level in both. attend the USNA Summer Seminar. Join the summer cross country training group.If you can. Also thank him for his assistance so far. Continue working on whatever it is that sets you apart. Although Maggie had never run cross country before. and juggle many different demands on your time—just as you’ll have as a Midshipman. Maggie—finally—didn’t have to retake any classes. Maggie worked ten to fifteen hours a week as a courtesy clerk at Von’s. that you passed the PAE (or didn’t and will retake it). letting him know how Summer Seminar went. Get a sense of how their program fits your interests. Participate in sports. you will run run run. Send an update to your Blue and Gold Officer. Retake a class you did poorly in if necessary. and that you are beginning the application process. she practiced with the team over the summer and made JV for Fall of her senior year. Attend the Summer Seminars at as many Service Academies as you can fit. Maggie actually managed to graduate from her Junior year early so she could attend both the USAFA and the USNA. and SUMMER BEFORE SENIOR YEAR Building a Midshipman Page 127 . Maggie spent part of the summer finishing her phytogeology research and writing up the paper (there. In June. get a job. of course. This will be your last chance to correct grades for schools that only look at grades through your Junior year. or run on your own. so be ready for it. Working indicates an ability to be responsible. If you attend any Service Academy. would be no time during the school year.
and then performing RFLP analysis of the DNA. Complete the Candidate Personal Data Record. If you went to Summer Seminar. Current Studies and Personal Statement Form. If your senior year is impacted. the Summer Seminar application—whether you were selected to attend or not—serves as the initial application to the USAFA.the paper was due to Siemen’s Westinghouse in October). She also participated in an Independent Research program at UCI. you were given an application packet for the USNA. Keep a copy. take some classes to loosen it up. Academic Interest. At the USAFA. she attended a three-week science program at the University of Notre Dame that allowed her access to professors and their high-quality library. Schedule test dates for SAT’s/ACT’s –both if you can. Keep a copy. start your application. Either way. Sometimes students score considerably better on one than the other. Maggie had planned ahead the summer before her Junior year and taken a senior class—Economics—to allow time during her senior year for other IB classes. because this summer was too busy with the college traveling to allow time for high school summer school. Make a binder to include all USNA application materials. Complete the Strong Interest Inventory. Complete the Candidate Activities Record. Along those lines. so try both. That was good. Keep a copy. Building a Midshipman Page 128 . working with the department chair singalizing DNA from mustard plants. copies of information submitted and ideas collected regarding application and attendance.
If you can’t. You will take Calculus at the USNA (it’s an engineering school and every student graduates with a BS) and it will be challenging. and request a packet from your Congressman. Maggie went to Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital in July. As soon as possible. She ended up with eight classes her first semester with no room for Chemistry. but ran out of time. Keep a copy Mail the completed pages of your application—after making copies. Complete everything except for the Letters of Recommendation Make sure your Excel spreadsheet of accomplishments and your resume are completely up to date. request a packet from the VP. and had the results on 27 august 2004 (Potential Pilot Qualified). This is called the Plebe Killer and you should give yourself every chance of passing it. If you’re weak in Chemistry. Get your DoDMERB examination. take whatever the next best class is.Request and mail transcripts for all college classes taken in high school (for Maggie. that’s Spanish II and Symphonic Orchestra). retake it at the Community College—on a pass-fail basis. through the current summer. Building a Midshipman Page 129 . Maggie planned to. Start your Congressional nomination procedures—request packets from the two state senators. Be sure you include a cover letter that itemizes what is being sent and what has already been sent. Be sure you’re signed up for Calculus senior year.
complete the B&G Candidate Interview Stay in touch with your B&G Officer Follow-up on a Candidate Weekend Visit to the USNA Attend a Candidate Weekend Visit—spend time with a Plebe Follow-up on Medical waivers as needed Building a Midshipman Page 130 .SENIOR YEAR Get a Letter of Recommendation from two teachers for all three Congressional Nominations. you should have completed the Congressional Interview As quickly as can be arranged. Request high school transcripts be sent to the USNA Submit Candidate Activity Record (from USNA Application Package) to your school counselor for approval and mailing Follow-up on Congressional Interview appointment—be sure they have all materials and you are on the interview list Submit the School Official’s Evaluation of Candidate to appropriate Math and English teachers (this is the Naval Academy’s required two letters of recommendation for the application package) Retake SAT/ACT—until you get them right By December.
Personal Statement Strong Interest Inventory Candidate Activity Record School Official’s Evaluation of Candidate: English Mrs. XX School Official’s Evaluation of Candidate: Math Mr. Maggie Xxxxxx Candidate #xxxxxx SSN xxxx Building a Midshipman Page 131 .APPENDIX B MAGGIE’S APPLICATION COVER LETTER 03 July 2003 Maggie Xxxxxx 27062 Xxxxxxx City. Academic Interest. Current Studies. XX Request for Secondary School Transcript Updated Secondary School Transcript College Transcript Physical Aptitude Examination Qualifying Medical Examination Enclosed Enclosed Enclosed In progress In progress 6 7 8 9 10 11 In progress Enclosed January 2004 Enclosed Passed—Summer Seminar August 2003 Respectfully. CA 92653 Dean of Admissions US Naval Academy 117 Decatur Rd Annapolis MD 21402 Re: Maggie Xxxxxxx Candidate #xxxxxx SSN xxxxx Enclosed please find: 1 2 3 4 5 Photocopy of social security card Candidate Personal Data Record.
4 Class Rank 40 of 431 SAT Verbal: 700 Math: 710 AP European History Test: 4 AP US History Test: 4 Classes: Freshman Cultural Geography/IB English I Honors/IB Geometry Honors Spanish I Biology Symphony Orchestra JV Soccer Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra MUN Summer: Economics.II H Senior 20th Century Topics IB English IV/AP/IB Calculus AP/IB Symphony Orchestra Biology AP/IB Civics/AP/IB Theory of Knowledge Cross Country—JV/V Psychology/ AP/IB Awards received United States Air Force Academy Summer Seminar United State Naval Academy Summer Seminar USNA Official Candidate Designation #xxxxxx USAFA Tentative Candidate designation High Honors: Golden State Exam Biology Honors: Golden State Exam Chemistry Recognition: Golden State Exam 1st Year Algebra Scholar Athlete LHHS Egg Drop Competition: 1st Place—1 year National School Orchestra Award – two years in a row (Junior and Senior) Most Inspirational Orchestra Member Award: 2001-2002 and 2003-2004 LHHS Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster—2000-2004 Governor’s Scholar Award Winner Highest Honors: Principal’s Honor Roll Every Semester OCAD (Orange County Academic Decathlon) competition: 1st place Interview (perfect score) OCAD competition: 2nd place Speech. Spanish II (Saddleback College—HS Spanish III equiv. Theory of Knowledge IB Spanish IV IB Ind.S.C.A. Study Teacher Aide—Eng. Overall Team OCAD competition: 5th place Math. Team Super Quiz OCAD competition: 3rd place Essay.D. History AP/IB English III Honors/IB Math Analysis IB Symphony Orchestra Physics AP/IB O.APPENDIX C MAGGIE’S RESUME Objective Education This varies according to the College 2000-2004 High School Honors/AP/International Baccalaureate program GPA 4.).of Notre Dame) California Sophomore European History AP/IB English II Honors/IB Algebra II Spanish II Chemistry Symphony Orchestra Varsity Soccer Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra Junior U. Science OCAD competition: 4th place Overall Individual. Life Sciences (at Univ. Overall Team Department Academic Achievement Award: Chemistry Grant from American Association for Women Geoscientists—Soil Analysis Research Project All-Southern California Honor Orchestra SCSBOA Regional and District Instrumental Solo Competition (violin): Superior Building a Midshipman Page 132 .
ages 5-50. for entry into the competition in October. Mary and All Angels (6 hours) LHHS Music Boosters 4th of July Fundraisers (16 hours) St. Jerry Manning I completed a three-year study in the field of phytogeography of the physical and genetic differences between Brassica rapa plants growing on the North American and Pacific plates. community service and group activities Clubs Community Service Leadership positions: Work experience Extracurricular activities Appendix D: Building a Midshipman Page 133 . IB Independent Science Research Group IV Concertmaster of Laguna Hills High School Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Manager for Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra President of LHHS Young Musicians Guild Instructor— Shaolin Kenpo Karate for all ages and ranks Current Employment: Von’s (Safeway) Sales Specialist/Courtesy Clerk (10-15 hours/week) Instructor— Shaolin Kenpo Karate. orchestra manager Saddleback College Symphony Orchestra—Assistant Concertmaster (2 years) La Primavera Symphony Orchestra—1st violin (2 years) All-Southern Honor Orchestra (3 years) Violin House Summer Camp Orchestra—1st violin/concertmaster (3 years) Club Soccer at Bronze. 2003. Silver and Gold levels Varsity Soccer: 1 year Taebox (Tae-kwon-do and kickboxing melded): 2 years National Honors Society: 2 years California Scholarship Federation: 4 years Key Club: 2 years Science Club: 2 years Young Musicians Guild: 4 years Debate Club: 1 year Worked with University of Notre Dame’s community service group summer of ’03 (20 hours) Counselor’s Assistant in the Career Center (150 hours) Academic Tutoring (10 hours) Young Musicians Guild—concerts at local retirement homes (20 hours) Help local teachers with set up classrooms at LHHS and St. Timothy’s World Ministry (4 hours) Christian World Peace Fundraiser (3 hours) Help Virtuoso Strings in concerts (5 hours) AYSO referee (10 hours) Leader. Algebra Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition: Worked with UCI’s Dr. Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra—1st violin.Athletics Cross Country: 1 year. white through black belts (unpaid) Academic Tutoring: Geometry. 4 years. JV and Varsity 2nd degree Black Belt—Shaolin Kenpo Karate Instructor’s Degree—Shaolin Kenpo Karate Certified Adjudicator—Shaolin Kenpo Karate International Competitor: 1st place Sparring—Martial Arts (with 4+ additional trophies from other tournaments) Consistent winner at local tournaments—Martial Arts (20+ trophies) Club Soccer: 5 years—Bronze. Silver and Gold levels (5 Years) Various International Baccalaureate research.
gov follow-up on ordered app from Boxer personal statement complete application form finish app from Boxer counselor signed activity form give Administrator's form to Manzo give Teacher's form to Martin finish app for Feinstein: senate. FedEx app.Maggie’s USNA Application To Do List Tasks to get in USNA GO NAVY!!! BEAT ARMY!!! set up binder reformat resume for Cox reformat personal statement from USNA for Cox Bressette LoR Martin LoR finish application McCormack LoR order app from Boxer: senate. review personal statement with Gus Laney social security card personal data record academic interest current studies personal statement due date USNA 6/22/2003 6/29/2003 6/29/2003 8/15/2003 10/15/2003 9/4/2003 10/15/2003 6/22/2003 6/30/2003 7/31/2003 7/31/2003 10/3/2003 9/29/2003 9/30/2003 9/30/2003 10/3/2003 6/29/2003 8 '03 10/15/2003 6/29/2003 9/30/2003 9/30/2003 6/22/2003 6/28/2003 6/29/2003 cx TBA 6/24/2003 8/11/037:45am 7/10/2003 7/2/2003 6/23/2003 6/23/2003 6/23/2003 6/23/2003 6/23/2003 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x Building a Midshipman Page 134 .gov personal statement contact Manzo buy postcards type cover letter give Teacher's form to Martin give Administrator's form to Griffith order app from VP follow-up on ordered app from VP finish app from VP schedule meeting with Duvall (call re app) interview with Congressional panel contact DODMERB DODMERB appt.
Tasks to get in USNA (cont. Martin LoR mailed to Martin followup that she did it Math LoR to USNA follow-up with Pfaff/Manzo LoR mailed to Pfaff follow up that she did it personal statement request for HS transcript request for Saddleback transcript follow-up on Saddleback transcript copy certificate from ND and mail PAE update them with all changes make cover letter for future application additions contact Guy Langley re. Martin follow-up with Mrs.org) take SAT write a list of people being asked for LoR take physical interview apply for NROTC scholarship 10 '03 6/25/2003 6/23/2003 6/22/2003 6/24/2003 9/29/2003 10 '03 TBA 6/23/2003 6/22/2003 6/24/2003 TBA 7/3/2003 2/4/2004 9/15/2003 10/11/2004 6/23/2003 7/3/2003 8/14/2003 x x x x x x x x x in progress 6/30/2003 6/30/2003 6/23/2003 6/23/2003 8/2/2003 due date 8/2/2003 9/29/2003 10 '03 in progress 6/23/2003 7/3/2003 7/3/2003 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x Building a Midshipman Page 135 . of candidate talk to Griffith: sign Candidate Activity Record ask Griffith to write LoR English LoR to USNA e-mail Mrs.) strong interest inventory candidate activities record school officials evaluation of candidate GO NAVY!!! BEAT ARMY!!! school officials eval. when to take PAE call Guy Langley (362-7516) about SS and PAE copy all material before sending call College Board re: signup take ACT verify ACT signup (act.
survival training no fast food places space operations earn more money? Honor CONCEPT family Navy tradition the yacht! restrictions relax faster most classes in one room varied menus mandatory training survival around shorter hazing period more rigorous 4/C ac load newer— less history less attractive look more military professors too far from the city less flying billets highly specialized too modern architecture have to do a pull-up SS people rude fast food and arcades Honor CODE Building a Midshipman Page 136 .APPENDIX E USNA VS. USAFA— DECISION MATRIX USNA pro con W Intercollegiate XC Karate-do Club Team V Crew— walk on W Intercollegiate Soccer Racquetball IT Major USAFA pro con colder engineering in 4/C year W Intercollegiate XC Karate Team (Judo) W Intramural Soccer Computer Science Major more majors— 12 more Legal Studies Major Business Major lower AP validation scores less rigorous 4/C ac load less students tradition campus layout Great professors— 50/50 military and civilian longer hazing near Annapolis City revolves USNA more flying billets more options at graduation better housing on bases nicer chapel don't have to do a pull-up I know people already spacious rigid rules walk more for classes better food than AFA no mand.
10 min rest 70 pushups/100 crunches flexibility hang 6:35 6:40 40/30/100 x no 2 X 1 mile run 6:35 pace.11:04 25/70--2' x weightraining 2 X 15pushups 2 X 35 crunches easy 20 min run flexibility ladder 30' weightraining 3 X 15 pushups 2 X 40 crunches easy 15 min run flexibility 3x15 2x40 x x 2 3 X . 10 min rest 3mi cooldown 70 pushups/100 crunches flexibility hang 6'50" 6'58" x 50/100 x -2 X 1 mile run 6:35 pace. 10 min rest 3mi cooldown 70 pushups/100 crunches flexibility hang weightraining Bike/Swim Active Rest 20-30 6:30 kickboxing x no 120 inj 10:00 Kickboxing 1.x weightraining swim/bike/ aerobics 20-30' flex hang ladder weightraining Bike/Swim Active Rest 20-30 6:30 kickboxing x 20' 5mrun x 10:00 Kickboxing 1.5 run: 10:00 flexibility 3.5 run: 10:00 3. 10 min rest 3mi cooldown 70 pushups/100 crunches flexibility hang x.5 run: 10:30 45 pushups/75 curlups in 2 min hang x 10:42 x x weightraining Active Rest Bike/Swim 6:30 kickboxing 20-30 x x 10:00 Kickboxing 1.5 run: 10:00 3.5 mile run 3:25 pace.5 miles 10 X 100 m accelerators 7:45 kickboxing x x 7:00 2.5 run--untimed 75 pushups/95 curlups in 2 min 8 Building a Midshipman Page 137 .5 run: 10:20 55 pushups/75 curlups in 2 min slow 55/75 x weightraining 3 X 20 pushups 2 X 40 crunches easy 20 min run flexibility x x x weightraining 3 X 25 pushups 3 X 45 crunches easy 25 min run flexibility x x x weightraining 3 X 30 pushups 2 X 45 crunches easy 25 min run flexibility x 2x50 x 5 4 x 7:15 2.5 miles 10 X 100 m accelerators 7:45 kickboxing ladder hang or pull-ups x x x 2 X 1 mile run 6:40 pace.10:55 35/70--2' x 3 7:45 2 miles 8 X 100 m accelerators 7:45 kickboxing x x -x x 7:30 2. 10 min rest 40 pushups/80 crunches flexibility hang 3:25 x 5w/ 40/80 2 X 1 mile 6:50 pace.5 miles weightraining 10 X 100 m swim/bike/ accelerators aerobics 7:45 kickboxing 20-30' flex ladder hang hang or pull-ups ladder 7:15 no no 50/100 10" 18' x 21" 7:00 2.5 run: 11:15 15 pushups/60 curlups in 2 min hang x 11:20 x 8 wh x 11:30 40/86 Sunday weightraining 10 pushups/50 crunches easy 15 min run flexibility x weightraining Bike/Swim 20-30 ladder Active Rest hang 6:30 kickboxing x x x x x weightraining Bike/Swim 20-30 ladder hang x 1 7:45 1. 6:5x 50/20/100 x x 2 X 1 mile run 6:35 pace. 10 min rest 60 pushups/90 crunches flexibility x x Active Rest 6:30 kickboxing x weightraining Bike/Swim 20-30 10:00 Kickboxing 1.5 mile run 3:30 pace.5 run: 10:00 75 pushups/95 curlups in 2 min injured weightraining 3 X 40 pushups 2 X 50 crunches easy 30 min run flexibility injured 7 7:00 2.APPENDIX F MAGGIE’S WORKOUT SPREADSHEET (her results in the yellow band) Week Monday 7:30 1 mile 6 X 100 m accelerators 7:45 kickboxing ladder hang 7:19 x -. 10 min rest 30 pushups/80 crunches flexibility hang 3:27 x 30" 30/80 weightraining Bike/Swim 20-30 ladder Active Rest hang 6:30 kickboxing x--2hr x 80' 10:00 Kickboxing 1.10:24 40/85 +25pu x 6 x x 2 X 1 mile run 6:35 pace. 10 min rest 20 pushups/70 crunches flexibility hang x x x Thursday Friday Saturday 10:00 Kickboxing 1. 10 min rest 50 pushups/90 crunches flexibility hang x x x weightraining Bike/Swim 20-30 ladder Active Rest hang 6:30 kickboxing x -.5 run: 10:15 65 pushups/85 curlups in 2 min -.5 mile run 3:35 pace.x x x Active Rest 6:30 kickboxing x 10:00 Kickboxing 1.5 run: 10:45 35 pushups/70 curlups in 2 min hang -.5 run: 11 25 pushups/70 curlups in 2 min hang -.5 mile run 3:40 pace.5 miles weightraining 10 X 100 m swim/bike/ accelerators aerobics 7:45 kickboxing 20-30' flex ladder hang hang or pull-ups ladder x x x x x x x 7:00 2.5 run--untimed 75 pushups/95 curlups in 2 min -.10:30 x weightraining 3 X 40 pushups 2 X 50 crunches easy 30 min run flexibility 7 Active Rest 6:30 kickboxing x weightraining Bike/Swim 20-30 x weightraining 3 X 40 pushups 2 X 50 crunches 10:00 Kickboxing easy 30 min run 1.5 miles 10 X 100 m accelerators 7:45 kickboxing ladder hang or pull-ups 7:15 x -.60' 10:00 Kickboxing 1.5 miles 8 X 100 m accelerators 7:45 kickboxing slightly slow er x 3 X .5 run--untimed hang 75 pushups/95 curlups in 2 min 10'30" x 60/100 20 4x30 2x50 x 25" weightraining 3 X 40 pushups 2 X 50 crunches easy 30 min run flexibility hang 7 Active Rest 6:30 kickboxing weightraining Bike/Swim 20-30 10:00 Kickboxing 1.x x Tuesday weightraining swim/bike/box 20-30 min flexibility ladder hang x x x x weightraining swim/bike/box 20-30 min flexibility ladder hang x x x x weightraining swim/bike/ aerobics 20-30 min flexibility ladder x x weightraining swim/bike/ aerobics 20-30 min flexibility ladder hang x x weightraining swim/bike/ aerobics 20-30 min flexibility x x weightraining swim/bike/ aerobics 20-30 min flexibility x weightraining swim/bike/ aerobics 20-30 min flexibility ladder hang x 40 Wednesday 3 X . 10 min rest 20 pushups/70 crunches flexibility hang x x x 3 X .5 mile 6 X 100 m accelerators 7:45 kickboxing 7:13 x -8:00 2 mile 8 X 100 m accelerators 7:45 kickboxing ladder hang x x -.
APPENDIX G RECOMMENDED EXERCISE ROUTINE IN PREPARATION FOR PLEBE SUMMER
Week Monday Tuesday Swim/Bike/ Aerobic training 20-30 min. Flexibility Wednesday Thursday Swim/Bike/ Aerobic training 20-30 min. Flexibility Friday Run 10 to 15 minutes Flexibility Push-up and sit-up ladders* Saturday Sunday 1 Run 10 to Ladders 15 minutes Up & Flexibility Down* 1 minute trial of push-ups and situps* 2 Ladders Up & Down Run 10 to 15 minutes Flexibility Conduct push-up and sit-up ladders based on Monday time trial* Run 15 to Swim/Bike/ Run 15 to 20 Aerobic 20 minutes minutes training Flexibility Flexibility 20-30 min. Push-up and Push-up Flexibility sit-up and sit-up ladders* ladders* Run 20 to Swim/Bike/ Run 20 to 25 mins. Aerobic 25 minutes Flexibility training Flexibility 1 minute 20-30 min. Push-up and trial of Flexibility sit-up push-up ladders* and situps Run 25 to Swim/Bike/ Run 20 to 30 Aerobic 25 minutes minutes training Flexibility Flexibility 20-30 min. Push-up and Push-up Flexibility sit-up and sit-up ladders* ladders* Swim/Bike/ Active Aerobic Rest training 20-30 min. Flexibility
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Run at pace faster than your PRT pace** Push-up and sit-up ladders* Flexibility 6 Run 30 to Swim/Bike/ 3 x 0.75 Ladders 35 Aerobic mile run minutes training with 0.25 Up, Flexibility 20-30 min. mile jog Down 1.5 Flexibility between 0.5 & Up minute miles. Run trial of at pace push-up faster than and sityour PRT ups pace** Push-up and sit-up ladders* Flexibility 7 Run 30 to Swim/Bike/ 2 x 1.0 mile Ladders 35 Aerobic run with 0.5 minutes training mile jog Up, Flexibility 20-30 min. between Down, Push-up Flexibility miles. Run Up & and sit-up at pace Down ladders* faster than your PRT pace** Push-up and sit-up ladders* Flexibility 8 Run 35 to Swim/Bike/ 2 x 1.0 mile Ladders 40 Aerobic run with 0.5 minutes training mile jog Up, Flexibility 20-30 min. between Down, Push-up Flexibility miles. Run Up & and sit-up at pace Down ladders* faster than your PRT pace** Push-up and sit-up
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Run 25 to 30 minutes Flexibility Push-up and sit-up ladders*
Simulated Active PRT Rest Push ups 2 min Curl ups 2 min 1.5 mile run
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*Find your Push-up/Sit-up Group based on your 1 minute time trial results: Group 1: <20 push-ups or sit-ups in one minute Group 2: 21 to 50 push-ups or sit-ups in one minute Group 3: >50 push-ups or sit-ups in one minute Push-up and sit-up ladder: Group 1Ladder: 1 2 Group 2 Ladder: 2 4 Group 3 Ladder: 3 6
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On days directed to do push-up and sit-up ladders, if you are in Group 1: Do 1 push-up, rest 5 seconds, do 2 push-ups, rest 5 seconds, do 3 push-ups, rest 5 seconds, do 4 push-ups rest 5 seconds, do 5 push-ups, then come down the ladder resting 5 seconds between steps. The same for sit-ups. For those in Groups 2 and 3, do the number directed above. The type of ladder is directed under the “Week” column. The first three weeks of the program have you going up and down the ladder as explained above. Weeks 4 – 6 have you going up, down and then back up the ladder. The final two weeks have you going up the ladder, down the ladder, back up, and finally back down the ladder. **For interval pace beginning in week 5: For 0.5 and 0.75 mile intervals, divide your PRT time in week 4 by 3. This will give you your 0.5 pace. For the intervals, subtract 10 seconds from your 0.5 mile PRT pace. You should be trying to run your 0.5 mile intervals at this pace. For the 0.75 intervals, divide your PRT time by 2 and subtract 15 seconds from your time. For example: If you run the PRT in 12:00. Divide this number by 3 and you get 4:00. For the 0.5 mile intervals you should be trying to run 3:50 for the 0.5 miles. For the 0.75 mile intervals, 12:00 divided by 2 is 6:00. Subtract 15 seconds and should be trying to run your 0.75mile intervals in 5:45. For 1-mile intervals, the pace should be 10 to 15 seconds/mile faster than your PRT pace. For example: If you run the PRT in 12:00, your 1-mile pace is 8:00. You should try and run your 1mile intervals in 7:45 to 7:50. Active Rest – get outside and have fun: a walk with family or friends, a pick-up game of ball, a day hiking in the park… Flexibility: At the completion of your workouts, perform stretching exercises, paying particular attention to the lower extremities, hips and lower back.
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APPENDIX H NAVAL ACADEMY SLANG
WHAT'S UP? "Fidelity is up and Obedience is down on our bayonet buckles."
APPLIED STRUGGLE: one jewel in the Cripple Crown. Applied strength, a physical education test consisting of sit-ups, pull-ups, and the standing broad jump
AQUA ROCK: a non-swimmer - one who is in training for submarine duty, but lacks a submarine
BAGIT: not attempting to perform to one's ability; taking the low road when everybody else is taking the high road.
BILGE: to make another look bad - to cut the ground out from under another’s feet
BILGER'S GATE: a small gate next to Gate 3, where Mids who could not meet the USNA Standards would leave. Any Mid who used this gate had "bilged out."
BLACK "N": an unofficial award given to a person getting 100 demerits or more for one offense; Reward for cutting too large a piece of slack.
BOW WOW: Battalion Officer of the Watch - collector of valuables adrift
BREEZE, SHOOT THE: the purpose of a bull session!
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BRICK: a homely escort - a date who should have stayed home
BULL: English, History & Government; A 600 word filler in a 500 word thesis
BULL SESSION: get together; Talk fest
CABLES: electrical Engineering taken by Engineering & Physics majors - heavy duty wires!
CAKE: anything that was easy
CHIT: ticket for privileges, such as dining out
CHOKE: to clutch or blank out
CHOP: to do double time; Outdated Plebe mass transit system
CIVILIAN: a day with no classes
COMMANDANT'S LIST: Mids with 3.0 SQPR or better - "B" in Performance and a "C" or better in PE
CRABTOWN: Annapolis, a small village
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CRIPPLE CROWN: triumvirate of each semester's PE tests - applied strength, mile run, and the obstacle course; Awarded to the survival of the unfittest. DARK AGES: the weeks after returning from Christmas Leave, when it's cold, dark, & the upper classmen are trying to make your life miserable.
DEAN'S LIST: Mids with a 3.4 GPA or higher
DEMO: the basic unit of punishment; Prize awarded for breaking regs.
DISCO DAHLGREN: Saturday night funfest in Dahlgren Hall for upperclass; entertainment for teen townies and youngsters.
DRAG: to escort; one who is escorted
EXTRA DUTY (Tours): drill practice for Plebe criminals; Fourth class method of serving off demerits through marching
FIRST CLASS ALLEY: the walkways on the far sides of the wardroom; Place for the high & mighty to converse
FORTY YEAR SWIM: 2nd Class swimming marathon lasting forty continuous minutes
FRIED: to get demerits
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FRY: to assign demerits
GAS FACTOR: inversely proportional to the happiness factor
GEEK: one who pursues academics to an extended extent; Someone who types letters home and corrects those he/she receives
GOUGE: the answers or method of accomplishment to a test or any such activity; A booklet of answers or guidance that even the Profs understand
GRAVY: the 0.01 of a 2.01 CQPR
GREASE: semester evaluations of aptitude for the service; What one wears for a watch or Thursday noon inspection.
GUNGY: psyched up for the Navy
GYMSPASTICS: Basic Plebe Coordination Course; Gymnastics
HAPPINESS FACTOR: the number of days of Christmas Leave divided by the number of days until Leave; An equation that even the bull majors never forget
HOP: any dance on the banks of the Naval Academy
IRISH PENNANT: any unseamanlike, dangling loose piece of clothing or end of a
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Overhaul spot for damaged athletes MOOW: Midshipman Officer of the Watch (Midshipman King for a Day) MOTHER B: Bancroft Hall. Just another tea fight PODUNK: Your hometown Building a Midshipman Page 145 . An odious term sometimes used synonymously with a Mid by mothers and newspapers MISERY HALL: First Aid rooms in McDonough Hall and Halsey Field House.T.that insignificant thing that gets all the sympathy & chow from home PLEBE INFORMAL: periodic mandatory 4th Class mixers.line. Not according to the Commandant PLEBE: Fourth classman . Supplier of gray bathrobes MIDDY: Midshipman. Door's roommate KAYDET: West Point Cadet. home of the Brigade NAV: any one of the Navigations courses NON-REG: unauthorized. JOE GISH: W.
. whose favorite expression is "But I thought...e. taken by Naval Architects SIX-N DAY: 6 classes in one day . no periods to be in the rack SMACK: obsequious (and anyone who looks it up) SNAKE: one who always has a drag .i. SHIPS: an advanced course of Boats. Reward for a 7 year commitment. when in fact he/she didn't.the ultimate goal of most Midshipmen RATEY: acting in a manner beyond the allowances of one's class.someone else's! Building a Midshipman Page 146 . He/she who walks at low altitudes SEA LAWYER: one who tries to get out of a pap by trivial technicalities. having a mouth larger than one's stripes RHIP: Rank Hath Its Privileges RHIR: Rank Hath Its Responsibilities SANDBLOWER: any short person.".. SECOND CLASS ALLEY: the spaces between the wardroom tables.QPR: Quality Point Rating (Grade Point Average) RACK: Bed .
not passing WIRES: Electrical Engineering course taken by non-engineering majors W.D. Room smells like Pledge.STAR: to have a GPA of 3. Gray Inmate of that isolated Government institution which overlooks the Hudson River WUBA: Working Uniform Blue Alfa. Black Dust Collector (Unverified report that this term is no longer used . UNSAT: GPA below 2. Corvette of the Fleet Building a Midshipman Page 147 . Academy Award Winner SUPE'S LIST: list of those who star SWEAT: one who worries excessively about everything. The center of Bancroft Hall night life STRIPER: Member of the class Chain of Command.4 AND an "A" in conduct and performance. WOOP: Kaydet.DOOR: Midshipman who lives next to the O.??) YP'S: Yard Patrol Craft.T. and at least a "B" in Physical Education STEERAGE: cafeteria beneath Main-0. One who Brasso's his/her glasses.15.
Collegiate buddy who lives at the Government playschool in Colorado Springs and wears a blue bus driver's cap. Sports period for Varsity Racking ZOOMIE: Air Force Academy Cadet.YOUNGSTER: Third Classman. Building a Midshipman Page 148 . Plebes with Carry-on Stripes YOUNGSTER-AFTERNOON: No 5th & 6th Period in a day.
mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty. This is why I began karate.” My entire life. honor and loyalty in order to provide graduates who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command. My violin was a longtime passion that sustained darker times of my senior and junior years at LHHS. It is an important life skill. involved myself in any activities whatsoever for the sole purpose of pleasing a certain school or person. My motives for involvement in anything has been because I want to or because it is good for me. Soccer provided a violent outlet for my emotions as a freshman and sophomore. XC senior year allowed me to find solace that Gill was there too. I have done what works for me. I am annoyed by those who have Building a Midshipman Page 149 . I’m assertive and opinionated and I enjoy talking about intellectual topics with people who are smart. This conscious self-building has now led me to a school that looks for all these qualities. I am self-motivated. smart. I have never taken a class. participated in a sport. I have done these activities because they are fun and I find a benefit for myself.APPENDIX I MAGGIE’S LETTER TO HERSELF Why I Am Attending the United States Naval Academy “The Mission of the United States Naval Academy is to develop midshipmen morally. athletic and I naturally assume leadership positions. citizenship and government. involved.
opinions without basis and I hate it when people don’t try hard enough or don’t pull their own weight. These characteristics are specifically avoided at USNA. People who are not motivated and hard workers cannot survive at USNA for long. All of my life, working for myself, I have brought myself to one point. This point is almost destined in how perfectly my history fits with qualifications for appointment and success. I am so excited to begin my journey. I know that Plebe Summer is just a big game and I know that the detailers (now called cadre) aren’t ACTUALLY mad at me. I have done these things in black belt tests. I have been the yeller and the motivator and the grader. I know their job. I’m ahead of them in fact! When they yell, I know that I’m better than them. This fact will sustain me. I have worked hard. I’m a good runner and strong enough to hold my own doing pushups and hanging from the bar. All my efforts have brought me here and it is perfect. The campus is beautiful. This has always been an important aspect of my college search. Green grass, blue skies and newly blooming flowers make me happy. I feel at peace and I’m ready to take on the day. The day will contain rigorous academics– but I would never want to go somewhere where this was not the case! When I first heard of USNA that was the only thing that stuck in my mind. A determination to get through that academic load too. I wanted to be one of those graduates who can wear the class ring to tap on an employer’s desk one day and throw my cap in the air on graduation day. I can’t wait for that day! I will march forward, one day at a time, always looking clean and pulled together. No matter what the upperclassmen throw at me, I know who I am and there’s nothing they can do to change it! I am here to succeed. I am here to create the most memorable four years of my life. Every time I walk in T
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Court and see the majesty of Bancroft Hall, I am reminded of the incredible institution I am finally a part of. I am a midshipman. I exemplify every characteristic that the U.S. Navy holds dear, as expressed in the mission. The upperclassmen won’t always tell me, but I know it. Plebe Summer and plebe year are merely precursors, prerequisites to my lifelong success being a USNA graduate. I am ready for the journey. I will indeed be developed morally, mentally and physically. If I wasn’t, I’d be an unhappy fat person sitting on a couch talking and wasting my college life away. I’m being productive and learning the skills for a successful future. I have always been goal-oriented: yet another important characteristic in a Naval Academy midshipman. I’m an SJ! I cannot but succeed. :)
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APPENDIX K STATISTICS
Ever wonder what the real cost is to put a Midshipmen or Cadet through a Service Academy? USNA: USAFA: USMA: $275K $322K $349K
The biggest reason for the difference is not due to the quality of the education, but rather, it's the amount of land and property the other two Service Academies have to maintain. USNA has a 78%-80% graduation rate. USNA has more student athletes, and less square footage for sports, compared to the other Service Academies. Student/faculty ratio: 7 :1 Athletics: Member NCAA, All Division I, except football (Division I-A) Intramural sports: basketball M/W, football M/W, lacrosse M(c), racquetball M/W, sailing M/W, skiing (cross-country) M(c)/W(c), soccer M/W, softball M/W, volleyball M/W, weight lifting M/W
Intercollegiate sports: baseball M, basketball M/W, cheerleading M/W, crew M/W, cross-country running M/W, golf M, gymnastics M/W(c), ice hockey M(c), lacrosse M/W(c), riflery M/W, rugby M(c)/W(c), sailing M/W, skiing (downhill) M(c)/W(c), soccer M/W, softball W(c), squash M, swimming M/W, tennis M/W(c), track and field M/W, volleyball M(c)/W, water polo M, weight lifting M(c)/W(c), wrestling M
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The Brigade of Midshipmen represents the best this nation has to offer: The average SAT score is approximately 1300. 81 percent of the midshipmen attending the Naval Academy were in the top fifth of their high school class. 87 percent were varsity athletes in high school and 85 percent were letter winners 27 percent served as high school president or vice president The 2002 Princeton Review ranked the Naval Academy:
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No. 1 for accessibility of professors No. 4 on the "stone-cold sober" list (opposite of party school) No. 7 for toughest to get in to No. 7 for highest number of study hours put in by students No. 8 for its smooth running administration No. 20 best overall academic experience
U.S. News and World Report Magazine’s Year 2002 college ranking placed USNA number six on its list of top engineering schools in the nation.
A third of the Brigade are varsity athletes and represent the Naval Academy in NCAA Division I sports…while carrying 18-21 credit hours of highly technical engineering, science and math core curriculum.
26 percent of Flag Officers in the Navy, and 32 percent of General Officers in the Marine Corps were Varsity athletes at USNA.
78 percent of our NCAA Division I varsity athletes graduate in four years. The most recent national collegiate varsity athlete graduation rate is 58 percent…in six years.
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A protest raged on a courthouse lawn, Round a makeshift stage they charged on, Fifteen hundred or more they say, Had come to burn a Flag that day. A boy held up the folded Flag, Cursed it, and called it a dirty rag. An OLD MAN pushed through the angry crowd, With a rusty shotgun shouldered proud. His uniform jacket was old and tight, He had polished each button, shiny and bright. He crossed that stage with a soldier's grace, Until he and the boy stood face to face. "FREEDOM OF SPEECH", the OLD MAN said, "Is worth dying for, good men are dead, So you can stand on this courthouse lawn, And talk us down from dusk to dawn, But before any Flag gets burned today, This OLD MAN IS GOING TO HAVE HIS SAY!! My father died on a foreign shore, In a war they said would end all war. But Tommy and I wasn't even full grown, Before we fought in a war of our own. And Tommy died on Iwo Jima's beach, In the shadow of a hill he couldn't quite reach Where five good men raised this Flag so high,
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That the WHOLE WORLD COULD SEE IT FLY. I got this bum leg that I still drag, Fighting for this same old Flag. Now there's but one shot in this old gun, So now it's time to decide which one, Which one of you will follow our lead, To stand and die for what you believe? For as sure as there is a rising sun, You'll burn before this Flag burns, son.” Now this riot never came to pass. The crowd got quiet and that can of gas, Got set aside as they walked away To talk about what they had heard this day. And the boy who had called it a "dirty rag", Handed the OLD SOLDIER the folded Flag. So the battle of the Flag this day was won By a tired OLD SOLDIER with a rusty gun, Who for one last time, had to show to some, THIS FLAG MAY FADE, YET THESE COLORS DON'T RUN.
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General Douglas MacArthur for his son (1942)
"Build me a son, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. Build me a son, whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee --and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail. Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men, one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past. And, after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the weakness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, "I have not lived in vain."
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and teaching them to watch each other's backs.WHAT IS A VET? He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand. He is the parade . He is the barroom loudmouth. He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns. She . dumber than five wooden planks.is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang. He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by. whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel. no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines. He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat . He is the POW who went away one person and came back another . whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep. Building a Midshipman Page 157 .or he .or didn't come back AT ALL.but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy.
Building a Midshipman Page 158 . greatest nation ever known. That's all most people need. So remember. He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness. and he is nothing more than the finest.He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket .palsied now and aggravatingly slow .a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country. greatest testimony on behalf of the finest. just lean over and say Thank You.who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come. and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs. Two little words that mean a lot. each time you see someone who has served our country. He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being . "THANK YOU". and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody. and shall find. How charged with punishments the scroll. And yet the menace of the years Finds. Black as the Pit from pole to pole. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade. but unbowed. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. Building a Midshipman Page 159 . In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.Invictus William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me.
..... 64... 18..... 139 Application9......... 133 Congressional Nomination48. 101.. 31. 127...... 114. 64.. 99.... 18 Athletic. 79...... 49......... 63.. 80.. 126....... 120. 126... 127. 71 Candidate1. 29.. 128.... 92 ACT37. 78.... 51.... 94... 99.. 110.... 64... 79.... 31. 76... 155 Academy Night .. 81.. 12 College16. 58. 129 Commit .. 55-57. See B&GO Cadre ... 47... 75. 40. 57........... 100.. 86. 73. 112........... 127..... 101.... 86... 55.... 119....... 82. 93..... 112.. 125 Blue and Gold Officer48... 126....... 85.. 37. 91. 99... 47. 51... 129.. 31.. 51........... 130. 114..... 116.. 131.... 76... 53......... 76. 115. 81. 97. 97. 135.... 70... 132.. 131.. 69. 131..... 128. 119. 112. 48.. 32.. 36.. 18... 64.. 127... 42. 127.... 80. 102.. 130.. 91...... 64. 58.. 40. 18 CIS . 2...... 75.. 75. 113... 63.. 43... 129. 80. 112. 87.. 9. 63.......... 25. 101. 81... 112. 96. See Candidate Information System. 18. 63. 9. 22.. 37. 102. 128 Acceptance letter.. 65... 125.... 128.. Class of 2008.. 64 Awards43... 147 Academy6.... 46....... 61. 121 Code of Conduct . 130................ 27.. 94.. 85.. 135 Academics13. 133 Admissions Board. 47.. 37. 57.. 101. 122. 139.. 49.... 62........... 61..... 26. 101.... 132. 101. 125. 7881. 22. 114.... 58.. 100... 135....... 150. 129.. 96... 42. 127.. 17 CIF ...... 78.. 21. 22... 112 Church. 52.. 43..... 84... 131....... 77. 103. 87.... 57.. 114... 76.... 103. 85. 32. 75. 75.. 14....Index Academic14. 81.. 78... 80.. 18. 44.. 118. 135 Candidate Activities Record .. 128.... 64... 79 Candidate Information System 76... 126.. 30. 45.. 125. 52 Annapolis .... 62.. 43... 25......... 63........ 96. 91... 38..... 125............... 54. 96... 40... 65..... 119... 116. 55.. 49... 112. 136 Congressional interview63. 134. 133... 61...... 21. 144 B&G. 80. 145 AP17. 129. 133 ASB. 69.. 75..... 101... 129.. 83. 130 Building a Midshipman Page 160 ...... 125... 80.. 125.. 112.. 37........... 74.. 48. 133 Cross country16.. 57. 126.. 64. 84... 18..... 129.. 134... 135. 9.. 44. 92... 38 All-State .... 135 Academic Decathlon16... 83... 74........ 25. 47... 133 Blue and Gold ............ 64.. 131. 127......... 63..... 90..... 80... 102 Community service19... 74. 115. 30........ 156 Academic Achievement Award .... 94... 74. 31. 62.. 100.... 57.. 156 Colleges25...
.. 155 Extra-curricular activities.......... 31. 120..... 51... 16 Moral........ 22......... See Midshipman Midshipman1...... 55.... 132... 98. 136...... 32.. 31................. 17. 96..... 63.... 36.. 71.. 14....... 51... 53. 65. 101..... 78. 18...... 117...... 51 Education9. 62. 25.... 91........... 40.. 125............... 16.. 43........ 112 Building a Midshipman Page 161 . 69........ 81.... 122.. 65... 31........... 48...... See DoDMERB...................... 64. 90....... 96.......... 139............... 55. 63..... 135. 14......... 54..... 15.... 81............ 150 Honor27.. 31..... 71... 45. 65.. 12.. 135. 100........ 133 Life skill .... 25. 44 IB19............ 74.. 131 Decisions25..... 32. 101.... 119.. 10.. 38..... 93...... 70 Freshman... 136 Humor ............. 86...... 22.. 39.... See DoDMERB Medically qualified ... 117 Family6...... 122 Ideal.. 126............. 56. 51... 16. 116 Honors18..... 91. 45... 53....... 29.... 71.. 52.. 148-150............. 53........ 115.. 13..... 42.. 69 Flexed arm hang.................. 30...... 119...... 149 Goal Setting ... 117.. 32. 136 Lesson ........... 15. 127. 120.......... 38 MENSA... 122 International Baccalaureate16..... 46..... 102. 75....... 44....... 92.. 26...... 143 Family activities. 29-31...... 155... 38 NASS ..... 16.. 7... 90................ 100...... 21.......... 139 Kneeling basketball throw ... 69 Induction Day.... 139 Model United Nations. 110 FitRep..... 63...... 69.. 132 Drag. 94 FONA... 125...... 128............ 80..... 127. 25 Goals ........ 29.... 45....... 49... 51.. 84.. 13 Marines ... 76............. 83............. 139 Honor Concept .. 87...... 43.... 76. 136 I-Day ... 112. 46. 2. 64. 126... 122.... 117 Dreams ..... 43.. 13.. 17 Letters of Recommendation75. 38..... 70..... 40.. 75... 55.. 10. 80...... 125 GPA18...... 129 Detailer. 116.. 43... 13. 43........ 116..... 70... 32......... 70 Martial arts ...... 146.. 25..... 133 Karate14....... 135...... 69... 22.... 29. 57............... 26....... 64. 135........ 72 DoDMERB63.. 42. 30..... 97............ 35..Current Studies and Personal Statement79.. 71... 62......... 126 Future11... 128.. 54.......... 73. 17.. 87.. 69...... 127.............. 19...... 103 Goal........ 144.. 22....... 70. 85..... 15... 32............. 25.. 131. 136 Medical ExamSee DoDMERB... 129...... 37..... 26. 112........... 78.... 86. 116........ 117........... 87........ 37......... 156 Military6. 128....... 31 Leadership............ 61... 10 Mid.. 130... 57.. 93 Leaders......... 126....................... 101... 69... 64. 38... 135..................... 63....................... 35..... 29............ 51.. 26...... 52... 15. 50.... 14 Fate... 64............ 136 Interview48.. 31...... 70. 35.. 21..
29. 112... 86. 112 NROTC ...... 78. 76.. 37... 75... 81. See PAE.......... 143 Push-ups39.. 141........ 102..... 18.. 101. 63.... 79..... 121..... 121 PR.. 95... 51. See PAE. 98.... 87.... 133 Tutoring..... 30....... 155.. 37 Prologue ...... 58.. 84....... 65.. 62. 128.. 90..... 135 Tecumseh ......... 133.. 134 Review Board..... 126.... 49.... 119...... 80.. 47. 31............ 29.... 72...... 17...... 87. 81............ 156 Standing long jump . 35.... 135.. 99........... 113... 26....... 96. 73.. 57.. 84. 70............ 93. 21 Permit to Report.. 94 PAE39. 52. 121. See PAE............ See PAE Physical Readiness Test. Summer Seminar9.......... 39... See PRT Plebe10.. 116....... 112..... 15.... 73.. 69 Studying ... 63... 147.... 125.... 23.... 81...... 100.... 31.. 132....... 64... 111...... 142...... 76. 93.... 64. 98... 101 SAT18........... 58.. 130..... 75....... 74... 155 Sports13.. 91. 75........... 110.. 100.... 133. 127. 129... 36. 101... 91. 71..... 38.... 31... 120.......... 130 Parents 10... 134.... 21. 33....... 14.... 122. 97.... 16.. 76.....See Academics. 10 Building a Midshipman Page 162 .... 75. 134 Personal interview... 156 Nomination38....... 116....... See PAE.. 22.... 115.... 39... 93 Soccer10.. See PAE. 93...... 58... 80......... 83 Physical Aptitude Examination63.. 118.... 48.... 102.. 13. 32 Uniform........... 72.. 97...... 40... 43.... 70. 84... 156 Navy10. 15... 80... 80... 78.... 79. 131............... 80. 112. 83....... 76. 145...... 48 Shaolin Kenpo Karate . 94... 117. 127.... 26.............. 100. 69.. 14.. 146 Plebe Summer . 93. 118........ 70. 156 School Official’s Evaluation of Candidate79 Semi-finalist....... 32..... 87.. 129... 69.......... 73........... 97... 43 Patriotic .. 22..... 136 Shuttle run. 61. 114.... 143 Recommendation39.. 120 Passion ...... 39.. 99........ 13....... 112..... 133 Request for Secondary School Transcript79............ See PAE.. 69..... 152.... 132 Nominations... 119 Personal Data Record78.... 103.......... 31....... 39.. 141... 147...... 100. See PAE... 39.. 114............ 84 Service Academy Night .. 13... 10. 139. 96..... 99. 43.. 116... 97........ 25. 129... 87.. 62 Transcripts.................. 75.. 19..... 131.. 96.. 102. 71 Tradition...... 37... 111....... 119... 64. 133..... 128. 65................. 86. 18.... 63.. 122 O-course. 122.... 87.... 6 PRT ...Naval Academy13..... 57......... 94. 14.... 119. 77.. 131.......... 99 Oath of Office ..... 36....... 15........... 13... 112 Senators.. 70.......... 69.... 82.. 14......... 44. 130.. 99.. 90...... 99... 120. 132... See PAE........ 95.. 102........ 80.... 42 United States Armed Services .... 121... 121. 49... 75.............. 94. 81........ 18.. 112.. 32.... 39..... 94.... 73...... 39. 141.......... 135...... 94.... 126... 86.
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