Blog Posts - Mental Preparation



You Want to Be a USNA Midshipman? Start Today

update You’ve had the summer off to reflect and plan and now it’s time to start the most seminal period in your lifetime to date, the years that will decide what happens After High School. Do you get accepted to the college of your choice...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 16, 2016

23 Common Sense Rules to Thrive in the Military

From my friends at StrategyPage, a few common sense rules for military folk: A lot of life’s problems can be explained by the U.S. Military and its applications of common sense … “Sometimes I think war is God’s way of teaching...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 12, 2016

How to Think (Critical Skill #5 for Future USNA Applicants)

If you read the freshman year critical skills post, you know this is the fifth. We’ve covered: How to solve problems How to manage your time How to prioritize How to get along If you’re an honors student taking AP and IB classes, How to think...
by USNA or Bust on Mar 3, 2016

Don’t shoot fast, shoot good and Other Bits of Wisdom From a Military Life

I’ve published this before, but it’s worth repeating. Clint Smith, director or Thunder Ranch, is part drill instructor, part stand up comic. Here are a few of his observations on tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in t...
by USNA or Bust on Feb 22, 2016

How to Problem Solve (Critical Skill #1 for Future USNA Applicants)

If you read the freshman year critical skills post, you know this is the first. If you haven’t yet learned to solve your own problems, now’s the time. Make today the first day that you ask yourself, How do I ***, before asking friends/par...
by USNA or Bust on Jan 24, 2016

Top Ten Books About the Military

I review a lot of military books every year. these are selected as great reading to prepare high schoolers for the USNA or a life in the military. Here are the top ten based on reader observations: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell Galloping Ghost by...
by USNA or Bust on Jan 5, 2016

39 Reasons to Love the Marine Corps

In honor of the Marine Corps’ birthday, I copied these reasons why one of them loves what he’s doing. These are from Roberto T. Cast, and then I had to abridge them because 1) there are so many, and 2) some just didn’t make sense...
by USNA or Bust on Nov 11, 2015

33 Rules (aka Rates) Plebes Must Follow

You say you’re interested in the Naval Academy? That means you don’t mind rules, rules and more rules. All of the Military Academies have procedures for every hour of your day. Plebe summer is by far the most scripted, but the Ac Year (th...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 5, 2015

USMC Reading List–Be Prepared

The Marine Corps puts out a reading list called the MARINE CORPS PROFESSIONAL READING LIST for all Marines. It carries a majority of the titles at the Library of the Marine Corps either in print or via the Ebrary Online Books subscription (availab...
by USNA or Bust on Apr 9, 2015

What is the USNA Honor Concept?

Honor is a big deal at all Military Academies–USNA, USAFA, West Point, and Coast Guard. It sets these schools apart from other University and Colleges–students must be honorable to graduate. The mission of the USNA is to develop midshipm...
by USNA or Bust on Mar 29, 2015

Military Option for College Grads

I’m not talking about OCS. From what I can tell, all the military branches want a 3.2 (Army) or 3.5 (Navy) to get in after college. In short, they really don’t want anymore officers. I believe that. My daughter’s former ship had fif...
by USNA or Bust on Feb 26, 2015

13 Rules to Remember When Using a Gun

More excellent Gun Wisdom… (from Clint at Thunder Ranch) Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck. I carry a gun cause a cop is too h...
by USNA or Bust on Feb 19, 2015

How to Prepare for the Congressional Interview–Part II

Put yourself in the shoes of an applicant. S/he’s submitted her application, been found physically, medically and scholastically qualified. Now it’s time for interviews–with his/her Congressperson’s Nominating committee and la...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 14, 2014

How to Think (Critical Skill #5 for Future USNA Applicants)

If you read the freshman year critical skills post, you know this is the fifth. We’ve covered: How to solve problems How to manage your time How to prioritize How to get along If you’re an honors student taking AP and IB classes, How to think...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 6, 2014

How to Problem Solve (Critical Skill #1 for Future USNA Applicants)

If you read the freshman year critical skills post, you know this is the first. If you haven’t yet learned to solve your own problems, now’s the time. Make today the first day that you ask yourself, How do I ***, before asking friends/par...
by USNA or Bust on Apr 20, 2014

What’s a Candidate Weekend Visit?

UPDATE Please accept my personal invitation to spend a weekend visiting the U. S. Naval Academy and historic Annapolis. This visit program is offered only to a select group of candidates.” One day, you get home from school, rush to the mailbox to s...
by USNA or Bust on Oct 27, 2013

33 Rules (aka Rates) Plebes Must Follow

You say you’re interested in the Naval Academy? That means you don’t mind rules, rules and more rules. All of the Military Academies have procedures for every hour of your day. Plebe summer is by far the most scripted, but the Ac Year (th...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 2, 2013

23 Common Sense Rules to Thrive in the Military

From my friends at StrategyPage, a few common sense rules for military folk: A lot of life’s problems can be explained by the U.S. Military and its applications of common sense … “Sometimes I think war is God’s way of teaching...
by USNA or Bust on Apr 21, 2013

58 Bits of Wisdom I Learned As a Helicopter Crewman

Sounds like pretty much everything anyone needs to know… by Bobby McBride Crew Chief 128th Assault Helicopter Company Phu Loi, RVN 3/69 – 3/70 NEVER FORGET! Once you are in the fight, it is way too late to wonder if this is a good idea. H...
by USNA or Bust on Apr 7, 2013

50 Reasons to Love the Marine Corps

I copied these from Roberto T. Cast, and then I had to abridge them because 1) there are so many, and 2) some just didn’t make sense to my civilian brain. That’s why I included the link. Feel free to go back and check out the ones I left...
by USNA or Bust on Nov 25, 2012


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