Blog Posts - Plebe Summer



Plebe Parent Weekend is Past; Reform is Coming

update The physicality of plebe summer is over. Now that exercise moves to the brain. Reform is coming and classes will begin. You probably saw lots of videos of USNA’s weekend, but did you see West Point’s? Zoe wouldn’t consider an...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 15, 2016

Plebe Parent Weekend–August 11-14

Plebe Parents’ Weekend is designed to offer parents, family members and guests an opportunity to visit with their Midshipman and experience a taste of the traditions, academics, and atmosphere unique to the Naval Academy prior to the start of t...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 7, 2016

Class of 2020 Reporting for Duty

(as of June 28, 2016) PROJECTED CLASS SIZE: Men……………853 Women………….331 Total………..1,184 APPLICATIONS: Men……………12,763 Women…………...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 17, 2016

You Know You’re a Plebe Parent if…

From one of the many USNA parent networks. It all starts with a sense of humor You Know You’re a PLEBE PARENT When… you somehow work into every conversation that your child is a Midshipman at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. you find a...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 5, 2016

Plebe Summer Care Packages: What to Send

Parents: Your Mid is permitted to receive packages of “Goodies” from home as often as you care to send them.  It is best to keep them on the small side (standard shoebox size) and send them more often. We (past Plebe Summer parents) sugg...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 30, 2016

You Know You’re a Plebe when…

These are from the USNA parent networks. Good reading… You Know You’re a PLEBE When… your favorite word is “YUT!” it is dark when you get up and it is dark when you go to sleep you wake up and discover your bed is on fir...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 27, 2016

Going to USNA? Ready for I-Day–Part II

I-Day for new USNA Plebes is June 30th. For details on that day, click this I-Day link.  Also, if you haven’t read Part I, click her for more on I-Day. I can’t improve on this list, so I’ll just pass it on… If you’re wo...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 23, 2016

Summer Like a Midshipman

With summer approaching, I thought I’d repost this review of how a newly-minted Mid’s summer is significantly different from his/her high school friends: When a high school graduate selects USNA, their first year begins right after high s...
by USNA or Bust on May 22, 2016

Plebe Summer–It’s Coming

I’m reading the posts of the parents on USNA-Parents.org. They’re all so worried. Their high school kids (so recently) going off to a military world. No phone calls, emails. People yelling at them, pushing them physically to see if/where...
by USNA or Bust on Apr 3, 2016

Plebe Parent Weekend is Past; Reform is Coming

The physicality of plebe summer is over. Now it’s the brain’s turn to exercise. Brigade Reform, when all Midshipmen return to USNA, is August 20th and classes begin August 24th. It’s not just USNA–it’s all the military a...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 17, 2015

Plebe Parent Weekend–August 13-17

This year, Plebe Parent Weekend is August 13-17, 2015. I can only imagine the excitement of those who are packing, planning, ready to see their Plebes after a long summer. How much will your child change? Will they still be excited about the USNA cho...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 3, 2015

You Know You’re a Plebe Parent When…

From one of the many USNA parent networks. It all starts with a sense of humor You Know You’re a PLEBE PARENT When… you somehow work into every conversation that your child is a Midshipman at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. you find a...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 20, 2015

USNA 2019 Plebes Are Here

In case you missed it, here are the newest USNA Plebes: Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an adjun...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 14, 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

Plebe Summer Care Packages: Here’s What to Send

Your Mid is permitted to receive packages of “Goodies” from home as often as you care to send them.  It is best to keep them on the small side (standard shoebox size) and send them more often. We (past Plebe Summer parents) suggest the f...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 28, 2015

You Know You’re a Plebe if…

If you read my post on Plebe Parents, here’s one for your future or current Plebes. These are from the USNA parent networks. Good reading… You Know You’re a PLEBE When… your favorite word is “YUT!” it is dark when...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 25, 2015

Going to USNA? Ready for I-Day–Part I

I can’t improve on this list, so I’ll just pass it on… I-Day CHECK LIST Officially Approved Items (from USNA website): White jockey-style brief underwear (18 briefs will be issued on I-Day). White crew neck fitted cotton undershirts...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 7, 2015

Life the USNA Way

Here are USNA Guidelines to Live By as written by former USNA Superintendent Admiral Charles R. Larson, also former commander in the Pacific–CINCPAC in Naval terms–from 1991 to 1994. He’s the type of guy who will be directing your c...
by USNA or Bust on Apr 27, 2015

What to do Once You’re Accepted into USNA

update From Building a Midshipman: How to Crack the USNA Application (Second Edition): I am pleased to offer you an appointment to the United States Naval Academy as a member of the Class of 2008.” It’s 3:16 in the afternoon. You came home as us...
by USNA or Bust on Apr 10, 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


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