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September To Do List for USNA Applicants

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next: First Steps: If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 31, 2016

Navy Colors Born Today–Over 200 Years Ago

This day in USNA history: Navy Colors Blue and Gold were born, 27 August 1802 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, and To Hunt a Sub,...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 26, 2016

Five Popular Excuses for NOT Going to USNA–Still

Building a high school grad worthy of being anointed ‘USNA midshipman’ isn’t easy, but nothing worth your effort is. As President John F. Kennedy said, A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not l...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 23, 2016

Headed for USNA? Prepare Yourself–Senior Year

update Here’s a summary of what your senior year in high school might resemble if your goal for college is USNA. This is based on the real experiences of a successful Naval Academy applicant, what she did for the four years of high school to ma...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 16, 2016

Give Me a Midshipman Parent and I’ll Give you a Navy Football Fan

update If you didn’t like football before your child became a Mid, you will after. Football games are an experience, with the Mid’s march on (through Annapolis if it’s a home game), the stadium with its free food for Navy fans, the...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 16, 2016

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

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

Want to Attend USNA? Prepare Yourself Junior Year HS

Here’s a summary of what your junior year in high school might resemble if your goal for college is USNA. This is based on the real experiences of a successful Naval Academy applicant, what she did for  the four years of high school to make su...
by USNA or Bust on Aug 9, 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

August To Do List for USNA Applicants

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next. First Steps: If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 31, 2016

Headed for USNA? Prepare Yourself Sophomore Year HS

Here’s a summary of what your sophomore year in high school might resemble if your goal for college is USNA. This is based on the real experiences of a successful Naval Academy applicant, what she did for the four years of high school to make s...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 27, 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

July To Do List for USNA Applicants

Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next: First Steps: If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 10, 2016

Headed for USNA? Prepare Yourself–Freshman Year HS

update Here’s a summary of what your freshman year in high school might resemble if your goal for college is USNA. This is based on the real experiences of a successful Naval Academy applicant, what she did for the four years of high school to...
by USNA or Bust on Jul 7, 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

Are You Going to I-Day? Part I

Here’s info from the USNA website on how to prepare: Induction Day Information 29 June and 30 June Gate Access (I-Day minus one and I-Day) Gate 8 Open 24 hours a day for both vehicles and pedestrians Gate 8 will be the only gate authorized for...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 19, 2016

Be the Man in the Arena

The summer before high school freshman year is for introspection, decisions about where the path through high school leads. Wherever that is must be right for each student. It may be technical schools, community college, a job. Or the USNA. If a teen...
by USNA or Bust on Jun 16, 2016


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