Visit to US the Naval Academy, May 5, 2015
Located in Annapolis, Maryland, the US Naval Academy educates officers for commissioning primarily into the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The entire campus is a National Historic Landmark and home to many historic sites, buildings, and monuments. Approximately 1,300 “plebes” enter the Academy each summer and enroll as midshipmen. A small percent are citizens of other countries, sent to the academy by their home government. The program includes academic work leading to a bachelor of science degree, military leadership training, and mandatory participation in athletics.
Not having been to the Academy before, I was expecting something more “military” in appearance. Wrong! The campus is stunningly beautiful; the buildings are majestic. Most were build about 100 years ago, just before the first world war, we were told.
Our tour guide was neither a midshipman nor an alumnus; he was a retired firechief, but his son and daughter are alumnae, the son currently on active duty on a submarine in the Atlantic. So, he was able to give us lots of stories about the Academy.
The briefing by two admissions officers was open and informative:
Home to all midshipmen, Bancroft Hall is the largest dormitory in the world