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US Naval Academy

In less than a month John Rancke and I are going to complete something on his April 10, 2018 bucket list.

One of those items was to do a road trip from North Carolina an attend a Navy Football Game in Annapolis, MD. On September 15th we are going to see Lehigh play at Navy thanks in part to UNC Pembroke AD Dick Christy.

The institution was founded as the Naval School on 10 October 1845 by Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft. The campus was established at Annapolis on the grounds of the former U.S. Army post Fort Severn. I wonder if the irony of the location of the Naval Academy being on former U.S. Army post ever comes up during the week leading up to the annual Army-Navy Football Game.

In 1850 the Naval School became the United States Naval Academy. A new curriculum went into effect requiring midshipmen to study at the Academy for four years and to train aboard ships each summer. That format is the basis of a far more advanced and sophisticated curriculum at the Naval Academy today.

As the U.S. Navy grew over the years, the Academy expanded. The campus of 10 acres increased to 338. The original student body of 50 midshipmen grew to a brigade size of 4,000. Modern granite buildings replaced the old wooden structures of Fort Severn.

Students attend the academy for four years, graduating with bachelor of science degrees and commissions as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Naval Academy graduates serve at least five years in the Navy or Marine Corps.

Looking forward to seeing all those future military officers enter the stadium next month

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