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Naval Academy Songs

By Bill the Goat on Sep 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Few would doubt the significance of music and songs in human history and culture. Songs not only provide entertainment, they tell our stories and convey our emotions. Shared musical experiences are also known to facilitate important social bonding.

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Fall Club Sports and the Midshipmen Welfare Fund

By Bill the Goat on Sep 5, 2019 12:20:22 PM

With the start of the fall sports season, there is no doubt that midshipmen, parents, and alumni are already eagerly awaiting this year’s Army-Navy football game in December. But there’s far more to the Naval Academy’s fall sports than cheering on the football team. There are a number of other exciting sports teams to join and follow.

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USNA Traditions: Brigade Parades

By Bill the Goat on Aug 29, 2019 9:20:00 AM

The United States Naval Academy has carried on the proud and long-standing military dress parade tradition since its establishment in 1845. Naval Academy parades exhibit the Brigade of Midshipmen’s dedication to military discipline, professionalism, and teamwork vital to their future success as officers serving in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

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Ready to Be Impressed? A Look into Laundry at USNA

By Bill the Goat on Aug 22, 2019 12:55:00 PM

For most college students, laundry is a dreaded and frequently avoided chore. Students joke about how clothing collects in large piles until they can scrounge up enough quarters to get it all done at once. However, midshipmen are not typical college students, and their laundry requirements are considerably different.

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New to the Navy Family? 10 Staple Items and Things to Do

By Bill the Goat on Aug 15, 2019 8:28:00 AM

Welcome to the Navy family, we’re glad you’re here! Whether you are a parent of a plebe or the loved one of a newly accepted incoming midshipman next year, you are now part of a prestigious family valuing honor, courage, and commitment. This journey is steeped in noble history and Naval tradition, and is sure to be filled with endless pride.

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Behind the Scenes: Plebe Summer Prep

By Bill the Goat on Aug 8, 2019 11:48:54 AM

Happy Plebe Parents' Weekend to the midshipmen parents of the 2023 class!

Plebe Summer officially begins with Induction Day, the day when candidates and their families descend upon Annapolis and the Naval Academy. It’s an exciting and moving milestone for the incoming class, as they enter military service and say goodbye to loved ones.

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Top Reasons for Students to Apply to USNA Summer STEM

By Bill the Goat on Aug 1, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (collectively referred to as STEM) are growing fields where students can find exciting and fulfilling careers as we move into a future burgeoning with technologies. The USNA enjoys a long history of preparing young adults for service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and proudly offers an annual Summer STEM Program to give 9th-11th graders an opportunity to connect with peers and experience these fields first-hand through a variety of unique projects.

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History of the USNA Pipes and Drums

By Bill the Goat on Jul 26, 2019 9:20:00 AM

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History of the New 1845 Coffee Shop

By Bill the Goat on Jul 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Guest Blog Written by Jim Cheevers

The Gatehouses

The two small buildings just inside Gate 3 at Maryland Avenue were constructed in 1876 as gatehouses. The one on the left had an addition put on its back in 1881. These are the only buildings from the 19th century remaining in the yard, and they have been used, for most of their existence, as gatehouses for the security force assigned to the Naval Academy. This security force has included the yard master-at-arms, the U.S. Marines, the Naval Academy police force, U.S. Navy shore-patrol, and in more recent years, the Department of Defense police.

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Take a Tour of John Paul Jones’ Crypt

By Bill the Goat on Jul 10, 2019 9:30:00 AM

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How Does Navyonline Support the Brigade of Midshipmen?

By Bill the Goat on Jul 2, 2019 9:15:00 AM

The development of midshipmen isn’t restricted to formal educational settings. Extracurricular activities and sports clubs play a significant role in building the qualities necessary to become a well-rounded naval officer. The Naval Academy Business Services Division (NABSD) provides support to the Brigade of Midshipmen through sales at Navyonline.

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Introducing the NEW 1845 Coffee Shop

By Bill the Goat on Jun 26, 2019 9:30:00 AM

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All About I-Day and Plebe Summer

By Bill the Goat on Jun 20, 2019 9:30:00 AM

The long-awaited day has finally arrived. After years of hard work in high school and months of anxiously waiting for the letter of appointment, congratulations are due; it is Induction Day (I-Day) at the United States Naval Academy (USNA)!

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The History of Midshipmen Uniforms

By Bill the Goat on Jun 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The concept of utilizing distinctive dress to identify oneself as a member of a larger group has long been part of human history. Surprisingly, the institution of uniforms for military personnel is a relatively recent development, first appearing in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

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Summer Seminar: A Look Into Naval Academy Life

By Bill the Goat on Jun 4, 2019 8:22:00 AM

If you’re up for truly being challenged, a junior in high school, and have interest in attending the USNA, check out Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) sessions held on The Yard in Annapolis.

This isn’t summer camp...this is designed for high-achieving high school students that are ready to experience the commitment, discipline and physical training it would take to be a midshipman.

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Dive Into the Naval Academy Yard Patrol

By Bill the Goat on May 30, 2019 1:11:48 PM

A classroom is the traditional place to acquire knowledge, but some skills are best developed through hands-on experience. Classroom instruction is reinforced and retained when students put it to use. While lessons in maritime topics such as navigation and seamanship may begin in the classroom, they require practical afloat training to be mastered.

The mission of the United States Naval Academy’s Yard Patrol (YP) Squadron is to deliver realistic at-sea training for midshipmen in a realistic environment under the mentorship of qualified personnel.

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Founts of Inspiration: Presidential Grad Speakers (Part 2)

By Bill the Goat on May 23, 2019 3:30:00 PM

Our last post took us through the memorable graduation speeches of Presidents Trump, Obama and George W. Bush. We’ll head back to the twentieth century and see some of their predecessors’ words of wisdom to the U.S. Naval Academy graduates. See if they speak to you as well.

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Founts of Inspiration: Presidential Grad Speakers (Part 1)

By Bill the Goat on May 16, 2019 2:39:00 PM

On May 24th, an as-of-yet-unannounced speaker will take the stage at the USNA commencement ceremony, to impart his or her words of wisdom on the future leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps, on a day where they celebrate four long years of self-sacrifice, excellence and perseverance.

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One of the Greatest Struggles You’ll Ever See: The Herndon Climb

By Bill the Goat on May 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Picture this: the plebe class has been overcoming obstacles all year long. From the moment they arrive on the Yard and are welcomed with a haircut and white works, to the grueling physical and mental demands of Plebe summer, to the academic rigors and additional pressures imposed by the upperclassmen throughout the year. By the end of May, they’ve made it through one of the hardest years anyone in the military can weather.

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Three Hoorays for Commissioning Week!

By Bill the Goat on May 2, 2019 11:24:27 AM

Updated May 29, 2019: Watch acting Defense Secretary address the 2019 Naval Academy graduates.

What to Expect

It’s one of the most exciting weeks at the Yard, and it’s quickly approaching. This time of celebration features a series of events that culminate in an incredibly moving graduation ceremony for graduating Midshipmen, who receive both their diplomas and their commissions to serve in the Navy or Marine Corps.

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Annapolis Cup: Annual USNA vs. St. John's Croquet Match

By Bill the Goat on Apr 23, 2019 8:20:00 AM

Go Navy Beat St. John’s!

Saturday, April 27th is the big day when Navy will come face to face (or mallet to mallet) with St. John’s for that much awaited annual ritual – the Annapolis Cup – a celebration of competitive croquet, and a sure sign of spring. Tickets for this year’s match are sold out, but you can still get in on the action here. And if you’re twelve or younger, you can always get in for free, no tickets required.

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Read This! Top Books About The Naval Academy

By Bill the Goat on Apr 17, 2019 8:50:00 AM

Looking for books to read this spring and summer? If you are a Midshipman parent, alum, veteran or just interested in attending the Academy, we have the reading list for you. No matter your preference, you are sure to find something in the following reading list to spark your interest:

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Naval Ads Through The Years: Part I

By Bill the Goat on Apr 11, 2019 8:21:00 AM

As you know, naval history is rich in many ways. From the men and women who have defended our freedoms, to the ceremonies that mark long standing traditions, to the monuments that recognize their sacrifices, there are constant reminders throughout the Yard of those who have contributed in incalculable ways to the security of our country. One of the most fascinating views of this history is through the lens of the Navy recruitment efforts.

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How To Decorate Your Yard Away From The "Yard"

By Bill the Goat on Apr 4, 2019 1:15:00 PM

 

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How To Proudly Display Your Navy Flag

By Bill the Goat on Mar 27, 2019 7:58:00 AM

When flags are mentioned, the first one that comes to mind for many is the Stars ‘n Stripes, for which we have such great depth of feeling, and to which so much history is attached. The glory and history of our nation, of course, were achieved many times by the patriotic self-giving of countless Americans who served with one or another branch of our armed forces, each of which has its own flag.

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Impress Your Midshipman with Your Knot Knowledge

By Bill the Goat on Mar 20, 2019 9:07:00 AM

When it comes to knowing your nautical knots, you might find yourself in a bind, fit to be tied. You might even be tempted to turn to the International Guild of Knot Tyers for help (yes, there is one). But fear “knot,” here is a primer on the knots you need to know.

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What Makes the USNA “Lucky Bag” Yearbook Lucky?

By Bill the Goat on Mar 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Earlier this month, the USNA’s oldest living alumnus, Retired Rear Admiral Edgar Keats, passed away. He was 104 and an accomplished World War II veteran who served in the Pacific. He and almost 100,000 others have passed through the gates to this hallowed Yard as Midshipmen. They include such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Major General Charles Bolden, Wendy Lawrence, John McCain, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and more. All of these men and women had their USNA experiences captured in the annual USNA yearbook, The Lucky Bag, a tradition that started more than a century ago.

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3 Unique Gifts for Navy Fans That Have It All

By Bill the Goat on Mar 7, 2019 1:30:18 PM

You and your family are huge Navy fans. (Beat Army!) However, this means you have all the gear that naturally comes from being a Navy fan. You have the jerseys, the T-shirts, the jackets. You have the stickers for your car and the Naval Academy license plate frames. What else is there to buy? And since your family is as Navy-strong as you are, you have no idea what to get them for their birthdays, holidays, or even just for fun.

Fret not, fellow Navy fans. Our newly redesigned merch store Navyonline.com has some unique gifts for the Navy fan who has it all! Here are just a few:

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The Making of a Mascot - Bill the Goat

By Bill the Goat on Feb 27, 2019 3:30:00 PM

What follows is a brief history lesson of how the famous Goat came to be the official mascot of the United States Naval Academy and what our very own Bill was like in the early years.

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USNA Sports History Highlights - The First 100 Years

By Bill the Goat on Feb 20, 2019 1:31:00 PM

Go Navy, Beat Army! Yes, the classic, annual Navy v. Army game…known by USNA fans, Navy fans, and sports fans alike. But did you know there is a rich history of sports, yes even outside of football, at the USNA?

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Founders Day: The Formation of the Naval Academy

By Bill the Goat on Feb 14, 2019 11:26:00 AM

The United States Naval Academy has a very rich history that dates to the 1840’s. However, some people may not know how the USNA got its start. To help, here is a brief history of how the Naval Academy was established and the foundational values on which it was built.

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