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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

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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