navy academy

Die Gorch Fock is a tall ship of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). She is the second ship of that name as a sister ship of the Gorch Fock built in 1933. Both are named in honor of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym “Gorch Fock” and died in the battle of Jutland/Skagerrak in 1916. The modern-day Gorch Fock was built in 1958 and had undertaken 146 cruises by 2006, including a tour around the world in 1988. She is under the command of the Naval Academy in Flensburg-Mürwik.


One of the fun things about Kevin Spacey is you never know where you might find him. Here he is at the Annapolis Cup croquet match between St.John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy. The community-wide event attracts several thousand people to the heart of Annapolis for a festive lawn party complete with outrageous costumes, old-fashioned picnics, swing dancing, and, of course, croquet competition. April 22, 2017


Happy Birthday to Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen. He graduated the US Naval Academy in 1995. His dream of becoming  a Navy SEAL was realized at age 27. He died during Operation Red Wings along with the 15 other men in the Chinook. Thank you for your sacrifice.

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I hope you are doing super well! I’m writing a novel w/ a character who attended the USNA in the early 80s followed by serving in the Navy & then moving into politics. I have two main questions (although I might follow up with more if you don't mind) 1) If he decided to re-up after his initial 8 year commitment, how long would he most likely be offered? If it matters at all, his 8 would be up in 1995 2) If he graduated w/ a degree in Poli Sci, what sort of position might he end up in?

1.  The 8 year commitment is a little bit of a misnomer; USNA grads are only required to spend 5 years on active duty after graduation; the balance of the time is in the reserves.  As an officer, you actually serve until you resign or fail to promote to the next rank in the required time period.  Enlisted sailors are on a contract where they sign on for an additional 3-4 years or so (depending on their rate and the needs of the Navy), but officers are treated a little differently.

For how long the character stays in, it’ll also depend upon what his job in the Navy is.  If he’s a surface warfare officer (SWO), once you complete your initial obligation (generally two sea tours and a shore tour), if you choose to stay in, you go to Department Head School up at the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) and then onto two department head tours.  You do sign a contract for that, because the Navy gives SWOs a bonus to stay in and do two department head tours.  Finishing those puts you around the 10 year or so mark, at which point you pretty much have to decide if you’re sticking around or plugging it out to make 20.

Aviators and Submariners have a similar process after the minimum obligation, but the years involved are a little different due to flight school and nuc school, respectively.  I believe both have bonuses that require you to stay in for another sea tour or two if you take them, though.  For restricted line officers or non-line officers, I admit that I have no idea.  Either way, you’re “up or out” around the 10 year mark if you don’t promote to Lieutenant Commander.  Promotions before that are automatic at specific times (2 years to make LTJG and 2 more to make LT), but higher tenure for a LT is 10 years.  

2.  The Navy is a funny place when it comes to your degree and your job.  Although he’d have a harder time being a submariner or an aviator with a non-STEM degree (the billets are competitive, and you get extra points for STEM degrees), he could become one if he had really good grades and took enough extra courses to get him through the rigors of nuc school or flight school.  That said, with a PS degree, he’s much more likely to become a SWO.  

This is where I can really speak with some authority, because I graduated with a history degree, and I was a SWO.  For SWOs, your first position will always be on a ship (you might go to a school or two first, but you’re always going to sea, since that’s the crux of the profession).  I arrived on my first ship…only to find that I was now an Engineer.  Oops.

Long story short, newly minted ensigns get jobs according to the needs of the Navy.  My first ship needed a new Repair Division officer, so there I went.  I became the Damage Control Assistant (DCA) within a year or so, and then ended up becoming the Auxiliaries Officer when our actual AUXO got hurt.  All with my shiny history degree.  Learning Engineering was hard for me, but not impossible; in the end, I did pretty well.  

Most SWOs leave their first ship after 20-24 months and go onto a second ship, where they’ll have a different job.  You pretty much never have the same job twice, so if you were an Engineer the first time around, you end up as a “Topsider” (Operations, Weapons, or Combat Systems–Supply Officers aren’t SWOs; the’re Supply Corps) on your second ship.  Then you’ll go to shore duty, which is where your character might decide to get out, or he’d have to stick around for two department head tours.  Those will probably be in the same job; the needs of the Navy sometimes win, but you often stay in the same area.

Come to think of it, I do think that USNA grads can go into the Supply Corps; we NROTC types couldn’t when I graduated, but I think the USNA guys and gals can.  I’m not so solid on their career progression, though.  He could also be a SEAL, but I’d shy away from that in your shoes–if it’s not the point of the story, him being a SEAL is pretty cliched by a thousand other novels. has a great page on Naval Officer career progressions if you want more details.  The page says ROTC, but it’s the same for both once you graduate.  Here’s another link from the same site with some more details, too.


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Dorie Miller, War Hero

At 7:48 am on December 7, 1941, Japanese fighter planes and bombers began their surprise attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. In two waves of attack, the Japanese sunk 4 battleships, as well as damaged 4 more battleships, 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and 1 minelayer, along with destroying 188 aircraft. The early morning attack also killed 2,403 Americans and injured another 1,178. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, caused the United States to enter World War II.

African Americans supported the war effort. Although there were limited opportunities for them in the Armed Forces, 2.5 million black men registered for the draft and thousands of black women joined auxiliary units. African Americans generally served in segregated combat support groups with limited military engagement. On the homefront, African Americans supported the “Double-V” campaign, which meant victory against fascism abroad and victory against racism at home, in addition to supporting the March on Washington campaign in 1941, in an effort to demand equal employment in the defense industries.

“Above and beyond the call of duty” (NAID 513747)

As we remember the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, let’s not forget the heroic actions of Navy Messman Third Class Dorie Miller, who was born on October 12, 1919 in Waco, Texas. Miller joined the US Navy in 1939, and was made a mess attendant, then cook aboard the USS West Virginia. During the Pearl Harbor attack, Miller first ensured the safety of several crewmates, before he began firing at Japanese warplanes with a 50 caliber anti-aircraft gun. Miller shot down two Japanese aircraft (possibly downed two more) during the raid.  

“December 7th – Remember!!” (NAID 535613)

In RG 80 Correspondence Relating to Discrimination, 1941-1944 (National Archives Identifier 120920855) series, the file unit Dorie Miller (NAID 26416709) contains memorandums, letters, and newspaper coupons from the black community to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, encouraging him to admit Miller to the Naval Academy. As a messman, Miller was ineligible for military training, even though he was a hero in the Pearl Harbor attack. The letters and coupons from black newspapers to FDR received attention from the president and were forwarded to the Navy Department. However, Miller was too old to attend the Navy Academy. Only candidates for midshipmen between the ages of 17 and 21 were considered. Miller was 23-years-old.

Letter to FDR (NAID 26416709)

Coupons from black newspapers to FDR (NAID 26416709) [Published material found in this series may be subject to copyright restrictions. Researchers should contact the publisher for further information.]

Memo from the Navy Department (NAID 26416709)

Following Pearl Harbor, Miller received a Navy Cross from Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. He would later receive the Purple Heart, the American Defense Service Medal – Fleet Clasp, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. In the spring of 1943, he was assigned to the USS Liscome Bay (still at the rank of messman), when he was killed during a Japanese submarine attack on November 24, 1943 near the Gilbert Islands in the Pacific.

Image of Dorie Miller (NAID 26416709) [Published material found in this series may be subject to copyright restrictions. Researchers should contact the publisher for further information.]

Via 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor: Dorie Miller, War Hero | Rediscovering Black History, written by Dr. Tina L. Ligon, Supervisory Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland

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And now some feels about a minor NPC.

DR. FUCKING KADOWAKI, MAN. I have so much love for her, seriously. Garden’s erupted into a bizarre civil war and the faculty are besieging her in her own infirmary? How ridiculous, just get the injured students in here. We’re about to be hit by long-range missiles? Well, obviously she has to stay in case anyone gets hurt. 

Also the fact that she’s apparently one of the only sane people in the entire establishment. She calls Squall on his bravado right at the start of the game, and she seems to understand that he needs guidance in his position as commander, as she’s the one who encourages him to make that speech to the Garden troops during their battle with Galbadia Garden. And she seems pretty fond of Squall in general. I like to think it’s because Squall, always so desperate to prove his self-reliance, probably ended up in the infirmary quite a lot over the years, so she’s had plenty of time to witness him at his most vulnerable, talk to him a bit, and understand what makes him tick, better than any of his instructors. 

Hell, the reason that most of these kid mercenaries aren’t more fucked-up than they already are is probably because they have this lady here as support. She’s probably patched up wee!Squall and Seifer hundreds of times after their duels, gently letting them know they’re both idiots while they scowl at each other, and putting up with their respective excuses of “I can’t just run away!!!” and “it’s for my ROMANTIC DREAM!!!” She’s probably had to look after Zell after he got into a fight with some bigger kids who were laughing at him. She’s probably had to talk Quistis through exam stress and bouts of self-doubt (this may or may not involve lots of tea). And since Cid takes refuge in the infirmary after the NORG fight, it’s a fair bet that she’s had to talk him down a lot after his anxieties over NORG or Edea get the better of him. (I have a vague head!canon that she’s an old acquaintance of Cid and Edea’s, who also has some sort of knowledge of sorceresses and shit, which is why Cid employed her as the chief medic of Garden.)

She’s one of those really nicely characterised side-characters that you get attached to without even realising it, and I also love subtly badass doctor characters who just get on with helping people out, regardless of the madness and mayhem going on around them, whether they be in the Royal Navy or fictional mercenary academies. :)