Midshipman in front of Bancroft
Midshipmen in Noon Meal Formation
Midshipmen in Noon Meal Formation

Honor Concept

The Naval Academy holds itself to high standards of honor, expressed in our honor concept:

Midshipmen are persons of integrity: They stand for that which is right.
They tell the truth and ensure that the truth is known.
They do not lie.

They embrace fairness in all actions. They ensure that work submitted as their own is their own, and that assistance received from any source is authorized and properly documented.
They do not cheat.

They respect the property of others and ensure that others are able to benefit from the use of their own property.
They do not steal.


To underscore their commitment to living a life of honor, midshipmen developed and implemented a living document known as the Honor Treatise of the Brigade of Midshipmen. The Treatise is a positive and uplifting statement directly from the midshipmen expressing who they are and what they are striving to achieve. It establishes the common goals and ideals which midshipmen envision for themselves at the Naval Academy as well as in the Fleet.

The Honor Concept and Honor Treatise are the Brigade’s way of preparing midshipmen for a life of honorable service to their country.

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