Every year, 10-15 foreign military students
enter the Naval Academy. Even though it's just a speck compared to some
1200 American midshipmen, they still stick out of the crowd. After Plebe
Summer, they have significantly improved their English skills and are ready
to face the academic year. The majority of them choose engineering majors,
although there are a few Group II and III majors. After graduation,
they have a 6 to 20 year service commitment to their countries, depending
on where they are from.
So who are those people that you hear speaking
other languages at dinner tables, in your classes, sports teams, etc? Currently,
there are 31 foreign countries represented in the Brigade, a total of 55
international midshipmen. Most of them have some kind of prior military
experience, either in regular forces or service academies. They are equally
spread out in all 30 companies, with a mission both to learn and teach.
To learn everything there is to learn in the Academy and to teach other
midshipmen about their countries and armed forces, making the Brigade more
aware about the international community.