Leader Development & Research

Gettysburg Leadership Encounter

The Department of Leader Development and Research (LDR) conducts a two-day Leader Development Encounter in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for U.S. Naval Academy varsity team captains and Brigade stripers. The Leader Development Encounter is set against the backdrop of one of the most significant military engagements in our nation's history to facilitate an immersive experience for incoming varsity team captains and brigade stripers to convey meaning, purpose, and operationalization of team leadership at USNA. During the academic year and competitive seasons, the LDR Department facilitates leader development through team captain and Brigade striper seminars and reflection on the unique challenges presented, as well as the opportunities these exceptional leaders provide to the Brigade of midshipmen.

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