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Academy Education

Professional courses and training are an important part of the Naval Academy's integrated program. Required courses in naval science, engineering, navigation, and weapons systems give our midshipmen a working knowledge of modern naval operations and technology. Courses in leadership, ethics and military law help prepare our midshipmen for leadership responsibilities as an upper-class midshipman and a commissioned officer. In addition to academic development, our physical education courses help instill the importance of fitness and health.

Character Development

The Academy has a deep and abiding commitment to the moral development of our midshipmen and to instilling the Naval service core values of honor, courage, and commitment. This commitment is supported by our Character Development Division which integrates our core values into the development plan of every midshipmen. The Character Development program is the single most important feature that distinguishes the Naval Academy from other educational and officer commissioning sources.

4th Class Courses

Professional courses: 
Midshipmen are required to take two introductory classes in naval sciences and leadership.  Courses include classroom studies, lab sessions in operational trainers, and afloat in yard patrol craft.

Infantry drill:
There are 13 hours of infantry drill in the fall and spring, including four hours in the Brigade of Midshipmen dress parades.

3rd Class Courses

Professional Courses:
Midshipmen are required to take three courses which include navigation, naval engineering, ethics and moral reasoning.

Infantry Drill:
There are about 13 hours in the fall and spring, including dress parades.

2nd Class Courses

Professional Courses:
Midshipmen are required to take five courses which include strategy and tactics, naval engineering, weapons, a naval electricity and electronics and a leadership course that focuses on the dynamic interactions of leader, followers, and situation.

Infantry Drill:
There are about 13 hours in the fall and spring, including dress parades.

1st Class Courses

Professional Courses:
Midshipmen are required to take three courses which include a weapons course, law course and a junior officer seminar.

Infantry Drill:
Leading the brigade in about 13 hours of drill, including dress parades.
Summer Training

Summer at USNA

From Summer School to Summer Training, summers on The Yard are lively as midshipmen continue their academic and physical training.
Summer Training

Study Abroad

The Captain Marshall H. Cox / Captain A.H. Gaubart Fund supports summer travel and language study abroad for midshipmen and newly commissioned Naval Academy graduates. Programs are offered in Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, French, and German.
Careers
In the Navy
Naval Academy graduates become officers in the United States Navy or Marine Corps.

Physical

Education

The Physical Education Department is tasked with preparing midshipmen physically to become professional Navy and Marine Corps officers. This mission is accomplished through a rigorous course of instruction in the fundamentals of swimming, personal defense, wellness, recreational sports, as well as through the regular administration of the Physical Readiness Test. Midshipmen must meet basic physical education requirements during all four years at the Naval Academy in order to graduate.

Boxing: This class awards midshipmen grades based on proper form, offensive and defensive techniques, fortitude, and ring craft during a competitive bout against an opponent of the same size, experience, and gender.

Wrestling: Participants are awarded grades based upon their ability to execute skills such as take-downs, rides, escapes, reversals, and pinning combinations during a live wrestling match. Opponents are categorized by gender and body weight.

Swimming: Midshipmen are tested in the elementary backstroke, breaststroke, 5-meter tower jump, 40-foot underwater swim, and the 200-meter swim.

Swimming: Midshipmen are tested in the crawl stroke, abandon ship drill, 50-foot underwater swim, inflation, sidestroke, 400-meter swim, as well as they Navy third class swim test.

Martial Arts I: This course is a combative class designed to tie together the principles of wrestling and boxing in a competitive classroom environment.

Swimming: An 8-week class dedicated to teaching midshipmen the skills necessary to pass the 30-minute swim test in khakis.

Personal Conditioning: Midshipmen learn the lifelong habits of physical education, develop a fitness plan that is adaptable to any environment, and learn the key elements of nutrition.

Martial Arts II: This course is an application of Marine Corps & Mixed Martial Arts ground fighting techniques.

Electives: Midshipmen have the opportunity to acquire skills in 18 electives including advanced boxing, introduction to climbing, advanced climbing, fitness testing & assessment, fitness, first aid, golf, kayaking, gymnastics, martial arts III, martial arts IV, racquetball, squash, swim conditioning, tennis, triathlon, water polo, volleyball, and weight lifting.

Physical Readiness Test: In addition to the four years of Physical Education classes midshipmen must pass the Physical Readiness Test every semester. The test requires male midshipmen to run a 10:30 minute mile and a half, do 65 curl-ups in two minutes, as well as complete 45 pushups in two minutes. Female midshipmen must run a 12:40 minute mile and a half, do 65 curl-ups in two minutes, as well as complete 20 pushups in two minutes.

4th Class Year

Boxing: This class awards midshipmen grades based on proper form, offensive and defensive techniques, fortitude, and ring craft during a competitive bout against an opponent of the same size, experience, and gender.

Wrestling: Participants are awarded grades based upon their ability to execute skills such as take-downs, rides, escapes, reversals, and pinning combinations during a live wrestling match. Opponents are categorized by gender and body weight.

Swimming: Midshipmen are tested in the elementary backstroke, breaststroke, 5-meter tower jump, 40-foot underwater swim, and the 200-meter swim.

3rd Class Year

Swimming: Midshipmen are tested in the crawl stroke, abandon ship drill, 50-foot underwater swim, inflation, sidestroke, 400-meter swim, as well as they Navy third class swim test.

Martial Arts I: This course is a combative class designed to tie together the principles of wrestling and boxing in a competitive classroom environment.

2nd Class Year

Swimming: An 8-week class dedicated to teaching midshipmen the skills necessary to pass the 30-minute swim test in khakis.

Personal Conditioning: Midshipmen learn the lifelong habits of physical education, develop a fitness plan that is adaptable to any environment, and learn the key elements of nutrition.

Martial Arts II: This course is an application of Marine Corps & Mixed Martial Arts ground fighting techniques.

1st Class Year

Electives: Midshipmen have the opportunity to acquire skills in 18 electives including advanced boxing, introduction to climbing, advanced climbing, fitness testing & assessment, fitness, first aid, golf, kayaking, gymnastics, martial arts III, martial arts IV, racquetball, squash, swim conditioning, tennis, triathlon, water polo, volleyball, and weight lifting.

Physical Readiness Test: In addition to the four years of Physical Education classes midshipmen must pass the Physical Readiness Test every semester. The test requires male midshipmen to run a 10:30 minute mile and a half, do 65 curl-ups in two minutes, as well as complete 45 pushups in two minutes. Female midshipmen must run a 12:40 minute mile and a half, do 65 curl-ups in two minutes, as well as complete 20 pushups in two minutes.