Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to spread and is an increasing force health protection threat worldwide. The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) is closely monitoring and preparing for any impacts to our mission. Our multidisciplinary COVID-19 Working Group is meeting regularly to monitor and mitigate impacts to our mission. While USNA remains a low-risk area, we will continue to assess the situation closely and remain prepared for any contingency.
As this is a dynamic situation, this page will provide timely information on the evolving outbreak, as well as actions the Naval Academy is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus. Please check back regularly for recommendations and instructions for midshipmen, faculty and staff.
(Updated 7/10/20) Due to the continued, national impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Plebe Parents Weekend for the Class of 2024 has been indefinitely postponed. For more information, please see the letter from the Superintendent, below.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will this change the report date/time for candidates?
Yes. The Class of 2024 will be received in small groups over a four-day period from June 29 - July 2 to accommodate social distancing measures. Incoming midshipmen should have received a new Permit to Report letter from the Office of Admissions via email with their new report date/time.
2. What measures is the U. S. Naval Academy taking to ensure the safety of my son/daughter who will be joining the Class of 2024?
A number of measures are being taken to ensure the safety of your son or daughter, as well as that of the faculty, staff and midshipmen who will be overseeing their training. These include: sanitizing living spaces in Bancroft hall prior to arrival, spreading out report dates/times to facilitate social distancing, issuance of face masks, COVID-19 screening upon arrival, a 14-day quarantine period for all inductees and their midshipman chain of command, repeat COVID-19 testing at the end of quarantine, and distancing strategies after quarantine to minimize the risk of exposure during Plebe Summer. The Naval Academy has a full-time staff of medical professionals who are available 24 hours a day/7 days per week to evaluate and treat midshipmen.
3.If my son/daughter is determined to be positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, will he/she be allowed to join the incoming class?
Our intention is to provide medical treatment for any incoming plebe who tests positive for COVID-19 and allow them to continue training once cleared by medical personnel.
4. If my son/daughter has or has had COVID-19, will he or she be allowed to join the Class of 2024?
Candidates who have had and COVID-19 must contact our staff before reporting. These cases will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
5. If the Class of 2024 is in-processing over a four-day period, will there still be an Induction Ceremony in T-Court? Will it be livestreamed for parents to watch?
An induction ceremony will be conducted after the 14-day ROM period. However, due to health concerns related to COVID-19, it will not be open to the public. More information will be provided about this at a later date.
6. Will parents be able to drive new midshipmen to the Academy? Where is the drop off location?
Arrangements are being made for parents to drop-off their sons or daughters at Alumni Hall on the Naval Academy grounds. Details concerning the procedures for drop-off will be promulgated separately.
7. What if someone is traveling/flying in the day before? Where should they stay?
Lodging will be available in Bancroft Hall for students who do not have other arrangements and are arriving earlier than their report date. However, to minimize the need to travel prior to report dates for incoming students, we are making every effort to shift report times later on report days to accommodate same day travel, particularly from more distant locations.
8. Will there be transportation from BWI airport?
Transportation will be available from BWI for students who are traveling unaccompanied.
9. Will new midshipmen be reimbursed for any travel expenses?
Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), which govern travel for federal employees, authorize reimbursement for accession travel. Details on reimbursable expenses will be provided in the permit to report (PTR) letter. Candidates will complete a travel voucher upon arrival at the Naval Academy.
10. What should the Class of 2024 wear when reporting to the Naval Academy this year?
As in past years, appropriate civilian attire is all that is required of candidates who will be inducted in the incoming class. Candidates will be directed to bring their permit to report letter with them at check-in. Due to health concerns this year, each arriving candidate will be issued a face mask, which is required of all personnel.
In addition to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Naval Academy is following amplified guidance put forth by the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy.
- NAVADMIN dated July 20, 2020: Navy Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak Update
- DoD Memorandum dated June 8, 2020: Travel Restrictions - Green Locations, June 8, 2020
- DoD Memorandum dated May 26, 2020: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 9) - Department of Defense Guidance for Deployment and Redeployment of Individuals and Units during the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic
- DoD Memorandum dated Apr. 20, 2020: Modification and Reissuance of DoD Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Travel Restrictions
- DoD Memorandum dated Apr. 13, 2020: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 8) - Department of Defense Guidance for Protecting Personnel in Workplaces during the Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 27, 2020: Message to the Force - COVID-19 Response
- All Navy Message (ALNAV) 034/20 dated Mar. 27, 2020: VECTOR 17
- All Navy Message (ALNAV) 028/20 dated Mar. 20, 2020: VECTOR 16 AGILITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS
- All Navy Message (ALNAV) 026/20 dated Mar. 14, 2020: OFFICIAL AND PERSONAL DOMESTIC TRAVEL FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION GUIDANCE FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY (CONUS TRAVEL GUIDANCE)
- DoD FAQ on Travel Restrictions updated Mar. 14, 2020: DoD Travel Restrictions FAQ - Update 2
- DoD FAQ on Travel Restrictions updated Mar. 13, 2020: DoD Travel Restrictions FAQ - Update 1
- DoD FAQ on Travel Restrictions dated Mar. 13, 2020: DoD Travel Restrictions FAQ
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 13, 2020: Stop Movement for all Domestic Travel for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- All Navy Message (ALNAV) 025/20 dated Mar. 12, 2020: VECTOR 15 FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION GUIDANCE FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 11, 2020: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 4) - Department of Defense Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 11, 2020: Travel Restrictions for DOD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 10, 2020: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 3) - Department of Defense Guidance for the Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Non-Pharmeceutical Interventions during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak
- DoD Memorandum dated Feb. 25, 2020: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 2) - Department of Defense Guidance for Military Installation Commanders' Risk-Based Measured Responses to Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
I want you to know that my intention is to reform the Brigade of Midshipmen for the fall semester. A detailed plan is in development to address the health and safety protocols needed to be in place in order to reopen the Naval Academy for the fall semester. There are many variables we are still considering, including how instruction will be delivered, intercollegiate sports, and how, when, and to whom the Yard will be open.
More details regarding this plan will follow, and I want to thank you all for your flexibility over the past few months as we navigate through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic together. Your ability and willingness to continue fulfilling our mission in creative ways, humbles me, and I appreciate everything you have done.
V/r, VADM Buck
- May 7, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 6
- April 23, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 5
- April 14, 2020 - Letter from the Academic Dean to the Brigade on Pass/Fail Decision
- April 10, 2020 - Superintendent's Message on Commissioning Week 2020
- April 7, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 4
- March 30, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 3
- March 27, 2020 - MEMORANDUM FOR ALL USNA MIDSHIPMEN
- March 27, 2020 - Letter from the Academic Dean to the Brigade On Pass/Fail
- March 25, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 2
- March 20, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 1
- March 18, 2020 - MEMORANDUM FOR ALL USNA MIDSHIPMEN
The brigade is receiving regular communication from the Commandant of Midshipmen, as well as midshipman leadership, on guidance, expectations, and requirements of them during this time. All midshipmen are required to provide daily accountability by 12:00 p.m. EDT, as well as check in with their chain of command and communicate any changes in health, difficulties in virtual studies, or other challenges that may arise.
Communication sent to the campus community about the coronavirus outbreak is provided below.
- March 25, 2020 - Superintendent and CMC Q&A
- March 19, 2020 - A Message from the Superintendent on COVID-19
- March 12, 2020 - Email from the Superintendent
The health and well-being of our midshipmen remains our top priority, as we continue to assess the situation and prepare for any contingency. All communication sent to the parent community about the coronavirus outbreak will be provided below.
- August 10, 2020 - Class of 2022 Parents Weekend
- April 10, 2020 - Superintendent's Message on Commissioning Week 2020
- March 12, 2020 - Letter to Parents
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Response
- Maryland Department of Public Health
- Department of Defense: Coronavirus Response
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus Explained (video)
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus Guidance
Cancellations and Modifications
(Updated 3/17/20) As a precautionary measure, and in response to the world and nationwide spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Naval Academy will temporarily close to visitors as of March 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. This restriction does not impact access for all authorized visitors, which includes USNA residents; faculty, staff, and coaches; Department of Defense-issued Common Access Card (CAC) ID card holders; dependent/retiree ID card holders; Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) card holders; or anyone conducting official business.
Individuals with CAC/DBIDS will retain base escort privileges.
Gate 3 will be accessible via turnstile only; all other gate hours remain unchanged.
(Updated 3/17/20) Effective immediately, due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all *public worship services held at the United States Naval Academy are canceled until further notice.
Additionally, the Main Chapel and crypt of John Paul Jones will be closed to public visitation. We will revisit this decision on a regular basis based on the health protection environment. We hope to resume providing support to a variety of faith communities in the near future.
*Funerals and weddings are private services
The Memorial Affairs coordinator is reaching out directly to the family point of contact for previously-scheduled funerals and committals.
Wedding coordinators and catering staff will reach out to points of contact for spring events.
Crypt of John Paul Jones
Due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the crypt of John Paul Jones will be closed to public visitation until further notice. We will revisit this decision on a regular basis based on the health protection environment.
Visitor Center, Gift Shop, and Public Tours
Out of concern due to the Coronavirus, the Naval Academy Business Services Division has temporarily closed the Naval Academy Visitor’s Center (which includes the Gift Shop) and discontinued our public tours. We are sincerely thankful to all of our patrons and we look forward to serving you in the near future.
(Updated 07/07/20) Out of concern due to the coronavirus, the Naval Academy Business Services Division has temporarily modified services at the following:
- 1845 Coffee Shop (open for TO GO services)* (Monday – Friday 0800-1500)
- Nimitz Library Coffee Shop (closed)
- Drydock Restaurant (open for TO GO and delivery services - breakfast, lunch, and snacks available; Monday - Friday 0800 – 2000 & Saturday - Sunday 1500 - 2000 – 410-293-2434)*
- Steerage (closed)
- The Alley Restaurant (closed)
- Midshipmen Store (open Monday - Friday 0730 - 1600 & Saturday 0900 - 1600)*
- Uniform Store (open Monday – Friday 0730-1600; limited hours 14-31 July for Plebe Summer Issue) (410-293-2906)
- 5th Wing Dry Cleaning (closed)
- Laundry (open to midshipmen only)
- Barbershop (open Monday – Friday with limited hours; by appointment only – 410-293-3200)
- Repair Tailor Shop (open Monday – Friday 0730-1600)
- Cobbler Shop (open Monday – Friday 0730-1600; limited hours 14-31 July for Plebe Summer Issue) (410-293-3474)
- Midshipmen Computer Repair Center (open by appointment only - 410-293-5482)
- Warehouse (open for deliveries)
Brigade Sports Complex (closed – email email@example.com for latest info)
Club at Greenbury Point (open Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday - Sunday 1130 -1800 & Friday 1130 - 2000 for NAC & NAGA members)
We are sincerely thankful to all of our patrons and we look forward to serving you in the near future.
Office of Admissions
(Updated 4/13/20) After closely and carefully monitoring the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus nationally, we have regretfully made the difficult decision to cancel our much-anticipated residential summer programs, Summer Seminar and STEM Camp, scheduled for late May and June 2020.
This decision was made in order to protect the health and welfare of our summer program attendees, as well as our midshipmen, faculty and staff who were selected to lead each program. It was also necessary to cancel these programs in order for the U.S. Naval Academy to safely induct the Class of 2024 and conduct summer training for our current midshipmen, keeping them on track to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
We are deeply disappointed, as many of you are, with this news. However, our Office of Admissions staff is working diligently to create new and additional outreach opportunities, including residential programs, as soon as it is safe to do so. We ask you to stay connected in the meantime through our Admissions website at www.usna.edu/admission and social media sites on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates. Additionally, our staff is available daily via live chat from the “Contact Us” chat widget on our Admissions website.
We all look forward to talking with you in the near future. Please stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.
(Updated 3/24/20) The U.S. Naval Academy Office of Admissions continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Based on what is currently known, the vast majority of young people recover without medical issues. In this context, there are no plans to deny admission to individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and recover. If your healthcare provider recommends being tested, we strongly encourage you to follow their advice, without worrying that your testing will impact your ability to accession as a Midshipman.
Due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, United States Naval Academy Office of Admissions is reducing or postponing our external outreach efforts, including staff travel to many communities nation-wide, through at least mid-April. Large group events such as Candidate Visit Weekends for juniors and seniors as well as a Centers of Influence Conference previously scheduled in March and April have been postponed as well. Additionally we have temporarily suspended face-to-face briefings in our office. We will make determinations weekly regarding engagements in the remainder of April and May. We hope to resume our normal outreach efforts as soon as the national situation improves.
In the meantime, the Office of Admissions remains fully operational. We are providing the Admissions Brief virtually in lieu of face-to-face public briefings. The brief is available online at Youtube, which will be accompanied by a live chat with Admissions staff for questions and answers from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Saturday. The live chat will be accessible from the “Contact Us” chat widget available on our Admissions website.
Admissions information materials may also be found on our website.
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