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Class of 2025 Parent Information Booklet




ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Induction for the United States Naval Academy Class of 2025 is scheduled over a two-day period, June 29th - June 30th 2021. Incoming students will be notified of their report date and time.

We ask incoming plebes to self-isolate in their homes and minimize contact with others to the maximum extent possible during the two-week period prior to their report date unless fully vaccinated.

USNA is committed to protecting the health of our force. We have been and will remain in close coordination with state and federal public health authorities to ensure the well-being of our personnel and the local population.

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Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports have recognized the Naval Academy as a top-five undergraduate engineering school, the #6 best liberal arts college nationally, and the #1 public college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 26 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What measures is the U. S. Naval Academy taking to ensure the safety of my son/daughter, who will be joining the Class of 2025?

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, issuance of face masks, and the Plebe Summer staff is fully vaccinated. 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.

2.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.

  1. If the Class of 2025 is in-processing over a two-day period, will there still be an Induction Ceremony in T-Court? Will it be live-streamed for parents to watch?

An induction ceremony will be conducted on the evening of the 30th of June. Families of the incoming plebes are invited to attend th 7 p.m. ceremony, which will also be live streamed. More information will be provided on the details of the live stream at a later date.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Will there be transportation from BWI airport?

Transportation will be available from BWI for students who are traveling unaccompanied. 

  1. 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.

  1. What should the Class of 2025 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 into 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. 

USNA Covid-19 Admissions FAQ:

USNA Covid-19 Guidance:

 Mission of the United States Naval Academy
The mission of the United States Naval Academy is to develop Midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically and imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of Naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.

Purpose of Plebe Summer

Plees summer activitiesThe purpose of Plebe Summer is to lay the foundation of the Academy's four-year professional development curriculum. At the conclusion of summer training, each Plebe class shall:
  • Be indoctrinated in the traditions of the Naval Service and the Naval Academy;
  • Understand basic military skills and the meaning behind them;
  • Appreciate the high standards and obligations inherent in service as a Midshipmen and Naval Officer;
  • Be dedicated to excellence in a competitive atmosphere that fosters leadership, teamwork, character, and a passion for "winning;"
  • Appreciate the importance of mental, moral, and physical toughness in all aspects of duty and service; and
  • Be prepared to execute the rigorous academic year routine.

Plebe Summer Officer Leadership

  • Superintendent: VADM Sean S. Buck, USN
  • Commandant of Midshipmen: Col James P. McDonough, USMC
  • Plebe Summer Officer-In-Charge: LtCol Todd McCarthy, USMC
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