Share your USNA Experience

  • kittar

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    Mar 25, 2009 5:38 AM GMT
    For reasons that I will explain personally to you should you care to hear them, I am looking into joining the US Naval Academy. I was wondering if anyone here has been through the USNA and how your experience with the Navy is/was.

    Any thoughts, advice, suggestions, questions, comments etc?
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    Mar 25, 2009 9:55 AM GMT
    No, but I have a couple of friends that went through it. A lot of hell stories, but neither of them walked away feeling it was a wasted education. In fact, it's a damn good career move if you're willing to spend a good number of years as a military officer once you graduate. However, neither of them are gay!

    You MUST have a great memory. You MUST be able to be run on all cylinders both mentally and physically on little to no sleep throughout your first year at the academy. For example, having to memorize the front page of a newspaper before breakfast; shit like that drives a lot of noob's (Plebe's, I think they call them) into early retirement.

    If you're gay, reconsider. One thing they've both told me that you need to think about: homophobia runs rampant, so military academy life can be brutal, even dangerous, if your peers find out you're queer. Hazing is outlawed but still very common, even allowed "off the record," which means .. well, you know what it means.

    I love the Navy. I'm a USN vet., so it's hard for me to trash the idea of attending one of the finest institutions in the U.S., but be true to yourself before committing your time and U.S. taxpayer dollars, to something like this.

    ROTC isn't a bad option, and it's safer.
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    Mar 25, 2009 10:01 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    Tapper said For example, having to memorize the front page of a newspaper before breakfast.

    That won't be happening much longer, as newspapers disappear one by one.


    Ha! So true.
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    Mar 25, 2009 11:29 AM GMT
    It's a pretty amazing place, there's no denying that. However, you'd better have some tough armor if you're gonna go in there knowing you're gay. The stress of having to constantly hide your sexuality as well as hear a fairly steady stream of derogatory comments will be just as exhausting as all the crazy shit plebes have to do.
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    Mar 25, 2009 12:07 PM GMT
    Tapper said

    If you're gay, reconsider. One thing they've both told me that you need to think about: homophobia runs rampant, so military academy life can be brutal, even dangerous, if your peers find out you're queer. Hazing is outlawed but still very common, even allowed "off the record," which means .. well, you know what it means.


    Tapper,
    I agree with most of your post but the Academy has changed A LOT! Homophobia is common but I would say the same thing for most colleges. Hazing is absolutely banned and is the quickest way to get booted out of the school - even quicker than being gay. I know several gay midshipmen (male and female) and the stories they tell me shock the hell out of me! icon_eek.gif None of what they do/get away with would have flown in my day!

    I have to disagree with you on your ROTC recommendation. icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 26, 2009 5:15 AM GMT
    One of my BF's is a graduate and was a naval officer for 12 years. He loved it and it really worked well for his career. He stays in contact with friends he made there as well as in his naval career. I have noticed that he is always running into other alumni and seems to be instant friends with them. Also post Navy it has been good as it seems to work in his favor when the boss or hiring person is also Alumni - they seem to watch out for each other icon_wink.gif He takes a lot of pride in his time in the navy.

    He currently helps manage an email list of gay alumni. So I can tell you overall it was a very positive experience for him.
  • kittar

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    Mar 29, 2009 12:41 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses so far, guys!
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 29, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    A friend of mine just joined. He's young, gay, but can hide it convincingly once he has to. He's knows the downside to being gay and in the Navy, but still looks forward to his future.

    I can only imagine how tough it must be for gay guys in the service, but I'm sure the pros outweigh the cons if you're absolutely serious about joining.