Another milestone for the Plebes

Plebe year was a blur for our family … well, except for our Mid.

One of the challenges was that we, quite frankly, went into the whole thing not knowing very much. The flood of acronyms and rules and, well, just general USNA “stuff” overwhelmed us. It seemed like every time we turned around, we were confronted by another big deal.

Well, for the Class of 2021, next week is one of those Big Deal milestones – they declare their majors!

diary-2116244_1280One of the seemingly endless number of things that differentiates USNA from other colleges (and why we call it N*ot College) is that you will graduate with your class. In four years. Period. Next-to-no exceptions. That means you very likely will not be changing majors, because you have to follow a very tight sequence of classes to graduate in four years. That means that major selection is kind of a big deal.

By the way, if you haven’t already, you should check out the academic calendar on the USNA website – there’s alway something going on.

While declaring a major is a big deal – it is a big deal – here is the single most important thing you need to know about a Midshipman’s major: It will have NO impact on what they do when they commission (graduate). Repeat – NO impact. In other words, if your Mid chooses Cyber Operations, that does NOT mean they will end up doing cybersecurity.  Service selection is a whole different ball of wax and something most Mids will mull over and wrestle with for quite some time. One of the goals of summer training is to expose the Mids to all the different opportunities in the Fleet and those experiences can have a profound impact on service selection.

Oh, and if you haven’t already, you probably should check out the USNA website for information about majors. As with everything else, the Navy’s needs come first, so while most all Mids will get to freely select a major, there may be exceptions. For one thing, at least 65% of the class must pursue a STEM-related degree. The always insightful Academy Insider did this Facebook video about USNA majors that is also worth your time.

Hard to believe the Class of 2021 will be picking majors next week, then enjoying its first Spring Break. Seems like only yesterday the Class of 2020 was hitting this milestone! Lesson: Enjoy every minute of the USNA ride. As my son says, “the days drag on, but the years fly by.”

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