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U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis
The U.S. Naval Academy was founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft in Annapolis, MD. Throughout the years, as the Navy has progressed from sail and steam-based ships to today’s high tech fleet, the Naval Academy has continually updated itself to give young men and women up-to-date academic and professional training. The primary mission of the Academy is to develop midshipmen “morally, mentally and physically” to be effective naval and marine officers.
The Academy stresses two core curriculums. The first of which is the Academic Program which includes courses in engineering, science, mathematics and social science. Designed to provide a broad-based education, this program prepares midshipmen for nearly any career in the Navy or Marine Corps. The second program is the Athletic Program. The primary goal is physical fitness, but through an array of athletic choices, midshipmen also develop leadership and teamwork skills and learn the importance of commitment and personal sacrifice.
Another defined area of cadet growth is Moral Education. Moral and ethical development is a fundamental element of all aspects of the Naval Academy experience. As future officers in the Navy or Marine Corps, midshipmen will someday be responsible for the priceless lives of many men and women and multi-million dollar equipment.