He's a '17 Grad and a former basketball player. Didn't really know him but he had a pretty positive reputation in the Brigade. I do agree that the whole concept is a little toolish.Completely separate from the original post that spawned this thread, this “Academy Insider” guy seems like kind of a tool.
I have heard through some Yard sources here about a group of youngsters (3/c) in trouble for cocaine possession in Bancroft. NCIS involved.
This is hearsay, of course. I hope there is no truth to it, but every few years mids decide to do bonehead things with drugs.
In the past 25 years: car theft ring, text book thief, cheating scandals, Percocet thief, various other drug cases, selling porn, bike theft, breaking and entering in Annapolis, assault, rape, and a murder (though that was committed senior year of HS and found out while the murderer was a Plebe, and her co-felon was a USAFA doolie).I am not naive, and I also understand that like any school USNA has its fair share of disciplinary issues, but that really surprises me.
Particularly smart, athletic, skilled, entitled people who've been stroked their entire lives. They've either hoodwinked everyone along the way or are incapable, post adolescence, of coloring outside the lines.Smart, athletic, skilled people can also do bad things.
Couldn't agree more.The vast majority of mids are fine, upstanding people who generally do the right thing, a few excursions into administrative rule-breaking aside.
No - the worst part is that these **REMOVED** took spots that would otherwise have been appointments of honorable American men and women who would have done the Academy proud and served our nation accordingly.It's unfortunate, but as CAPT MJ says, these things come up from time to time. We all expect more , and I think USNA does a pretty good job at admitting the best and the brightest, but there will always be some bad apples slipping in and making the rest look bad. The worst part is that the press gets hold of these things and has a field day bashing USNA .
We'd all like to think this, but we really have no way of knowing. It's like saying that, if USNA had admitted candidate Y to USNA instead of candidate X who later quit/dropped out of USNA, Y would have stayed. X probably thought he/she was going to stay until something happened that caused the situation to change. The same thing could have happened to Y.No - the worst part is that these **REMOVED** took spots that would otherwise have been appointments of honorable American men and women who would have done the Academy proud and served our nation accordingly.
Sigh.I wish it were not so Captain. Sadly, it is. I just spent the weekend at USNA and got it confirmed by a couple of MIDS that are in that company.
I get your point, and agree that there are plenty in other officer programs , and non-military that are every bit as good and bright. However, I won't retire the phrase as that should be the objective of all our Officer accession programs, to attract the best and brightest we can get. My point is the system doesn't always work, but it should't take away from all the very good Midshipman, or deter good candidates from applying.It may be time to retire the “best and brightest” phrase.
This description pops up often - particularly in descriptions of Academy students. It isn’t really accurate (no disrespect intended). But there are ROTC, PLC, OCC and even non-military students who should be considered within that group as well.
The application and vetting process works well but hasn’t proven to weed out morally bankrupt students with great success. This will continue to be a challenge for all military entrance programs.