Are Service Academies the best way to become O-7 - O-10 officers?

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  1. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Whil I was there, a fellow BattO was a SUNY Maritime NROTC grad (his ring rivaled any SA ring in size) and a Duke NROTC grad.
     
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    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    I'm pretty sure that there has been one non-USNA alumni who served as Commandant.
     
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    Ring on the left ... my son’s VMI ring

    Ring on the right ... my USAFA ring
     
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  4. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    For fun, I pulled up the wiki list - so many famous names of those who went on to flag rank, or who had ships named after them.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commandant_of_midshipmen

    @OldRetSWO Any thoughts on who any non-grads might be? I only spot-checked a few, and all were grads. You’ve got me thinking.
     
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    flieger83 Super Moderator 10-Year Member

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    Boy is that accurate! When you become a commander...that's one of the scenarios that results in long nights and lost sleep: the loss of one of your members (the WORST scenario, the dreaded call in the middle of the night: boss...we've had a tragedy..." and the "once in a lifetime stupid move" that ends your command.

    My classmates that made that massive step from 0-6 to 0-7 (I didn't)...to a man/woman said they didn't expect the call they received...they were pretty sure they were doing a good job but the call from the boss telling them that the President had sent their name to the Senate...came as a surprise.

    And in MY class from USAFA we have about 19 AF flag officers (including the current Chief of Staff) and two USN flag officers! Wasn't it special when US Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) were commanded by RAdm Brian Losey and RAdm Scott Moore...both USAFA Class of '83! (And RAdm Moore...my high school classmate as well.)

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  6. OldRetSWO

    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    I just did a quick alumni assoc check on who I thought it was and he is not an alum: Capt Jack Darby who was "Dant" in the late 70's
     
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    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    Both of your seals worked for VADM Bob Harward USNA "79" who was "my" plebe during the first semester of my 3/C year.

    My USNA class had 32 flag officers including 4 four stars serving at the same time.
     
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  8. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Thanks for that. Good bit of “ProKnow.”
     
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    Do screw with a Marine and his post!!!!

    There was a Supe at USNA, who while walking back through Gate 1 in its former configuration, at night, in company with a group of friends, in civilian clothes, refused to show his ID card to the enlisted Marine at the Gate, energetically expressing himself the Marine should know who he was. The Marine, quite rightly, stood firm. There was some kind of physical contact, if I recall correctly. That Supe was gone within a day or so, his career as a flag officer permanently marred.[/QUOTE]