- Aug 1, 2006
Congratulations midshipmen! 7th year in a row 34-0
I'll have to admit, I've heard the same thing. Of course it's not an official stance but just ask around any JROTC unit or High School Guidance office. Plus, if you play on the Navy team you can have a cool full beard lolAnd where exactly are you getting this information? I don't believe for a minute land or sea warrior has anything to do with it.
No one said you or any particular Midn was any less honorable, it's just a fact that some do look at it that way, sorry, that's reality. We are at War right now and the fact of the matter is, a Marine or Army 2nd LT. will most likely end up in the war zone, on the ground.You may as a parent be inclined to disagree but try asking those of us that are either Cadets or Midshipmen and you will find that in the end it played really no part of where any of the recruited athletes ended up. Much more went into the equation. The biggest was which academy made it clearer that they wanted the athlete, which program did could the recruited athlete feel that they could make a difference.
I seem to recall looking at past posts mom3boys that your son was irritated that Navy didn't seem as interested in him as Army. You don't believe that was a huge factor? He went Army so obviously the your perceived "safety" factor didn't mean too much.
I really do find it rather offensive that people can claim that somehow I ended up at Navy because it was the "safer" option. That my desire to serve is somehow diminished because I may not be in direct harms way. You really think that my desire to go marine pilot is safer than the Army? So I get the impression that the only SA student that will be "really" serving is the Cadet at Army. I guess as the Army spirit spot showed we are just doing our time at the yatch club.
I would hope that the parents and applicants on this site were more gracious than this. It is pretty low to claim that Navy beats Army because our athletes don't want to serve in harms way. At least the Navy didn't try to get our football players released from their service commitment.
I'll ask again what do you base this on - some HS guidance counselor or JROTC?it's just a fact that some do look at it that way, sorry, that's reality
Like I said - at least the Navy did not request that he go directly to the Pros.Upon graduation, he became eligible for the 1987 NBA Draft and was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the first overall pick; however, the Spurs had to wait two years before he could join them because he had to fulfill two years of Navy duty.
The Navy excused him from three years of the normal five years of his military commitment following graduation from the Naval Academy because his height prohibited his deployment in many roles (e.g. aviation, the submarine service, and many ships). Nonetheless, Robinson continued to serve in a reserve role with the Navy and was regularly featured in recruiting materials for the service.
On Nov. 2, 2007, Navy Secretary Donald Winter issued a policy memo upholding every five-year commitment from Naval Academy midshipmen. Erased was the deal other service academies afforded professional athletes with contracts: serve two years, then double the remainder of your commitment in the reserves, and you are free to pursue your sports career.
I see this is getting a little personal and we'll just have to disagree. Good luck with your career in the Navy.I'll ask again what do you base this on - some HS guidance counselor or JROTC?
Try talking to those who are recruited, try talking to those of us that actually made the decision. I think you will be surprised. Personally, I do not know one Midshipman who decided on Navy because it was the safer service branch.
Robinson served out his time.
Like I said - at least the Navy did not request that he go directly to the Pros.
I am not an expert on Army or Navy football by any means - but no one else here is either so I will throw in my two cents -Does anyone have a theory about why USMA has such a poor football team year after year. I went to the game the last two years; last year I knew why, but this year I'm wondering what was I thinking.