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Summers as mids.

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by njbaseball, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. njbaseball

    njbaseball 5-Year Member

    Jul 12, 2010
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    I have read alot on these boards, but I don't think that I have seen anything about what the summers are like at the Academy. Do you get time to go home and visit or is it all business?
  2. aglages

    aglages Parent 5-Year Member

    Aug 27, 2009
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    "Leave and Privileges

    The Naval Academy’s combined academic, military and physical development programs demand a lot of effort, requiring you to spend more time on campus than the typical civilian college student. But midshipmen enjoy Christmas and summer vacations (leave) plus shorter periods of time off (liberty). Free time to be away from the academy is based in large part on assigned military responsibilities, performance in academic and military endeavors and class seniority. You earn more liberty and privileges each year you advance at the academy. All midshipmen generally are granted leave during these periods:

    * Thanksgiving leave
    * Christmas vacation at the end of the fall semester
    * Mid-term leave during spring semester
    * A short break at the end of spring semester and before Commissioning Week
    * A month-long summer vacation."
  3. mademu

    mademu 5-Year Member

    Jun 19, 2010
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    You'll get to party in a lot of cool places.
  4. navy2016

    navy2016 5-Year Member

    Dec 30, 2009
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    how long are their christmas and thankgivings breaks?
  5. usna2012mom

    usna2012mom 5-Year Member

    Feb 21, 2008
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    Thanksgiving is Wed - Sun. Christmas is about 2 weeks, and Spring Break is 1 week.
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

    Jun 9, 2006
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    Summers vary greatly depending on the individual mid and, on the philosophy of the then-Supe. Under VADM Fowler (now departed), mid summers generally consisted of these "core" requirements:

    3/C summer -- grey boat as an enlisted, another month doing something professional (YPs, sailing, NASS), one month leave

    2/C summer -- ProTraMid (one week each at Quantico, P-cola, New London), one month academics at USNA

    1/C summer -- one month leadership (Plebe Summer, YPs, Sailing), one month working as a "JO" either on a ship, sub, or now an "aviation" slot, or BullDog for aspiring Marines, or SEALs for aspiring SEALs, etc.

    There are probably as many exceptions to the above as mids.:smile: Some do extra academics during the summer, some go abroad for 2 or more weeks, some do exchange cruises, some do programs associated with their academic dept, some return early for sports, etc., etc.

    Most mids get about a month of leave each summer -- not necessarily all at once. And, if you choose to do "extra" programs, you often do that at the expense of leave.

    The above may have been tweaked slightly since the summer of 2009, when that was the "agenda." And, as noted, with a new Supe, the emphases may well change again.

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