The Role of Blue and Gold Officers

Fully agree with dressing appropriately, which for me means nicely groomed with no bare feet, no sweats or workout gear, etc. Khakis and a polo / sweater are fine.

Also, for those people who remove shoes upon entering their home, I STRONGLY urge you not to ask / require the BGO to do this. It can be very awkward. For example, women today often wear dress shoes without socks and now they have to walk around YOUR house BAREFOOT. Or, the BGO may have a hole in his / her socks. I also suggest the candidate wear shoes on this one occasion, though not doing so is ok assuming decent socks. [Yes, this is a pet peeve of mine :p ]
 
A very kind blue and gold officer (not the one assigned to our school), came out last Thursday at the awards ceremony in the morning on the last day of school. Did a fantastic job of explaining what the process for application to the US Naval Academy was. She commented that DD's summer would be over much sooner than her high school classmates. And then she proceeded to tell of all the exciting and hard work experiences that would be going on during plebe summer and the first year at the academy. And then she presented the appointment to my daughter. The cheering of the senior class was wild. Since then many of her friends have taken to following USNA on Instagram and showing her pictures etc. They're very excited for her. That Blue and Gold officer gave meaning and pomp and circumstance to the significance of that offer of appointment. It helped people understand what an honor it really was and I thank her greatly.
 
We were fortunate to have a similar experience with our B&G Officer kicking off the Awards ceremony. DS received a standing ovation from his classmates and faculty & parents.

Immediately following, one of his classmates that has enlisted in the Marine Corps, received an equally gracious introduction from the Dean of the school. He too received a standing ovation from the crowd.

The allergies were acting up hard, iykwim.
 
As I look to a year from now when I transition from USNA Dad to Navy Dad, I am contemplating options to continue my support of USNA particularly in our local area. We will certainly support our local parents club, but I am also looking for other options. One option I am contemplating is applying for B&G officer. What have been experiences of former USNA parents becoming B&G officers?
 
What have been experiences of former USNA parents becoming B&G officers?
Not a parent, but some of the best BGO's are parents. They are often more current on what's going on in the Yard, often younger (candidates may relate better to someone closer to their parent's age than older grads). One of the primary objectives of the BGO program is promote awareness, and who is more positive about USNA than the parent of a recent grad !

If you are interested, I encourage you to reach out to your Area Coordinator and let them know !
 
As I look to a year from now when I transition from USNA Dad to Navy Dad, I am contemplating options to continue my support of USNA particularly in our local area. We will certainly support our local parents club, but I am also looking for other options. One option I am contemplating is applying for B&G officer. What have been experiences of former USNA parents becoming B&G officers?
My current Area Coordinator started out as a Parent BGO after being President of the State Parents Club. A former Area Coordinator here actively recruited Parents Club Presidents to be BGOs and we probably had 3 or 4 in a row come aboard in that fashion.
I've talked about this a bit with my Area Coordinator and others and the challenge for parents becoming BGOs is to refrain from trying to advise every candidate follow what your own son/daughter did in terms of major, service selection, etc. Of course, this can also be a challenge for alumni BGOs who might try to "push" their own preferred paths onto the candidates.
 
My current Area Coordinator started out as a Parent BGO after being President of the State Parents Club. A former Area Coordinator here actively recruited Parents Club Presidents to be BGOs and we probably had 3 or 4 in a row come aboard in that fashion.
I've talked about this a bit with my Area Coordinator and others and the challenge for parents becoming BGOs is to refrain from trying to advise every candidate follow what your own son/daughter did in terms of major, service selection, etc. Of course, this can also be a challenge for alumni BGOs who might try to "push" their own preferred paths onto the candidates.

Why/how would a BGO parent or alumni be advising about those items? That’s done several years down the road. Long after BGO involvement in the application process.

I suppose if I was asked my advice about major/service selection, after the fact and they are at USNA, I would offer it. But I’ve never been asked, as those decisions come long after my role in the application process is over.

My response would be to be open to the journey, seek info on the Yard and try new things. I have no experience in which community or major would be better fit for anyone. I don’t think anyone does. A person has to discern that on their own. I don’t see how this is a ‘problem with parent BGO’s’ bc I don’t see when it would come into play.

In the big picture, there are good and bad BGO’s. As in all areas. Anyone “Team USNA”, who is willing to put in the time, effort , energy and training into spreading the word has potential. And hopefully the AC interview will figure out if they are a good fit before recommending them as a BGO. We do have to interview with our AC, and receive their endorsement.

The more the merrier! Spread the good word.
 
Why/how would a BGO parent or alumni be advising about those items? That’s done several years down the road. Long after BGO involvement in the application process.

I suppose if I was asked my advice about major/service selection, after the fact and they are at USNA, I would offer it. But I’ve never been asked, as those decisions come long after my role in the application process is over.

My response would be to be open to the journey, seek info on the Yard and try new things. I have no experience in which community or major would be better fit for anyone. I don’t think anyone does. A person has to discern that on their own. I don’t see how this is a ‘problem with parent BGO’s’ bc I don’t see when it would come into play.
I've personally seen it at things like Academy Days and college fairs so I do know that it happens but I am in no way accusing you or any other BGO of that sort of thing. My Area Coordinator does a wonderful job of representing USNA and all of the potential careers even though both of her sons became Marines.
 
I've personally seen it at things like Academy Days and college fairs so I do know that it happens but I am in no way accusing you or any other BGO of that sort of thing. My Area Coordinator does a wonderful job of representing USNA and all of the potential careers even though both of her sons became Marines.
Ahhh that makes sense. I was trying to figure out how that would even come into play. I didn’t take it personally. Just didn’t understand the point.
 
Currently there is a hold on BGO onboarding…sounds like it might be a few months before the process resumes.
 
Greetings, have read this entire thread to ensure my question wasn't already answered; is it overreaching to communicate to BGO interest in Inspire and CVW? DS is rising junior and has attended multiple USNA information events since middle school and Summer STEM--I assume this data is in the never-ending pipeline of future candidates, but wanted to be respectful of BGO primary responsibilities with current candidates. Thanks in advance!
 
First, BGOs don't have any insight into candidates who are not seniors in h.s. (or beyond). They aren't yet in the BGO "system." Thus, it's harder for BGOs to do anything "official" with such candidates.

It's certainly fine to reach out to the BGO as a junior, especially if the candidate has questions about USNA. Certainly can communicate interest in Inspire or CVW. BGO can pass along the info to Admissions, but understand that the BGO has no input into who is offered these opportunities.
 
Just had a meeting with our AC and another BGO and our parent club. Club wants to know how they can support. Number one ask was that we need more BGOs, and that attending training in person is key.

If you have a passion for the USNA mission, can be subjective, can donate time to answer calls and emails, schedule lengthy interviews, you can be a BGO. There are procedures and rules and guidelines that must be followed, and making sure you follow PII guidance is key.

Throw your hat in the ring. It is rewarding.
 
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