What Happens at USNA during times of war

LwRower45

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As Iran just launched missles on a US Base. The possibility of war with major powers is looming. I am a candidate for 2024. I was wondering hoe USNA changes during times of war. Would it be accelerated?
 
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EEBTTF

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No. Your time at USNA would not be accelerated. With regards to enlisting - completely dependent on short term vs. long term goals.
 

Capt MJ

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If we were ever at full mobilization - think the World Wars, you might see an impact. Threat conditions will vary with the threat level, so you might see changes in gate security protocols.

We have been on a wartime footing for many years now. Let’s hope some diplomacy ramps down the current round of flare ups.
 

txfwindian

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How does the application numbers to SAs get affected in a conflict such as this?

Disclaimer: I don’t have any military background in generations before me, but that might change with next generation.
 

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I believe the last time there were any significant changes to USNA due to a time of war was when James Stockdale’s class, class of 1947, graduated in 1945 to support WW2.
 

gabby1723

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I asked my friend's dad (who's a grad of around '85?) this question and he basically said "if they're taking people from the service academies, the US is one step away from a national draft." So yeah, probably around big times of war.
 

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I believe the last time there were any significant changes to USNA due to a time of war was when James Stockdale’s class, class of 1947, graduated in 1945 to support WW2.
The wartime classes were moved up one year, not two so the full course at USNA went from four years to three years. Jimmy Carter is another example beyond Stockdale.
 

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Yes.... there was an acceleration in WWII (classes were graduated in 3 years to get Ensigns to the Fleet). That actually continued a few years after the War (I think '47). That was a different time ...we had several years to ramp up the force structure to fight a global war. Chances of that happening again are unlikely in today's society. The next major war is likely to be short and violent, and fought with whatever assets are on hand at the time. That's why training and readiness are so important now .

With respect to how wars affect number of applications, I would expect that it depends largely on the public's perception of the war. For example, during Vietnam and the period following, the military and Service Academies weren't particularly in favor, and I would suspect applications were down. In contrast, there was an increase of applications post 9-11.

The current events, regardless of how they turn out, really don't affect 2024 applicants at all. USNA will be using the same selection criteria they have for years. In my opinion, nothing is really changed ... we have been fighting Iran's terrorist proxies for years. It's not like they have been holding anything back trying to kill American service members, but we have been hamstrung trying to play whack-a -mole against ill defined targets. Now we finally got one, Iran has to react to save face, but they know they don't want to trigger a full blown war against the US. That didn't end well for Japan in 1945, and didn't end well for Al Quaeda in 2001. We've shown that the US military can be pretty effective when we have a clearly defined target. My expectation is that Iran is going to continue its little game of whack a mole, and try to exploit divisions in the country until the American people have had enough.
 

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Well, the Clanton’s were definitely a bad bunch in the story of Wyatt Earp, and I think Wyatt got tired of the whack-a-mole .... When Doc Holiday asked Wyatt what he wanted to do about the Clanton’s after Doc and the Earp’s were forced out of Tombstone for the last time to settle elsewhere, Wyatt responded — “kill’em all”.
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That’s Wild West Justice for ya.
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Well, the Clanton’s were definitely a bad bunch in the story of Wyatt Earp, and I think Wyatt got tired of the whack-a-mole .... When Doc Holiday asked Wyatt what he wanted to do about the Clanton’s after Doc and the Earp’s were forced out of Tombstone for the last time to settle elsewhere, Wyatt responded — “kill’em all”.
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That’s Wild West Justice for ya.
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Funny that you mention Tombstone, we live 20 minutes from there!
 

Sandydesert

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IIRC from what I have read, the USNA class of 1942 was commissioned early, in Dec. 1941, just a few weeks after Pearl Harbor. Basically they all skipped their last semester.
 
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