Posted by: Jacqui Murray | February 1, 2018

February To Do List For Military Academy Applicants

usnaDepending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be

happy you’re done. Move on to the next

First Steps:

If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a few books (or check them out of the library) on the process. It’s worth the investment because if you pursue this dream, you will be investing much more of your time and money before you achieve your goal. Better to make sure this is the direction you want to go.

Here are two books to get you started:

From the perspective of a woman who was accepted and how she accomplished it. Down-to earth, personal, definitely not dry, and should give confidence to any teen, male or female, considering a military academy as their college of choice. Read More…

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | February 6, 2018

What’s Happening in February at USNA

By now, you’ve finished your Congressional Interview, maybe even your B&G Interview.  You’ve attended or are preparing for a Candidate Weekend Visit. Here are a few items you want to think about in February:

Summer STEM at USNA

The formula for love

Beyond those, you have one big job remaining: Keep your grades solid, your attitude positive, and your goals clear. Here’s how:

Have a great month!


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and  Twenty-four DaysShe is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | January 15, 2018

SWO Ship Selection

Every year in January, Firsties who are going SWO pick the ship they will serve on when they’re commissioned.

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Here are a few videos of how that went in prior years:

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | January 11, 2018

What’s Happening in January

By now, you’ve finished your Congressional Interview, maybe even your B&G Interview.  You’ve attended or are preparing for a Candidate Weekend Visit. You likely have all pieces submitted for your application.

You have one big job remaining: Keep your grades solid, your attitude positive, and your goals clear. Here’s how:

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | January 8, 2018

January To Do List for USNA Applicants

photo adapted from one by NemoDepending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list.

Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next:

First Steps:

If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a few books (or check them out of the library) on the process. It’s worth the investment because if you pursue this dream, you will be investing much more of your time and money before you achieve your goal. Better to make sure this is the direction you want to go.

Here are two books to get you started:

From the perspective of a woman who was accepted and how she accomplished it. Down-to earth, personal, definitely not dry, and should give confidence to any teen, male or female, considering a military academy as their college of choice.

A general and useful overview of the USNA application and the academy in general

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | December 22, 2017

Happy Holidays!

HappyHolidaysUSNA-NetI’ll be taking a few weeks off–until after the New Year–to work on writing projects with a deadline. I may drop in on you-all as you enjoy your holidays, but mostly I’ll be regenerating.

I wish you a wonderful season, safe and filled with family.

See you shortly!

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | December 18, 2017

Christmas Like a Soldier

Part of joining the military is placing yourself second to America. Her needs exceed yours. This Holiday Season, many of our own friends and family won’t be home in the warmth of family events. Watch these videos. Remember them…



Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and  Twenty-four Days (featuring the USS Bunker Hill)She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | December 11, 2017

December To Do List for USNA Applicants

partial photo credit: NemoDepending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next:

First Steps:

If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a few books (or check them out of the library) on the process. It’s worth the investment because if you pursue this dream, you will be investing much more of your time and money before you achieve your goal. Better to make sure this is the direction you want to go.

Here are two books to get you started:

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | December 8, 2017

Army vs. Navy: The Nation’s Game

army-navy footballDecember 9th is the annual Army-Navy Game, at noon in Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia PA, noon PDT. This is an American college football rivalry game between the teams of the Black Knights of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and the Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis and has come to embody the spirit of the  United States Armed Forces. To date, Navy leads the all-time series, 60-50-7

Here’s a video that embodies the rivalry. Watch it, then watch the game:

A Game of Honor

Here are Army-Navy Spirit Spots:






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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | December 7, 2017

Remember Pearl Harbor

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is annually on December 7, commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, during World War II. Many American service men and women lost their lives or were injured on December 7, 1941. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day.

Pearl Harbor

Credit: Wikimedia Commons


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and  Twenty-four Days (starring the USS Bunker Hill). She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. She is the parent of a Naval Officer and an Army Sergeant. 

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | December 1, 2017

What’s Happening in December at USNA

USS Bunker Hill over the holidays

By now, you’ve finished your Congressional Interview, maybe even your B&G Interview.  You’ve attended or are preparing for a Candidate Weekend Visit.

You have one big job remaining: Keep your grades solid, your attitude positive, and your goals clear. Here’s how:

Have a great holiday!


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and  Twenty-four DaysShe is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 22, 2017

Twenty-four Days–on sale!

My latest thriller is on sale!

A former SEAL, a brilliant scientist, a love-besotted nerd, and a quirky AI have twenty-four days to stop a terrorist attack. The problems: They don’t know what it is, where it is, or who’s involved.

twenty-four daysIf you missed out on the Free sale for Twenty-four Days, I’m offering it for three days at $.99 or $1.99 (on the last day) instead of the usual price of $2.99. Here are the details:

When: November 22nd-25th 2017 

Where: Amazon Kindle

Price: $.99 – $1.99!

What Kirkus says about Twenty-four Days:

A blistering pace is set from the beginning: dates open each new chapter/section, generating a countdown that intensifies the title’s time limit. Murray skillfully bounces from scene to scene, handling numerous characters, from hijackers to MI6 special agent Haster. … A steady tempo and indelible menace form a stirring nautical tale

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 18, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you and all yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. Enjoy your family and friends, take some time to rest. I’ll see you in about ten days!

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 16, 2017

N* Football: USNA vs. ND

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 12:30 PM on NBC
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana

Be ready with your blue and gold!

USNA does what’s called ‘Spirit Spots’ in support of their Big Games (Notre Dame, Army–that sort). These are quick videos that display their enthusiasm, commitment and fun-loving attitude. Here are some favorites for USNA vs. ND, Army, Air Force and others:

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 11, 2017

Today We Honor Veterans

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.






Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Marine Corps

Join me November 10, 2017, in wishing the United States Marine Corps a Happy 242th Birthday and honoring Marines past and present.

Semper Fi!





Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 6, 2017

November To Do List for USNA Applicants

partial photo credti: NemoDepending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next:

First Steps:

If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, buy a few books (or check them out of the library) on the process. It’s worth the investment because if you pursue this dream, you will be investing much more of your time and money before you achieve your goal. Better to make sure this is the direction you want to go.

Here are two books to get you started:

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 3, 2017

November is Warrior Care Month

wounded warrior project“Warrior Care Month” will be a month-long DoD-wide coordinated tactical effort to educate the military and to increase awareness of DoD’s Warrior Care programs and resources. Warrior Care Month will provide a snapshot of the Continuum of Care in a 30-day period.

Warrior Care Month will focus on the programs, initiatives, and support that DoD promises our military through the phases of recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration that are integral to the livelihood of our wounded, ill and injured service members, and their families.

SECNAV Designates November as Warrior Care Month

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 1, 2017

What’s Happening in November at USNA

Here are posts from our archives that address events you’ll face this month as you prepare your USNA application:

Mids Receive Service Assignments

Here’s the article from last year. Since it hasn’t happened yet, simply search USNA.edu for the article.

Headed for USNA? Prepare Yourself–Freshman Year HS

Headed for USNA? Prepare Yourself Sophomore Year HS

Want to Attend USNA? Prepare Yourself Junior Year HS

Headed for USNA? Prepare Yourself–Senior Year

What’s it Like to Parent a Midshipman?

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to the World’s Greatest Navy!

ImageSunday, October 13th is a day to celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Navy and the freedom it guarantees our country.  No other force for so long has been projecting power across the ocean and around the world to ensure America’s protection, provide humanitarian assistance to struggling countries… and sometimes to drop a Tomahawk on someone who deserves it.  The Navy exercises a unique ability to extend our borders further from our shores and buttress them with steel and hardened warriors.  Thanks to the Navy, Americans rarely have to consider the possibility of attack on our own soil.  This is a benefit of American citizenship that is such a rarity in history.  America is so blessed to wake up every morning under the blanket of protection provided by the United States Navy.

Speaking of the hardened warriors standing watch around the clock on our Nation’s warships, these Sailors are the smartest, fittest, most educated Sailors in our history.  They work long hours whether in port or in harm’s way.  They leave their families for 9 months at a time and can’t tell their families where they’re going.  These Sailors are reminders that America is made of strong stuff; America’s greatest generation made some good kids!  These kids are going to college part-time while learning to repair electrical circuits embedded in a motor required to operate a sea water service pump so the ship has flushing water.  And thank goodness for their excellent multi-tasking capability because never has America demanded more from them.  Warfighting has evolved rapidly in the past decade.  Despite the evolution, the joint operations of the U.S. military hinge on the ability of the Navy to be on site, on time and put warheads on target.  Who else could pull that off?  A Firecontrolman Third Class Petty Officer on a Guided Missile Cruiser operating in the Arabian Gulf is trained and empowered to pull that off, that’s who!  The fast evolution of war and new terrains on which we fight complicate every operation and every maneuver, requiring even faster and more intelligent action at every level of the Chain of Command, from a 4-star Admiral to that Firecontrolman Third Class during the “mid watch” on her ship.

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