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:

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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 | 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 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 | 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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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, USNA!

On October 10, 1845, USNA was established!

By Commander William Marks, USNA Class of ‘96

With the Naval Academy’s birthday on October 10th celebrated each year just three days earlier than the U.S. Navy’s, now is the perfect time to reflect upon the parallels of the two institutions through the years.

Founded in 1845, the Naval Academy and its graduates are immersed in the history of our nation. Our heritage and our warfighting are inseparable, for in our history of daring and courage is a foundation of warfighting and readiness.

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 1, 2017

October To Do List for USNA 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.

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

Seniors–Check for Letter of Assurance

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 1, 2017

What’s Happening in October at USNA

Nothing’s more important this month than preparing for the Congressional Interview:congressional nomination

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 17, 2017

Constitution Day!

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is a combined event that is annually observed in the United States on September 17. This event commemorates the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become US citizens.

cnstitution day

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 15, 2017

POW/MIA Recognition Day

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. This year, that’s September 15, 2017. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.

You will never be forgotten.

pow mia

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 11, 2017

America We Love You

9/11: We Remember




Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 6, 2017

What’s Happening in September at USNA

Prepare for the Congressional Interview. For many of you, that happens in October. Here’s what you should know:

Now check September’s ToDo list to see if you’re up to date:

September To Do List for USNA Applicants

More on getting into USNA:

9 Secrets for Getting in USNA

USNA Midshipmen Sign 2-for-7 Contract

Here’s What You Should Know About the Blue and Gold Interview


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. She is the author/editor of two military-tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days, and over one hundred resources on integrating tech into education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, adjunct professor in technology-in-education, a columnist for TeachHUB, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 4, 2017

Labor Day–Honor American Warriors

Labor Day is a US holiday dedicated to workers across the country. The public holiday always falls on the first Monday in September. The first federal observation of the holiday occurred in 1894 however the first Labor Day observed in a state was in Oregon in 1887.

Today, I honor the warrior, his job to fight for America’s way of life, invisibly and heroically, across the globe.

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 1, 2017

September To Do List for USNA Applicants

image partial 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:

From the perspective of a high school student who was accepted. 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.

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 27, 2017

The Day Navy Colors Were Born

billgoatThis day in USNA history:

Navy Colors Blue and Gold were born, 27 August 1802


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 To Hunt a Sub, her debut thriller. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for TeachHUB, a program reviewer for ISTE, and freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Currently, she’s editing the sequel to To Hunt a Sub, which should be out next summer.

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 7, 2017

August To Do List for USNA Applicants

usna to do list

Depending 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:

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