Posted by: Jacqui Murray | January 7, 2021

January To Do List for USNA Applicants

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:

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…

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | January 4, 2021

What’s happening in January at USNA

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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.

One article to see what’s happening at USNA while you are in High School:

Keep your grades solid, your attitude positive, and your goals clear.  Now, check the January ToDo list to see if you’re up to date:

January To Do List for USNA Applicants

More articles worth reading:

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | December 9, 2020

What’s happening in December at USNA

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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 are some articles to help you through December:

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

December To Do List for USNA Applicants

More articles worth reading:


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 (starring the USS Bunker Hill), over one hundred resources on integrating tech into education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, adjunct professor at UC and CSU, and mother of a LT CDR in the Navy and a SSG in the Army. 

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | December 2, 2020

December To Do List for USNA Applicants

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:

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…

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 9, 2020

What’s happening in November at USNA

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By now, you’ve finished the application save a few remaining items. You’re job now is to wait, patiently. Keep your grades solid, your physical in shape, your leadership well-tuned.

Important military and patriotic days:

  • Marine Corps Birthday–November 10th
  • Armistice/Remembrance Day–November 11th
  • Veteran’s Day–Nov. 11th
  • Warrior Care Month–entire month

Articles worth reading:

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…and a few videos (since there is no ND-Navy game this year):

Now, check the ToDo list to see if you’re up to date:

November To Do List for USNA Applicants


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 (starring the USS Bunker Hill), over one hundred resources on integrating tech into education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, adjunct professor at UC and CSU, and mother of a LT CDR in the Navy and a SSG in the Army. 

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 2, 2020

November To Do List for USNA Applicants

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:

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…

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 9, 2020

What’s happening in October at USNA

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Important military and patriotic days:

  • October 10th: Happy Birthday, USNA! (initially opened with 50 midshipman students and seven professors)
  • October 13th: Happy Birthday, US Navy! (the Continental Congress authorizes construction of two warships)
  • October 10th: US forces take Okinawa
  • October 18: Military World Games
  • October 27th: Navy Day

Here are some articles to help you through December:

Now, check the ToDo list to see if you’re up to date:

October To Do List for USNA Applicants


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 (starring the USS Bunker Hill), over one hundred resources on integrating tech into education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, adjunct professor at UC and CSU, and mother of a LT CDR in the Navy and a SGT in the Army. 

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 2, 2020

October To Do List for USNA Applicants

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:

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…

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 11, 2020

America We Love You

9/11: We Remember




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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 7, 2020

Take a Break–it’s Labor Day!

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September (this year, September 2nd). It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.

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.

Remember our American warriors today who never get a day off. Their job is always critical.

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 2, 2020

What’s happening in September at USNA

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Important military and patriotic days:

  • Labor Day–first Monday in Sept.
  • Sept. 2nd–Day the Japanese surrendered in WWII and the official end of the war
  • Sept. 2nd–flyovers for the 75th end of WWII.
  • Patriot Day–Sept. 11th
  • Constitution Day–Sept. 17th
  • Sept. 18th–USAF’s Birthday. Read more
  • POW/MIA Recognition Day–3rd Friday in Sept.
  • Gold Star Mother’s/Family’s Day–last Sunday in Sept.

Here are some articles to help you through September:

Now, check the ToDo list to see if you’re up to date:

September To Do List for USNA Applicants


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 (starring the USS Bunker Hill), over one hundred resources on integrating tech into education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, adjunct professor at UC and CSU, a columnist for TeachHUB,  and mother of a LT CDR in the Navy and a SGT in the Army. 

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | September 2, 2020

September To Do List for USNA Applicants

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:

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.

Read More…

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 10, 2020

What’s happening in August at USNA

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Important USNA, military, and patriotic days:

Here are some articles to help you through December:

Now, check the ToDo list to see if you’re up to date:

August To Do List for USNA Applicants


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 (starring the USS Bunker Hill), 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 freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and mother of a LT CDR in the Navy and a SGT in the Army.

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 3, 2020

August To Do List for USNA Applicants

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:

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | July 4, 2020

Celebrate July 4th in America!

patriotIt’s America’s birthday and I’m celebrating. My Army Sergeant son is visiting from Japan–Okinawa. My Navy Lieutenant daughter’s still in the DC area in the next in her long line of Navy jobs. They do not leave her in one position for long! I thank both of them and all those soldiers who fought for America’s uncertain future so long ago.

God be with all of us.

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | July 2, 2020

What’s happening in July at USNA

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Important military and patriotic days:

  • July 4th–Independence Day
  • July 25th–Remember the Pueblo!

Here are some articles to help you through July:

Now, check the ToDo list to see if you’re up to date:

July To Do List for USNA Applicants

More articles worth reading:


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 (starring the USS Bunker Hill), over one hundred resources on integrating tech into education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, adjunct professor at UC and CSU, a columnist for NEA Today, and mother of a LT CDR in the Navy and a SGT in the Army. 

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | July 2, 2020

July To Do List for USNA Applicants

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:

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…

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | June 9, 2020

What’s happening in June at USNA

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Important military and patriotic days:

  • June 14th–Flag Day

By now, you’ve finished your application, maybe been accepted and are eagerly awaiting I Day. Here are some articles to help you through June:

Now, check the ToDo list to see if you’re up to date:

June To Do List for USNA Applicants

More articles worth reading:


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 (starring the USS Bunker Hill), over one hundred resources on integrating tech into education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, adjunct professor at UC and CSU, and mother of a LT CDR in the Navy and a SGT in the Army. 

Posted by: Jacqui Murray | June 2, 2020

June To Do List for USNA Applicants

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 in time and money because if you pursue this dream, you will be investing much more before achieving 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 their first choice college.

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

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Posted by: Jacqui Murray | May 8, 2020

What’s happening in May at USNA

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First: Check May’s ToDo list to see if you’re up to date:

May To Do List for USNA Applicants

usnaHere are important events you’ll want to read about in May:

More articles worth reading:


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 (starring the USS Bunker Hill), over one hundred resources on integrating tech into education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, adjunct professor at UC and CSU, a columnist for NEA Today, and mother of a LT CDR in the Navy and a SGT in the Army. 

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