Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 15, 2011

Brief Points: Superficial but Worthy Resource for Parents of USNA Mids

Brief Points: An Almanac for Parents and Friends of U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen Brief Points: An Almanac for Parents and Friends of U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen

by Ross MacKenzie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Brief Points is a play off Reef Points, the text all Mids are encouraged to memorize as Plebes, but aimed at parents–without the stress or drama. It’s a good conglomeration of information, covers the high points of Mid life, in a concise and pithy manner. The best time to read it is during Plebe Summer, when you can’t talk to your Mid and are desperate for any tidbit of what they’re experiencing. Be forewarned though: It doesn’t include any information on Plebe Summer–rather 104 pages of what academy life is  about. It includes sections on academics, physical education, military life, money (it’s hard to accept Mids are paid to attend, but it’s true) and career. Pro Speak (another 73 pages) is fine, but few Mids will come home on leave spouting these acronyms and/or neologisms.

Overall, a good read which puts you in the spirit of USNA life and the military future your child has chosen.

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