Posted by: Jacqui Murray | November 14, 2011

USNA: Blue and Gold Interview

060628-A-2421-007The B&G (Blue and Gold) Interview allows the Naval Academy one more opportunity to insure that they appoint

Blue and Gold Interview

Areas B&G Officer will rank you

candidates who will make it through the next nine years. Few other colleges invest the time and money in a personal in-home interview (except for recruited athletes) and the follow-up that the Service Academies do. But then, they’re spending taxpayer money and want to be sure to get it right.

For the Naval Academy, it’s a mandatory step, and an important nod in the approval process. By this point in the interview process, the B&G officer knows you better than any other person involved in the selection. His/Her opinion of you will weigh heavily as the admissions personnel review your application.

Be sure to create a good rapport with your B&G officer. Chat with her/him at any Academy Nights you attend. Email him with updates in your application process. Ask his help if you’re stuck on anything.

Sometime after you’ve been named a Candidate, probably after your DoDMERB physical, and when s/he’s sure you’re a viable candidate–that you have the stamina and commitment for a Naval Academy adventure,–s/he’ll arrange a formal interview  (‘formal’ may vary, depending upon the person). Wear something casual, but not sloppy–khaki pants and a collared shirt—conservative, respectful. His/her questions might sound similar to the Congressional Interview—why do you want to attend the Naval Academy? What will you do if they don’t select you? Nothing tricky. S/he must write up her/his recommendation to the USNA admissions, so her/his goal is to have one last conversation to determine the level of fit between you and a Navy life.

2009-11-07_1816S/he may have suggestions about becoming more competitive among the applicant pool, or getting your self in shape for the rigors of USNA life. S/he may want you to start winnowing out unnecessary activities from your schedule and concentrate on physical and academic areas.

All in all, it should be a stress-free interview that helps you understand better what your chances are and what the future will be if you are selected. Don’t be surprised if you leave it wanting to study harder!

Send a thank-you note to him/her. Check the CIS Candidate website to see when the section alluding to ‘B&G Interview’ shows up as completed.

–from Building a Midshipman 2008


Jacqui Murray is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member SIGCT, a USNA columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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  4. I like the fact that it seems that if the interviewer’s decision looks like it’s going to be a “no”, that they will be constructive up front to the interviewee about how to hopefully improve their chances in the applicant pool. There aren’t too many instances where this truly happens these days – often you just get a “no”, and you’ll end up having to chase down the constructive critique after-the-fact. And if you’re lucky, you might get to speak to a real human being!

    • Yes, you’re right. They can also recommend NAPS to beef up the academic side if that’s the problem. What they want to do is weed out the candidates who don’t have the mindset for a military college. Why accept them and have them quit the first day (which I’ve seen over and over) or during Plebe Summer because it wasn’t what they expected.

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  7. […] Getting along with people won’t get you in college on its own (especially colleges like the University of California that don’t interview applicants), but the Naval Academy wants students who know how to talk to others, how to listen and compromise–all significant factors in ‘getting along’. The Naval Academy Admissions doesn’t take for granted that you can collaborate with others. They assign you a Blue and Gold officer who conducts a formal interview which is graded and reported to the Admissions Board. (More info on the B&G Interview here) […]

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  12. […] Getting along with people won’t get you in college on its own (especially colleges that don’t interview applicants), but the Naval Academy wants students who know how to talk to others, how to listen and compromise–significant factors in ‘getting along’. The Naval Academy Admissions doesn’t take for granted that you can collaborate with others. They assign you a Blue and Gold officer who conducts a formal interview which is graded and reported to the Admissions Board. (More info on the B&G Interview here) […]

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