Posted by: Jacqui Murray | March 30, 2015

What is the USNA Honor Concept?

Honor is a big deal at all Military Academies–USNA, USAFA, West Point, and Coast Guard. It sets these schools apart from other University and Colleges–students must be honorable to graduate.

The mission of the USNA is to develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to provide graduates who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government (Strategic Plan, 2005).

To graduate from USNA, USAFA, Coast Guard Academy and West Point requires four factors:

  • morals
  • academics
  • physical
  • honor

None more or less important than the others. An officer isn’t more successful because he’s smarter or stronger or more moral or more honorable. He’s more successful because he’s a good mix of all these factors.

Here’s a test USNA Midshipmen must take to pass honor concept requirements:

Midshipmen Honor Concept

1. List and briefly describe the four options a midshipman has upon witnessing a possible honor offense.

2. What are the two precepts of the Honor Concept?

3. State what the “non-toleration clause” is, also specify as to where and how it is applied.

4. In the case of a not guilty plea, can the honor of the accused be used against them?

5. List and describe the three characteristics that must be met in order for a guilty plea to be accepted by the honor board.

6. What where the first three commands of Fleet Admiral Nimitz.

7. What class and billet representation would be present to hear and vote upon the honor accusation of a fourth class midshipman?

8. On September 1, 1945 Fleet Admiral Nimitz participated in an historic event.  Explain what transpired, as well as the name of the ship and it’s geographical location on said date.

9. What is the menu for Friday’s morning meal?

10. What does BIO stand for and what are their responsibilities pertaining to an honor case?

11. How many Honor Representatives does each company of the brigade have, and to what classes do they pertain?

12. Name the type of final vote that must be reached in order for a guilty plea to be accepted.  List the minimum ratio of voting members that is required to achieve this.

13. In what building is the writing center located?  When is it open?

14. What are the three vital note taking times?

15. At the end of honor remediation, what are the three recommendations the advisor can make pertaining to the remediated midshipman?

16. Name the upper class in 26th company who hold out of company honor billets, list their billet.

17. Intentionally left out

18. Final decision regarding separation or retention is made by whom following the suggestions of two other involved persons.  Named the participation parties.

19. What are the days?

20. Other than the voting members, there are two additional members who do not vote.  What is their function and who may fill such positions?

Here are the answers:

More about Midshipman life:

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23 Common Sense Rules to Thrive in the Military


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 webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for TeachHUB and Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, and freelance journalist on tech ed topicsCurrently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office with questions.

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