What is 2-for-7? From the USNA Parent Network:
The “Point of No Return,” is called Two for Seven, meaning two years down and seven more years to serve – two more at the Academy and 5 more in the fleet after graduation. This is a big decision made at the beginning of the Second Class academic year. Many Mids consider both options – to stay and to leave. Midshipmen can leave at the end of their Second Class summer training without incurring any further military obligation. They walk away with two years of undergraduate study completed and no debt owed. However, the hardest years are behind them. They have seen and understand the many career options available to them and they have experienced the teamwork and pride of belonging to their company, their class and to the Navy. They sweat the committment to what seems to be a very long time in their young lives. Once the decision is made, they relax and feel comfortable with their choice, but crossing that line looms large for some.
Here’s a press release from USNA on this momentous Fall event (from 2013).
Here are some images of Second Class Mids, recommitting to USNA:
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 an adjunct professor in tech ed, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, and freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this winter.