Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 26, 2015

Lots of Successful USNA Graduates

The Naval Academy offers one of the finest educations in the country, if you’re looking for a science background (everyoneLogo of the Naval Academy

gets a BS), a massive work load that must be done in a short amount of time (while holding down a part-time job–yes, you’re paid for the labor), and the requirement to incorporate physical with mental calisthenics. The result often is a successful national leader. Specifically:

  • 1 President of the United States
  • 2 Cabinet Members
  • 6 Ambassadors
  • 21 Members of Congress
  • 5 State Governors
  • 5 Secretaries of the Navy
  • 1 Secretary of the Air Force
  • 5 Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 4 Vice Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 27 Chiefs of Naval Operations
  • 9 Commandants of the Marine Corps
  • 2 Nobel Prize Awardees
  • 73 Medal of Honor Awardees
  • 52 Astronauts
  • 45 Rhodes Scholars
  • 16 Marshall Scholars
  • 93 Olmsted Scholars
  • 25 Fitzgerald Scholars
  • 830 Burke Scholar

How about these names?

  • Alan Shepherd, astronaut
  • Jimmy Carter, president
  • Roger Staubach, football
  • Ross Perot, business leader and Presidential candidate
  • James Stockdale, Medal of Honor recipient and prisoner of war
  • Chester Nimitz, warrior
  • John S. McCain, warrior
  • John McCain, warrior and prisoner of war
  • Oliver North, Vietnam vet
  • Jim Webb, Senator and Presidential candidate

Not too bad of company to keep, huh?


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 TeachHUBEditorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, and freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out next summer.

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