Looking at Military Colleges

Periodically, I get emailed by folks looking to sell something. I don’t think Conrad Yu has anything for sale in this guest post he sent me; I do think, however, the site has some good info:

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If you have a patriot in the family aspiring to become an officer in the military, then you know they deserve to attend the best armed forces academy they can. Yes, West Point is famous and legendary, and everyone knows about it.  But what do people really know about how to get in? It’s easy to forget that the application process for military colleges undergo share similar aspects to applying for regular universities.

Take a look at naval academies like the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.  It has a 7% acceptance rate (that’s only 1% more inclusive than Harvard), and has an average SAT math score of 650 and an average SAT reading score of 620.  It’s important to know these if you want that acceptance letter in the mail.

There you go, gouge on getting into a military school.

Sailing as Training

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist
expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
-William A. Ward

Step aboard a naval vessel these days, and you quickly see a stunning breadth of high-technology equipment. Navigating? Today’s ship is the province of GPS receivers and computers.  Posting a lookout? That task is handled largely by satellites and sophisticated radar. The helm is highly automated. And nuclear power is the propulsion of choice.

So why bother training today’s officer candidates on sailing vessels?

The debate has been going on for decades, intensifying with each advance in shipboard technology. In the latest go-around, Vice Admiral Jeffrey L. Fowler, the U.S. Naval Academy’s superintendent from mid-2007 to August 2010, raised hackles by trimming the sail-training program there, reducing opportunities for midshipmen to take part.

I am an angler, not a sailboat’er. Give me an outboard over a windboard any day. But for training and leadership, I can see the usefulness of sailing.

Buy Your Own Patrol Craft!

Guess what Craigslist is advertising?
Yes, your very own Patrol Craft, purchased from the Naval Academy:

Ex-Navy Yard Patrol Craft (YP-702)
LOA 108′, Beam 24′, Draft 7.5′. Built in 1988 by Marinette Marine.
Purchased from the Naval Academy 10/2011.
Insurance survey and underwater inspection done Oct/Nov 2011.
This is a dry, dry, dry boat that is built like a tank. The hull is wood with an aluminum superstructure. There are four cabins, three heads, a large mess and galley with all stainless steel. The main salon is about 28’X14′.
Before selling the boat, the Navy removed some of the engine parts for their stores, therefore the engines, 2-12V71N Detroit Diesels, need rebuilding or replacement.

Buy Your Own Yard Patrol Craft, 18K, YP-702, Craigslist

This deal won’t last long.
Neither will the ad, so I copied it all.
I don’t think this is copyright infringement,
I am helping them out, right?
Hey, YP owner, I get my usual 10%!

YP Craft at Annapolis 

No need to thank me when you putter around your local lake like
John Paul Jones.