Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley will be the graduation speaker at the 29 May graduation of the USAFA Class of 2013. President Obama is scheduled to speak at the US Naval Academy graduation on 24 May 2013. (Neither event will have the traditional fly-over or airshow.) It does not appear the West Point speaker has been announced, though the Secretary of Defense is frequently one of the speakers.
President Obama is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis this year.
In a statement Monday, Academy officials said that the 1,000-plus midshipmen graduating this year will get the chance to “look to the president for his leadership and wisdom as they get ready for their first assignments.” The event is scheduled for May 23.
The President and other senior leaders traditionally rotate among the service academy graduations each year.
Kate Donovan posted text from interviews she conducted with atheists at the US Naval Academy as part of a series on atheists in the US military academies. The text is interesting as an overview of the midshipmen’s group, but what is fascinating is the mature perspective from some of the mids:
…the paperwork process is slow for all groups, regardless of whether people like our group or not…
…Although our group has not been “official” for this past year — it was due to the fact that all prospective ECA’s must submit paperwork for official review every year in April — no other opportunities are afforded, our group included.
We can host events, but just have to go through the same bureaucracy as everyone else on that…
The theme is consistent: The mids recognize they are subject to Read more
The recent kerfuffle over amendments to the NDAA that would protect the religious liberty of US troops who oppose homosexuality has risen even to the minority leader of the US House. Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) said claims of military chaplains needing a “conscience clause” were a “fraud.” The Obama administration had previously seemed to indicate the “rights” of homosexuals outweighed those of Chaplains and other members of the military.
However, in a related article intended to communicate the “non-event” of DADT repeal, The Baltimore Sun validated claims that an environment has been created in the US military hostile toward those opposed to homosexuality, despite official military statements to the contrary.
In The Baltimore Sun article, homosexual midshipmen at the US Naval Academy Read more
The US Naval Academy at Annapolis won a Boeing-sponsored inter-service academy competition to design a futuristic aircraft cockpit:
The competition, now in its second year, required each academy’s team to design the cockpit of an aircraft for a mission nearly 30 years Read more
The US Naval Academy recently publicized its pace to set a record for the number of applicants. The US military academies have a notoriously low acceptance rate, an indicator of the competitive nature of selection.
Au contraire, says Annapolis English professor Bruce Fleming.
Fleming, a fairly “frequent critic” of his employer, filed a FOIA to determine how the Naval Academy counts applicants. He says the Academy overstates and artificially inflates the number of people who actually try to get into Annapolis.
The academy counts as “applicants” people who have not completed an application but have shown an interest Read more
Though “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is technically no more, the conversation over the law’s demise continues.
The Air Force Times notes that, for the most part, the US military academies expect “few changes” in the post-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” environment.
US Naval Academy at Annapolis [Correction:] US Coast Guard Academy did announce one specific change: Read more
US News and World Report‘s ranking of institutions of higher learning is topped by Harvard and Princeton, but the US Air Force Academy posted a strong #2 in the country for Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical undergraduate programs, and #5 for overall Best Undergraduate Engineering programs.
The US Military Academy at West Point was Read more