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Bartlett Going Full Send to Navy

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Mason Bartlett, a senior here at Chagrin, looks forward to his future at one of the most selective academies in the country.

The Naval academy is one of the most difficult Academies to get into, with a 9% acceptance rate.

“It was the greatest accomplishment of my life,” said Bartlett while discussing his excitement for the next chapter of his life.

The close friends and family have become deeply impressed with this unique accomplishment, including family friend Duncan Taber as he remembers Airsoft battles they had as younglings.

“I pretty much lost everytime, chipped a tooth,” said Taber as he discusses Bartlett’s marksmanship.

Bartlett has been looking forward to this for as long as he can remember and is happy he can fulfill his childhood dream.

“I generally train whenever I get the chance, so I am ready for whatever they throw at us,” said Bartlett while discussing if he anticipates any hardships.

Candidates for admission generally must both apply directly to the academy and receive a nomination, usually from a Member of Congress. Students are officers-in-training and are referred to as midshipmen. Tuition for midshipmen is fully funded by the Navy in exchange for an active duty service obligation upon graduation.

“I couldn’t believe he got in,” stated Taber.

Students at the naval academy are addressed as Midshipman, an official military rank and pay grade. As midshipmen are actually in the United States Navy, starting from the moment that they raise their hands and affirm the oath of office at the swearing-in ceremony, they are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, of which USNA regulations are a part, as well as to all executive policies and orders formulated by the Department of the Navy.

“I can not wait to be recognized in the navy,” Bartlett stated.

By an Act of Congress passed in 1903, two midshipman appointments were allowed for each senator, representative, and delegate in Congress, two for the District of Columbia, and five each year at large. Currently each member of Congress and the Vice President can have five appointees attending the Naval Academy at any time. When any appointee graduates or otherwise leaves the academy, a vacancy is created. Candidates are nominated by their senator, representative, or delegate in Congress, and those appointed at large are nominated by the Vice President. The applicants do not have to know their Congressman to be nominated.

“The appointment process by far more difficult than I thought,” stated Bartlett.

Graduates include over 50 U.S. astronauts (including six who flew to the Moon), more than from any other undergraduate institution in the U.S. Over 990 noted scholars in a variety of academic fields are Academy graduates, including 46 Rhodes Scholars and 24 Marshall Scholars. Additional notable graduates include one President of the United States (Jimmy Carter) who is also a Nobel laureate, one other Nobel Prize recipient (the first American scientist to win a Nobel Prize) and 73 Medal of Honor recipients.

“It is an honor to be included with these great names,” staded Bartlett.


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Bartlett Going Full Send to Navy