Blue & Gold Program


One of the most important aspects of our development as leaders has been to assume responsibility for developing our subordinates and those who come after us, to especially prospective candidates for appointment to USNA. Naval Academy Information Officers or Blue and Gold Officers (BGOs) are actively engaged as volunteer adjuncts to the USNA Candidate Guidance Office to carry out the mission.
QAC BGO – Jim Ripley


USNA Information Program Mission Statement


“To market the opportunities available at the United States Naval Academy and to identify, recruit, and counsel young men and women of all different backgrounds who possess the potential to develop morally, mentally, and physically into the nation’s future naval, government, and civilian leaders.”

Even if you are not a BGO, you are probably going to encounter youngsters with potential and interest in USNA, and it’s never too early to help direct and motivate them in the right direction. The first point to make with these young people is the importance of academics, especially math and science. Minimum math capability has not changed since any of you were a midshipman. Candidates must bring a good working knowledge of Trigonometry and Conic Sections to USNA because the first math course for everyone is Calculus.  Although it’s not required, probably 90% of successful candidates take Calculus in high school so, when you talk to elementary and middle school students, parents and school leaders, remind them not to leave middle school without taking Algebra I. This puts them on a path to take Calculus in high school. Remember also, even BULL majors take 3 semesters of Calculus plus Chemistry, Physics and a variety of engineer courses at USNA in order to receive a bachelor degree.

USNA offers Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) programs for middle and high school students. Information for these programs is available at the STEM tab of this website.

If asked whether to take an easy course and get an “A” or a hard course and get a “C” while still in high school, the answer is always to take the hard course and get an “A”.  USNA is a Top 5 Undergraduate Engineering School and a Top 5 Public School Liberal Arts Program. We compete for students with MIT, Stanford, and the Ivies.

Rule of Thumb says 600 Math and 600 Verbal are required to qualify for admission.  Lower scores can be offset but only with superior grades. Candidates should also take the ACT. Some people do appreciably better on the ACT. An ACT 26 is equivalent to a 600 SAT. USNA will use an overall composite SAT/ACT score taken from multiple tests i.e., the best math and the best verbal from multiple tests and will mix and match SAT and ACT. Start testing as soon as a student has completed Algebra I and Geometry, and test often.

Leadership Potential is the obvious other credential necessary to successful candidates.  Extracurricular leadership in school: Class, Student Council, National Honor Society, Sports Team, etc., and outside of school: Scouts, Church, etc. are all viable and important reflections of future leadership potential.