Advice to LGBT Candidates for Admission to the Naval Academy

Yes, you can.

If you are in high school and are considering to be a candidate for entry into the Naval Academy and are lesbian or gay or think you might be lesbian or gay, do not not let those feelings alone affect your decision on whether or not to apply for entry. Just as most of us, the reason that you are probably considering attending the Naval Academy is not because it is “the Gay Academy” as Yale is “the Gay Ivy.” You probably want to come to Annapolis for the unique opportunity to attend one of the nation’s finest schools, just as your peers.

Although the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is long gone, there probably is no advantage to be labeled as a lesbian or gay candidate for entry into the Naval Academy. There are no special quotas or extra points at an admissions board for LGBT candidates. Some of the many steps of the entry process are recommendations and interviews. The interview with your “Blue & Gold Officer” (BGO) although low key, is the official look at you from the eyes of the Academy. Let’s face it, many of these BGO’s are older and come from a very different era. Many don’t quite understand what it means or is like to be lesbian or gay in the 21st century. If one of the first things that they know about you is that you are a lesbian or gay candidate, it may influence their ability to evaluate you fairly when compared to other candidates. So we will recommend you carefully evaluate the advantages/disadvantages of disclosing this part of your life during the admissions process.

If you are a candidate and your receive a nomination and appointment for the next class, please let us know. Although per our bylaws, you cannot join USNA Out as an Associate Member until you have taken the Oath of Office as a Midshipman, we will be on the lookout for your join request once you have access to the internet as a Plebe, sometime after the beginning Plebe Parent’s weekend.