Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Apr. 24–May 15
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
There are five US military service academies where young men and women receive not only a college degree, but also a commission in that particular service. In this class, we will discuss these academies and look at their histories.
- Apr. 24: Introduction and USCGA and USMMA. This session is an overview of the admissions process for all academies, tuition and fees, demographics, and the commitment upon graduation. We will also look in depth at two of the smaller academies, the Coast Guard Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.
- May 1: USAFA. We will head out to the Rockies to tour the US Air Force Academy and its starkly modern campuses. The relationship of USAFA and the US Military Academy will be explored, along with current USAFA issues.
- May 8: USNA. The US Naval Academy is in Annapolis. Their motto is “From Knowledge, Seapower.” In addition to taking a virtual campus tour, we will look at the 150+ year history of the Naval Academy and some of its more famous grads.
- May 15: USMA. The US Military Academy traces its history back to the Revolutionary War, and many of the buildings, no matter how new, appear to be from that period. One of their slogans is “Much of the history we teach was made by people we taught.” We will also discuss famous grads and non-grads.
is a 1975 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. He served five years on active duty and 25 years in the US Army Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a colonel. He is also a graduate of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force War Colleges. Previously, he has taught classes at OLLI on protest music, union history, and baseball.