ANNAPOLIS, Md. — United States Naval Academy seniors Jonas Greer (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola), Connor Simpson (San Rafael, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) and Will Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) discussed ship selection as part of the Sing Second Sports podcast released on February 2. Ship selection is slated to occur at 6:05 p.m. on February 2 with live-streaming coverage available by CLICKING HERE.
The order of ship selection is based on merit. Class members are ranked in overall order of merit based upon academic, professional, and physical fitness standings. In order of ranking, Midshipmen are able to make a selection from the list. Only those ships still available may be selected, giving higher ranking Midshipmen a distinct advantage.
Ship lists are grouped by homeport. First Tour Division Officers may choose stateside homeports or opt to join the Forward Deployed Fleets.
While selecting a homeport might be easy, choosing a platform can be a much more difficult decision to make. First Tour Division Officers may select from Guided Missile Cruisers (CG), Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG), Amphibious Assault Ships (LHA/LHD), Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD), Dock Landing Ships (LSD), and Amphibious Command Ships (LCC).