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Somewhat OT; The NAVY DRAFT

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by AnteaterCharger, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006

    The United States Navy brought back the draft on Jan. 30.

    On this cold Thursday in Annapolis, Md., 243 Naval Academy students, who will become surface warfare officers (SWOs) when they graduate in May, packed tightly into an auditorium, surrounded by admirals, captains, family, and friends. They were there for ship selection night.

    A camera crew from the Defense Department sat outside waiting to interview the Navy’s next ensigns. The festivities had all the pomp of the NFL draft but with two key differences: These players drafted their teams, and they actually have to graduate from college. SWOs are in the minority. They have 800 classmates—future Marines, SEALs, engineers, submariners, and pilots—who do not have the option of picking their first jobs.

    The students plucked ship names from a draft board, posed mid-stage to display their choice, shook hands with the senior officers playing league commissioner at the podium, then donned caps bearing their new team name.

    (It's cool to see the Navy take the excitement and the fun of the draft for their midshipmen, and the article is very very enjoyable. Read the full article)

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