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Nov
14

2:6 Mombasa: Service academies aren’t colleges

@Jim @JBlitz The reference to Red graduating the Naval Academy “by the time he was 24″ is in the first 10 minutes of the pilot. In the real world, you can’t graduate ahead of your class.


Service academies are not colleges. They are where people learn command-and-control (younger classes are subordinate to older classes) and group cohesion. Military exercises are built into the summers, for instance, and are every bit as required as class work. People can fall behind, but not leap forward based just on academic performance. Classes graduate together in the spring. I don’t know why Ressler said “by the time he was 24″ if he really meant “when he was 23.” Either way, it’s a four-year program. All that said, I want Red to have graduated younger because then Liz can be his kid. Though the only thing I’m against is him being her uncle.

[Cross-posted at WSJ Speakeasy]


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