The First U.S. Naval Academy Class to Include Women Graduated May 28, 1980

The First U.S. Naval Academy Class to Include Women Graduated May 28, 1980


THE FIRST U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY CLASS TO INLCUDE
WOMEN GRADUATED MAY 28TH, 1980. IN OCTOBER 1975, PRESIDENT GERALD FORD SIGNED
A BILL STATING THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMIES WOULD BEGIN ADMITTING WOMEN IN THE
FALL OF 1976. THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY DETERMINED THE NUMBER
OF FEMALE MIDSHIPMEN BASED ON THE NUMBER OF WOMEN NEEDED IN THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS. WHEN THE ACADEMY’S CLASS OF 1980 WAS INDUCTED
IN 1976, IT INCLUDED 81 FEMALE MIDSHIPMEN. MIDSHIPMEN JANIE MINES WAS AMONG THE FIRST
GROUP OF WOMEN, AND THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN, TO GRADUATE FROM THE ACADEMY IN 1980. TODAY, WOMEN COMPRISE NEARLY 20 PERCENT OF
ENTERING PLEBES, OR FRESHMEN, AT THE ACADEMY AND THEY PURSUE THE SAME ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL
TRAINING AS THEIR MALE CLASSMATES. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE UNITED STATES
NAVAL ACADEMY, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE. FROM THE DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY, I’M PETTY
OFFICER TONY ROSA.

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