Brett Dumais leaving for U.S. Naval Academy

Brett Dumais will attend the United States Naval Academy.

Brett Dumais will attend the United States Naval Academy.

Foran High Athletics / Contributed photo

Brett Dumais has made a covenant with the United States Naval Academy.

“I wanted to put my best in my application. I had faith that the Academy will choose candidates that are right for the job,” said Dumais, a Foran graduate who will report for duty on June 30 to Annapolis (MD). “I believed that if I put the best of myself into the application that they would let me in.”

Dumais choice of college, or matter of trust where everyone involved works in the others' best interests, came to fruition on May 21 when he received his acceptance letter.

Approximately 1200 candidates from 16,000 applicants are selected each year for the Academy’s “plebe” or freshman class. Originally wait listed, Dumais planned on doing reserve officer training corps while attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before his dream school came calling.

“My parents are excited for me,” Dumais said. “They believe I made the right decision and that the school suits me. I met five incoming Plebes at a get together that a parent group for the Academy set up a few weeks ago.”

How does one prepare for a service academy education?

“I’ve been following the Navy recommended workout regimen to stay physically in shape,” Dumais said. “Besides that, there is not much you can do. There are three things you need to memorize before you get there. You need to know the first three orders of the sentry, the chain of command, and the Naval Academy mission statement.”

His acceptance letter read in part:

“Each student is required to participate in the Plebe Summer (no access to television, movies the internet or music and restricted access to cell phones. They are allowed only three calls during the six weeks of Plebe Summer. It is designed to prepare plebes for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenges that await them.

“As the summer progresses, the new midshipmen rapidly assimilate basic skills in seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing, and handling patrol craft. Plebes also learn infantry drill and hoe to shoot 9 mm pistols and M-16 rifles. Other daily training sessions involve professional development and team-building skills. Activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle endurance and confidence courses.”

Dumais said: “You must mentally prepare yourself for a large change in lifestyle. The six weeks is to get acclimated to Navy lifestyle. Engineering is high on my list specifically aero-space engineering. Once I graduate, I want to try to become a Naval aviator or pilot; go to flight school. I’ll have four years to think about it.”

Dumais was a record-holding pole vaulter for coach Pete Jambor at Foran.

“Athletically, whether recruited for a sport or not you will find something to be in physical shape besides the workouts they give you,” he said. “I wasn’t recruited for the track team. I’m going to try and walk on. Hopefully that goes well. If it doesn’t, I’m sure there are other opportunities for me to stay active.”

The Brigade of Midshipmen is comprised of 4,400 students from every state in the union and a handful of international students.

Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsirtty sports and extracurricular activity.

Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 subject majors and go on to serve at least five years as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army or U.S. Marine Corps.

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