Wednesday, July 22, 2015

You Don't Have to Be An Admiral: Brian Isaac (USNA '06)

In a new blog series entitled "You Don't Have to Be an Admiral," we will feature Naval Academy graduates who have, after their military service, gone on to excel in civilian careers - in all areas of command, citizenship and government.

Our first featured graduate is Brian Isaac, who commissioned in 2006 into the U.S. Marine Corps. Due to a knee injury, he was medically discharged in 2008. Since then, he has gone back to school to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in music education.

Isaac recently created the Church Circle Singers, a professional chorale in Annapolis. Read more about Isaac's career and new venture in a recent story published in the Annapolis Capital Gazette.


  1. Why not feature graduates who did not make Admiral but who had outstanding careers and were "dedicated to a career of naval service" - the actual Mission of the Naval Academy? Shouldn't the efforts of USNA support its Mission?

  2. The mission of the Naval Academy is graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government. A “career” of Naval Service is not necessarily 30 years in uniform. If all 1000+ graduates of the Naval Academy stayed in the Navy and Marine Corps for 20+ years, there would be, of course, a significant over-manning problem.

    We expect – as do OCS and NROTC accession sources – some our graduates to pursue other walks of life. What is important is that the Naval Academy imbues them with the work ethic and values they need to be successful in those walks of life. People of character and consequence. Men and women who are achieving in the areas of command, CITIZENSHIP and government.

    This young man is a leader within his community and through his initiative and drive took a stumbling block in his military service (being medically discharged because of an injury) and turned it into an opportunity for success elsewhere.

    Thank you for the input and dialogue. We appreciate the feedback.

    - USNA Public Affairs Officer

  3. What a great idea! I went to USNA to be a commercial airline pilot, but a funny thing happened (point is our 17 year old selves all went there for different reasons and a career of naval service isn't for everyone). 23 years later I am still serving and loving every minute of it. I am also extremely proud of my classmates who are doing varied amazing things across the globe as civilians. Lots of talent to highlight and a great way for today's kids to see the assortment of amazing things that the USNA experience continues to lead our teammates to...

  4. The sales manager for our winery is an Academy grad who has served his Oregon communities, as well as having forged successful careers in the hi-tech industry and now in the local wine industry. He might be a good candidate for this series. Here is a link to the story recently published in the Hillsboro Argus that was subsequently picked up by the Navy Times.


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