U.S. Naval Academy seniors will make one of the most important decisions of their lives Tuesday, Feb. 5, when they select the branch of naval service they will enter following graduation in May.
Some will elect to fly, others to drive submarines or become Marines, while still others will serve as officers in the surface fleet.
Service Selection Day is the culmination of a three-and-a-half-year career information program (CIP) during which midshipmen learn about their professional options through briefings, visits, classroom studies, summer cruises aboard Navy surface ships and submarines and participation in Marine Corps training programs.
This year approximately 970 midshipmen will go through the service selection process.
As part of service selection, most midshipmen choose dates for advanced schooling, home ports, ship types and specific ships for their first duty assignments.
Several career options, including aviation, special warfare duty and the Marine Corps, have ceilings on the number of academy graduates that can be accepted.
Order of merit, which is the class ranking based on academic and professional performance, determines the order in which midshipmen are assigned. Midshipmen withthe highest order of merit have the most options in service selection.
The class of 1991 will graduate on May 29.
WARNER PROMOTED TO AIRMAN 1ST CLASS
Paul G. Warner has been promoted in the Air Force to the rank of airman first class.
Warner is an aerospace groundequipment mechanic at Bitburg Air Base, Germany.
He is the son ofPaul G. Warner of Davidsonville and Cheryl M. Warner of Edgewater.
The airman is a 1989 graduate of South River Senior High School, Edgewater.
AIR FORCE'S WARD WINS RECOGNITION
Air Force Airman First Class Monique A. Ward has been named airman of the quarter.
The selection was based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, significant self-improvement and other accomplishments.
Ward is an electronic computer and switching systems specialist at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
She is the daughter of Arthur E. Brown Jr. of Annapolis.
Her mother and stepfather, Milda A. Brown and James R. Simmons of Odenton.
The airman is a 1988 graduate of Arundel Senior High School.
AIR FORCE'S BURNS NOW STAFF SERGEANT
Gary E. Burns has been promoted in the Air Force to the rank of staff sergeant.
The sergeant is an avionic systems specialist at Homestead Air Force Base, Homestead, Fla.
Burns isthe son of Doris J. Burns of Glen Burnie.
He is a 1984 graduate of Andover High School.
PINKOSZ, IN ARMY, IS PRIVATE 1ST CLASS
Michael L. Pinkosz has been promoted in the Army to the rank of privatefirst class.
He is an infantryman at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy.
Pinkosz is the son of Lesley J. and Michael Pinkosz of Glen Burnie.
SOUTHWARD'S RANK TECHNICAL SERGEANT
Irvin F. Southward hasbeen promoted in the Air Force to the rank of technical sergeant.
He is a security supervisor at Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
The sergeant is the son of Irvin E. and Georgia M. Southward of New Bloomington, Ohio.
His wife, Deborah, is the daughter of Marleena McNulty of Pasadena.
DEAVER COMPLETES TRAINING FOR MP DUTY
Pvt. Grant E.J. Deaver has completed basic military police training at Fort McClellan, Anniston, Alaska.
Students were trained to provide support tothe battlefield by conducting battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, and law-and-order operations.
Also included in the course were peacetime support to the military community through security of resources, crime prevention programs, and preservation of law and order.
Heis the son of Patricia A. Pruski and Grant E.J. Deaver of Pasadena.
The private is a 1990 graduate of Chesapeake Senior High School.
AIRMAN MCRAE FINISHES COURSE
Aiman Elinor P.L. McRae has completed the inventory management specialist course at Lowry Air Force Base,Denver.
Students were taught property accounting, customer support, stock control and equipment management for a base supply system. They also were taught to inventory supplies using electronic data processing equipment.
McRae is the daughter of David P. Garcia of Dundalk and Betty L. Garcia of Fredericksburg, Va.
Her husband, Lloyd,is the son of Lloyd R. and Klista A. McRae of Severn.
The airman is a 1989 graduate of Meade Senior High School.