Army and Navy Academy

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Army and Navy Academy
Motto Pro Deo et Pro Patria (For God and For Country)
Established November 23, 1910
Type Private, Boarding
President Major General Arthur M. Bartell, USA (Ret.)
Location Carlsbad, California, United States
Colors Black and gold   

Army and Navy Academy is an internationally recognized college-preparatory boarding school for boys, grades 7-12, with a focus on academics, character development, and leadership. Located on the oceanfront in Carlsbad, California, the Academy combines its U.C. standard-based curriculum with a robust Leadership Education and Training program, striving to educate the leaders of tomorrow. Since 1910, Army and Navy Academy has been committed to its mission of educating and developing good character in young men.[1]


The Academy was founded by Thomas A. Davis on November 23, 1910. It was originally located in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California. In 1936, the Academy moved to Carlsbad, California, where it opened as the Davis Military Academy. Davis Military Academy was renamed San Diego Army and Navy Academy, and in 1944 "San Diego" was dropped from the name giving it its present name, Army and Navy Academy. The Academy was most notably led by Colonel (Hon.) William Currier Atkinson, who served as the Academy's president for fifty years.[2]


The Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are made up of alumni of the school, parents, past parents and interested local business men and women.

The Academy's current president is Major General Arthur M. Bartell (U.S. Army Retired). He works alongside Colonel Russ Hanthorn (U.S.M.C. Retired), who serves as Chief of Staff, and Colonel Kevin Batule (U.S. Army Retired) who is the Commandant of Cadets. On the Academic side of the school, Lisa Basista is the Dean of Academics. She works closely with Ethan Segovia, the Assistant Dean of Academics.

The Academy is organized into a Middle School (7-8) and a High School (9-12). The High School has a college preparatory curriculum that follows the University of California A-G requirements for graduation, and all Cadets participate in JROTC leadership courses. The JROTC/Leadership and Education Training (LET) program prepares Cadets for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program provides instruction and opportunities to benefit the student, community, and nation.

School Type[edit]

Army and Navy Academy is a private military boarding school. Cadets benefit from having a greater degree of structure, motivation and discipline in their daily routine. One of its core competencies is the academic achievement of its students. Many students see a significant improvement in their grades at the Academy due to its small class sizes, mandatory study times, and individualized assistance. Faculty is highly committed to helping students achieve their greatest potential, often staying after the school day has ended to hold tutorial or office hours.

The Academy's program is based on six pillars: Academics, Athletics, Leadership, Character Development, Associated Student Body, Cadet Life

Within this framework, Cadets are developed to be successful in their endeavors and attain a high-level of scholarship. The Academy's mission is to Educate and Develop Good Character in Young Men. The school's core values are honor, integrity, respect, responsibility, and compassion. At the Academy, these values are not just lessons; they are a way of life that Cadets live and breathe each and every day.[3][4]

Military Aspects[edit]

The JROTC program at Army and Navy Academy consists of four levels of Leadership Education Training (LET) instruction. Army JROTC has a well-defined organizational structure, geared to foster leadership and character development. Each person in the unit has an individual job that is part of a larger task, which is part of a much larger mission. There is a pyramid of authority within most organizations. For JROTC and the military, this pyramid of authority includes individual and group responsibility. It contains the following elements:

  • Unity of Command
  • Span of Control
  • Chain of Command

Cadets earn rank through their performance in LET courses and, when merited, gain promotions within the Corps of Cadets. Top Cadet leadership positions are determined through the Leadership Candidate Course (LCC), where Cadets are evaluated on:

  • Leadership
  • Discipline
  • Written and Oral Exams
  • Personal Appearance
  • Ability to Lead Drill
  • Responsibility

After LCC has ended, a Selection Committee meets to decide who best fits each position. Committee members include the Academy President and Chief of Staff, Commandant, JROTC Instructors, Faculty Leaders, and Academic Counselors. Leaders are selected not only based on their past performance, but also for their potential for growth.[5]


The Corps of Cadets consists of an army-style Battalion divided into seven companies: Band; Alpha; Bravo; Charlie; Delta; Echo; Headquarters;

Additionally, there are three separate company detachments:

The Lower School Honor Guard detachment, consisting of the Stoll’s Guard Drill Team and the Lower School Color Guard, are officially a part of Echo Company.

The Upper School Honor Guard detachment, consisting of Dorman's Guard and the Upper School Color Guard is officially a part of Band Company.


The rank structure at Army and Navy Academy is similar to that of the United States Army. Upon admittance, new Cadets (Plebes) have no rank. New Cadets officially become Cadets after 30 days in residence.

The logical progression for rank and duty positions is as follows: (In special cases, where cadets show a high aptitude for leadership, cadets may be advanced at a quicker rate.)

Class Duty Position Rank
Freshman Cadet Cadet Private to Cadet Sergeant
Sophomore Team Leader or Squad Leader Cadet Sergeant to Cadet Sergeant First Class
Junior Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Staff NCO Cadet Staff Sergeant, Cadet Sergeant First Class, Cadet Master Sergeant, and Cadet First Sergeant
Senior Officer Cadet Second Lieutenant through Cadet Colonel and Cadet Command Sergeant Major.
  • In special cases, Juniors who do specifically well in the Officer Candidate Course are permitted to fill-in Senior positions.

In order to achieve Junior duty positions and the rank associated with them, a cadet must successfully complete the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Course held every year.

In order to achieve Senior duty positions and the rank associated with them, a cadet must successfully complete the Officer Candidate Course (OCC) held every year.

Accreditations and Affiliations[edit]

Army and Navy Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

It is also a member of The Association of Boarding Schools, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States, and the National Association of Independent Schools.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Controversies & Incidents[edit]

A former teacher at Army Navy Academy named Jeffrey Barton, who was accused of molesting some of the boys at the school.[9][10] In February 2015, a few of the charges against Barton were dropped, but twenty charges, including sexual abuse, remain.[11]

Army Navy Academy is also allegedly plagued by hazing, rape, a culture of abuse, and bullying issues.[12]


  1. ^ Boarding School Review
  2. ^ Look in page 42 for original Pacific beach location in San Diego 1918 directory
  3. ^ 1918 advertisement of Pacific beach location
  4. ^ About Army and Navy Academy
  5. ^ Leadership & Character Development
  6. ^ Accreditation and Membership
  7. ^ Wilson, Meegan (July 19, 2000). "In The Right Place at The Right Time". U.S. Master Swimming. Retrieved April 21, 2015. graduated from the Army and Navy Academy, Carlsbad, Calif., in 1948. 
  8. ^ Dibble, Sandra (November 27, 2010). "New Tijuana mayor brings binational credentials". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved April 21, 2015. During childhood and adolescence, Bustamante attended schools on both sides of the border, including the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. He later earned a business degree from the University of San Diego. 
  9. ^ Massey, Skippy (21 May 2014). "Military School Administrator Faces Molestation Charges". Humboldt Sentinel. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Knott, Eva (9 April 2015). "John Doe Number One goes after Jeffrey Barton". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Knott, Eva (2 February 2015). "Case dismissal, my eye!". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hazing & sexual abuse alleged at Army and Navy Academy". KFMB (San Diego). 28 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2015. Garrick, David (18 October 2013). "School dogged by misconduct allegations". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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Coordinates: 33°09′44″N 117°21′18″W / 33.16222°N 117.35500°W / 33.16222; -117.35500