The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) is located in Annapolis, Maryland on the banks of the Severn River and on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is located in Anne Arundel County. Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is considered the "Sailing Capital of the World." Located 33 miles east of Washington, DC and 30 miles south east of Baltimore, Annapolis has much to offer. Click on the following links for more information about Annapolis:
- Official Annapolis City site
- Annapolis Chamber of Commerce site
- Visitor Quarters - Navy Gateway Inns & Suites Annapolis
- Naval Station Annapolis Navy Lodge
This is a high cost of living area, primarily due to the high cost of housing. The history of this lovely town dates back to the beginnings of our nation and it is a beautiful setting for the Academy. The Annapolis Area Naval Complex is composed of the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Support Activity Annapolis, and other tenant commands.
The USNA current curriculum consists of four consecutive years at Annapolis with at-sea training during the summer. Eighteen academic majors are offered which lead to a Bachelor of Science degree for all graduates. The base operator's phone number is 410-293-1000 or DSN 312-281-1000.
The United States Naval Academy was founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, the Academy started as the Naval School on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis. Since then, the history of the Naval Academy has reflected the history of the United States. As our country has changed culturally and technologically, so has the Naval Academy. In only a few decades, the Navy has moved from a fleet of sail and steam-powered ships to a high-tech fleet with nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships and supersonic aircraft. The Academy has changed, too, giving midshipmen the up-to-date academic and professional training they need to be effective naval officers in their assignments after graduation.
Every day, as the undergraduate college of the naval service, the United States Naval Academy strives to accomplish its mission to develop midshipmen "morally, mentally, and physically."
To develop Midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to 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.
Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis is located across the Severn River from the Naval Academy. Its mission is to provide material, personnel and service support to the Naval Academy by maintaining small craft, equipment and facilities for Midshipmen training, and by providing logistical support to the Naval Academy in its Midshipmen professional development program.
Housing and Relocation Assistance
Navy Lodge Annapolis provides lodging to active duty and retired military, reservists, DoD Civilians, and sponsored guests of the command and military personnel. Reservations are accepted based upon availability. Priority is given to active duty military on PCS orders. Reservations may be made locally at 410-757-7900 option 5, through the toll free number 1-800-NAVY-INN and on-line through our website.
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites can provide temporary lodging as follows: space required-military active duty, reservist, civilian DoD/contractors on orders. Space Available-non-duty active military and/or family members, military retirees depending on projected availability. Call 410-293-3906 for booking policies and requirements.
The Housing Welcome Center can also assist with on-base and off-base housing. Visit the Navy Family Housing Office website.
Geographical Bachelor Housing is extremely limited. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please call the Bachelor Housing Manager at 410-293-9070 to express your desire to reside in Geo Bachelor Quarters. Once your request is submitted, you must be present to go before an Assignment Review Board for approval.
Since Annapolis is in the Baltimore-Washington DC corridor, it is within a very high cost of living area. Service Members and families relocating to this area should keep this in mind when planning for the move here. The Financial Assistance Program at your current installation can provide you with tips on moving to a high cost of living area. Relocation Assistance is available through the Fleet & Family Support Center, 410-293-2641. FFSC provides the following types of relocation services; Destination Area & Sponsor Information. Loan items while waiting on your household goods to arrive, Relocation Counseling, Information and Referral, Welcome Aboard Packets, and much more.
Critical Installation Information
Rental Partnership Program (RPP)
The RPP was established with various area rental agencies with an agreement to charge military members a rent commensurate with their BAH. In return, the military member agrees to have rent deducted directly from pay through an allotment. This program is designed to help defray the high cost of housing in the Annapolis area. For more information contact the USNA Housing Office at 1-800-421-1474.
Annapolis ID Card Office
**NEW LOCATION - NSA Annapolis, 168 Bennion Road, Metzger Hall, Annapolis Maryland, 21402 (2nd deck)
Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Annapolis ID Card Office is now making appointments to issue all ID Cards.
Appointment hours are Monday - Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Walk-in hours are Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. All other walk-in's are on a space availability ONLY.
Call 410-293-5813/14 for more information. (CLOSED ALL FEDERAL HOLIDAYS)
Directions to U.S. Naval Academy
From Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
Exit Airport on 170 East to Annapolis. Turn right on Hammonds Ferry Rd. Follow signs to Annapolis. Take entrance ramp onto Interstate 97 South. Take Interstate 97 South to US 50 East. Cross over the Severn River Bridge and take exit 27 to Naval Academy. Go 1 mile, at first light, turn left onto MD RT 648. Follow the road to next light. Turn right at light onto Kinkaid Rd. Follow the road on to Bennion Road. We are the First Building on the left (168 Bennion Road). Parking & Entrance is located in the rear of the building.
Take Interstate 97 South and follow directions as from the Airport, or take MD RT 3 South to MD RT 100 to Gibson Island. From MD 100 exit onto MD RT 2 South (Ritchie Highway). Proceed south until you see the exit for US 50 East Naval Academy. Exit Left, and while on the overpass exit right on exit ramp. At light, turn left onto MD RT 450 to Annapolis/Naval Academy. Go 1 mile, at first light turn left onto MD RT 648. Follow the road to next light. Turn right at the light onto Kinkaid Rd. Follow the road to the First Guard Shack. Continue on Kinkaid through housing then bear left on to Bennion Road. We are the First Building on the left (168 Bennion Road). Parking & Entrance is located in the rear of the building.
From Washington, DC
Take US 50 East. Cross over the Severn River Bridge and take exit 27 to the Naval Academy. Go 1 mile, at first light, turn left onto MD RT 648. Follow the road to next light. Turn right at light onto Kinkaid Rd. Follow the road to the First Guard Shack. Continue on Kinkaid through housing then bear left on to Bennion Road. We are the First Building on the left (168 Bennion Road). Parking & Entrance is located in the rear of the building.