Monday, April 13, 2020

Rivalry On and Off the Field

The Army and the Navy are the two oldest branches of the military and for the last 130 years they have been hashing out their rivalry not on the battlefield, but on the football field. It all started when a cadet from West Point (U.S. Military Academy) “accepted a challenge” from a midshipman from the Naval academy. In 1890 the first game was played. Over the years the two teams have only missed ten years.  5 of those missed meetings were due to war or not being able to agree on rules or other non-rivalrous reasons. But 5 the years of 1894-1898 the game stopped because of a disagreement “Following a reputed incident between a Rear Admiral and a Brigadier General, which nearly led to a duel after the 1893 Navy victory” after a meeting with president Cleveland the secretary of the navy and the secretary of war issues orders to their respective academies that the opposing team could not visit thus effectively ending the football game after a cool-off period the waters were ripe for another meeting and in 1899 the two teams met on neutral territory and the tradition continuities today.
 Each branch wants to be the best of the best, so they are constantly pushing to be better. this competition between the branches is one of the things that drives the U.S. military to be the best in the world.  The Army vs. Navy football game is one that highlights the deeper competition between the two services. Each academy is constantly working to be better and beat their rival even if it is only a football game. While each team wants to win they also want bragging rights and to say to the nation that they came out on top. This is what the branches do as a whole they want to prove to the nation that they are the best. While each branch has unique capabilities, they are all competing for funding and missions. This competition is what drives each to be the best at what they do. While the game is a major competition it has become more. It is a morale booster for the Army and the Navy. It binds each of the services together and gives them something to look forward to. 


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