Over 50 United States astronauts have graduated from the United States Naval Academy, more than from any other undergraduate institution. The Naval Academy is an undergraduate college in Annapolis, Maryland with the mission of educating and commissioning officers for the United States Navy and Marine Corps; the Academy is referred to as Annapolis. Sports media refer to the Academy as "Navy" and the students as "Midshipmen". During the latter half of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th, the United States Naval Academy was the primary source of U. S. Navy and Marine Corps officers, with the Class of 1881 being the first to provide officers to the Marine Corps. Graduates of the Academy are given the option of entering the United States Army or United States Air Force. Most Midshipmen are admitted through the congressional appointment system; the curriculum emphasizes various fields of engineering. Annapolis graduates who enter aviation and space-related fields have the opportunity to be selected for astronaut training by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
This list is drawn from graduates of the Naval Academy. The Academy was founded in 1845 and graduated its first class in 1846; the first alumnus to fly as an astronaut was Alan Shepard, class of 1945. As of June 2017, the most recent alumni to complete astronaut training was Nicole Mann, class of 1999. Kayla Barron, class of 2010 was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 2017, but has not yet completed her training. Two alumni were part of Project Mercury, three part of Project Gemini, seven part of the Apollo program, three have walked on the moon, one was part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, forty-two were part of the Space Shuttle program. In addition to the 52 astronauts who are alumni of the Academy, over 990 noted scholars from a variety of academic fields are Academy graduates, including 45 Rhodes Scholars and 16 Marshall Scholars. Additional notable graduates include 1 President of the United States, 2 Nobel Prize recipients, 73 Medal of Honor recipients. "Class year" refers to the alumni's class year, the same year they graduated.
However, in times of war, classes graduate early. For example, the Class of 1943 graduated in 1942. General^ a: "Astronauts". United States Naval Academy. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-08.^ b: "Notable Graduates". United States Naval Academy. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-08.^ c: "United States Ambassadors". United States Naval Academy. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-12. Inline citations
The Maurician medal is an honorary degree granted to a soldier, after 50 years of service in the Italian army. This medal was established by Carlo Alberto di Savoia, on 19 July 1839 on decree of the Regie Magistrali Patenti, with the name of "Maurician Medal to the Military Merit of Ten Lustrums", it became official with royal decree of 21 December 1924. The "Maurician Medal to the Military Merit of Ten Lustrums" would be replaced, by the law n. 203 of 7 May 1954, with the "Maurician Medal to the merit of ten lustrums of military career". The people who can receive this medal are the officers and non-commissioned officers belonging to the Carabinieri armed forces, the Italian Navy, the Italian Army, the Italian Air Force, the custom officers of Italy, the Italian Police forces. General officers and flag officers receive a medal with a diameter of 52 millimeters, while other recipients receive a medal with a diameter of 32 millimeters. In any other case, this medal is granted on decree of the president of the Italian Republic, on suggestion of the minister of defense, to any component of the Italian armed forces, together with the minister of interior and the minister of finance.
2*The Maurician medal is granted on decree of the President of the Italian Republic, after 50 years of military career. Giovanni Santi-Mazzini, Militaria - Storia delle potenze europee da Carlo Magno al 1914, Mondadori, 2005, ISBN 88-370-3324-9 Normative Sources Medaglia Mauriziana al merito di dieci lustri di carriera militare