As a precaution, it is encouraged that visitors and guests carry an additional form of identification and that the best bet is always an original UNEXPIRED PASSPORT.
The USNA Gift Shop , inside the Visitor Center, provides visitors with an official United States Naval Academy shopping experience. The Gift Shop can be found online at . All proceeds from the sale of tours and merchandise benefit Brigade of Midshipmen Visitor Center is the first stop on a visit to the undergraduate college of the . Navy and . Marine Corps. Information specialists welcome visitors to view the 13-minute film, The Call to Serve, and to take a guided walking tour with a professional, certified guide.
The United States Navy was stressed by the situation as 24% of its officers resigned and joined the Confederate States Navy , including 95 graduates and 59 midshipmen,  as well as many key leaders involved with the founding and establishment of USNA. The first superintendent, Admiral Franklin Buchanan , joined the Confederate States Navy as its first and primary admiral. Captain Sidney Smith Lee, the second commandant of midshipmen,  and older brother of Robert E. Lee, left Federal service in 1861 for the Confederate States Navy. Lieutenant William Harwar Parker , CSN, class of 1848, and instructor at USNA, joined the Virginia State Navy , and then went on to become the superintendent of the Confederate States Naval Academy. Lieutenant Charles "Savez" Read may have been "anchor man" (graduated last) in the class of 1860, but his later service to the Confederate States Navy included defending New Orleans, service on CSS Arkansas and CSS Florida , and command of a series of captured Union ships that culminated in seizing the US Revenue Cutter Caleb Cushing in Portland, Maine. Lieutenant James Iredell Waddell , CSN, a former instructor at the US Naval Academy, commanded the CSS Shenandoah . The first superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory , advocate  of the creation of the United States Naval Academy, after whom Maury Hall is named, similarly served in the Confederate States Navy .
The Naval Academy Athletic Association operates and maintains the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and the Naval Academy Golf Course and coordinates the use of such other athletic facilities as Halsey Field House for basketball; Lejeune Hall for swimming, water polo and wrestling; Macdonough Hall for gymnastics, and volleyball; Bishop Stadium for baseball; Ingram Field for track and field; Glenn Warner Soccer Facility for men's and women's soccer and lacrosse; Wesley Brown Field House for track; Rip Miller Field, a synthetic-surfaced field for all-weather practice and athletic contests and Alumni Hall for men's and women's basketball games.