...don't underestimate the power of the big brass ring outside the Navy. USNA's reputation may or may not be well-earned, but I'm startled how many doors being from there has opened.
Hell, I was in Portsmouth Naval Hospital picking up PSW's prescription and while waiting struck up a conversation with the dude sitting next to me who owns his own marketing company. After a whopping 30 minute discussion, he was interested in swapping contact info to talk to me about a job in his company. Why? Because I had a good personality and graduated from the Academy. HIS WORDS. And he didn't even go there!!!