US Army-Navy football game to take place today

Army file photo from the Dec. 10, 2016 Army-Navy Football game. (Photo by John Pellino, courtesy of the Army News Service)

By U.S. Military Academy at West Point

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Dec. 9, 2017) – The Army and Navy face off on the gridiron Saturday, Dec. 9, in a rivalry that has lasted more than 125 years.

The Army-Navy Game is a football game played between the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Virginia.

This began when Cadet Dennis Mahan Michie accepted a challenge by a group of midshipmen to a pickup football game between Navy and the newly formed West Point team. The two teams met for the first time at West Point on November 29, 1890. The game has come to embody the spirit of the inter-service sports rivalry of the United States Armed Forces.

This year marks the 118th Army-Navy game. The game scripts the end of the college football regular season and the third and final game of the season’s Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series.

Competitive sport is an important part of developing leaders at West Point. It prepares cadets for the challenges they face as officers. Experiences on the field help cadet-athletes to perform admirably in austere environments around the globe. These experiences instill tenacity, resilience, discipline, mental and physical toughness, and the desire to excel.

The Army’s greatest asset is its people. USMA graduates will lead the Army’s future formations. The Army will continue to instill strong foundations of value-based leadership skills and professional competence in cadets. This foundation will apply with equal effectiveness across a broad spectrum of complex operations. The event’s goals are to:
Attract, retain and sustain quality leaders
Broaden understanding and advocacy by gaining and maintaining well-informed publics
Build camaraderie within the services in support of the Army team — America’s team

The Army-Navy game is recognized as the greatest rivalry in sports. Despite this rivalry, both teams fight as a joint force for the nation.

This game connects the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Army with the American people to help bridge the civil-military gap through sports. As a preeminent military institution, the academy focuses on the leader and character development objectives:
Live honorably
Internalize the values of Duty, Honor, Country
Build a culture of excellence and winning
Recognize and leverage the power of diverse teams
Inculcate the values of the Army

The game starts at 3 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday Dec. 9. To learn more about the Army-Navy Game, visit

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