More than half of the faculty at the U.S. Naval Academy are civilian government employees and would go on furlough in the event of a shutdown, an official said Friday.

Fifty-five to 60 percent of academy faculty are civilians, said spokesman Cmdr. Joe Carpenter, and effectively on furlough when classes resume Monday if the shutdown proceeds.

Military faculty are standing by to fill in most — but not all — of the teaching posts.

“There are some classes where there’s just not a member of the military faculty who’s qualified to teach them,” Carpenter said. Foreign languages might be one example.

In those cases, midshipmen will be assigned independent self-study.

The Annapolis academy itself would remain open and its security gates staffed, Carpenter said. The museum and gift shop would be shuttered

Midshipmen would still get fed, but varsity and club athletics would be suspended.

All this amounts to a significant exception to the general rule: most of the nation’s colleges will be largely unaffected by a Washington shutdown.

UDC — a school in a category unto itself — is another example.

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