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'Plebes' Begin their 1st Day at the Naval Academy

  • Prospective plebe Zachary Piedt of Fort Mill, S.C., has his head shaved by barber Leroy Evans during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Prospective plebe Zachary Piedt of Fort Mill, S.C., has his head shaved by barber Leroy Evans during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Prospective plebes march in formation during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Annapolis, Md.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Prospective plebes march in formation during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • A U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant orders a prospective plebe to fix his uniform during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Annapolis, Md.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    A U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant orders a prospective plebe to fix his uniform during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — More than 1,100 young men and women have arrived at the U.S. Naval Academy to begin a rigorous path toward careers as Navy officers.

After saying goodbye to their families on Wednesday, a whirlwind awaited the plebes: haircuts, uniforms, medical exams and instructions on how to salute and address superiors, all before taking an oath of office.

Now members of the academy's newest class, the so-called plebes will spend their summer assimilating into life as a midshipman. With that will come daily studies, early morning physical conditioning, no access to television or the Internet, and only three phone calls allowed during their seven weeks of training.

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