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.