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.
Here is a selection of images showing the plebes on their first day.