The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) will induct its class of 2016 Thursday, and approximately 1,190 young men and women will take their oath of office.
This year's Induction class should feel extra special because due to a recording breaking number of applications, less than 6 percent of the 20,500 who applied were accepted.
Those who made the cut will start their "I-Day" at USNA’s Alumni Hall where the incoming "plebes" (freshman) will receive uniforms, be given medical examinations, complete registration, receive haircuts and be taught to salute.
"They walk in as civilians, but they leave the building as plebes dressed in their uniforms with their hair cut," USNA spokesperson Jenny Erickson said.
At 6 p.m. the plebes will take their oath of office at Tecumseh Court, the historic courtyard of Bancroft Hall.
Then, it's time to say goodbye to family and friends.
Plebe Summer training will start immediately to prepare the class of 2016 for challenges of being a midshipman and for life at the academy.
It's a rigorous six-week program designed to turn civilians into midshipmen, according to the release.
Their days will start at dawn with a workout. There is not television or music, and the new recruits are allowed minimal leisure time.
The release states, "Through the course of often frantic-paced days, they learn basic military skills, the Honor Concept of the Brigade of Midshipmen, character development, time management skills, seamanship, navigation, and boat handling."
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