More than 1,200 men and women reported to the United States Naval Academy as the Class of 2018 started their summer of indoctrination. The incoming plebes (freshman) go through the induction process where they have their hair trimmed, uniforms issued, medical exams and begin to learn the basics of being in the Navy. The last step is when the young men and women take part in the Oath of Office ceremony at the end of the day.
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Commissioning day at the United States Naval Academy is steeped in history and tradition. The class of 2014 paraded into the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and a few hours later 1,068 Navy and Marine Corps officers were commissioned into the armed services. Around 30,000 family members and friends attended as their young men and women receive their diplomas and they rejoiced in the own unique ways.
Under a relentless barrage of commands, most of them bellowed, some 1,200 members of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2017 ran the gauntlet of Induction Day. It is the start of plebe summer — seven weeks of training that bear no relation to any customary notion of summer.
The United States Naval Academy is an institution rich in history and traditions. One of the lesser known is its storied background in boxing. Superintendent Admiral David Porter started the sport at the academy in 1865. The sport was initially treated as a casual recreation in the beginning.