Sunday, June 17, 2007

Naval Plebe Summer - whew!! Ice water anyone?

Summer is definitely my weather. Time out at the beach, strolling at the park, hiking at the trails or even biking. But nothing else is better than sweating it out, getting fit and showing off your bod that you worked very hard for. Or maybe, the is something better... YES there IS!
It's the Plebe Summer at the U.S. Naval Academy - - whew! Please, someone give me a towel. Enjoy!!!

According to Wikipedia...

Plebe Summer begins at the end of June or the beginning of July, and is called Induction Day, known around the yard as "I-Day". On Induction Day, all the Plebes show up to Alumni Hall at the Academy, time staggered by their last names, and say their final good byes to their parents. Upon entering Alumni Hall they are greeted by the upper-class trainers, known as Cadre, who immediately begin the military indoctrination process by requiring the Plebes to address them with Sir or Ma'am 'sandwiches.' (i.e. Sir, yes, sir) Each Plebe is assigned an "Alpha Number" which is their identifying serial number that they will use for the rest of their Academy career.

The Plebes line up throughout Alumni Hall to receive their myriad of standard issue gear which includes several uniforms, combat boots, running sneakers and a copy of Reef Points (the book which the Plebes will become very familiar with over the course of the summer). All the male Plebes have their hair shaved off by Navy barbers and the females have their hair cut to a length which is considered up to military specifications (also known as being "Sat")[2]. The Plebes are next put through a series of medical examinations and vaccinations until they arrive at the back door of Alumni Hall where they are taught the proper technique for saluting. During this time, the parents of the Plebes are given a glimpse of the summer that their son or daughters will be going through in the form of a presentation by an administrator of the Academy.

After the Plebes are done at Alumni Hall they are put onto buses and brought to Bancroft Hall, which is the massive dorm style barracks which will remain their home for the next four years. The Plebes are divided into 15 different companies, Alpha through Papa (there is no Juliet or "J" company in the U.S. Military as the letter "J" appears to be an "I" when written by hand in script)[3]. The companies are not changed for the entire summer and will compete against each other for performance points. Each Company is divided into two platoons of approximately 40 plebes each. Each platoon is divided into 4 squads of approximately 10 plebes. The final public portion of Induction Day is the "Oath of Office" Ceremony which occurs at 1800 hours. During this ceremony the entire class of Plebes is sworn into the Navy (as active duty midshipmen) by the Commandant of Midshipmen.

After this ceremony the Plebes are introduced to their trainers for the summer, referred to as Cadre, and their summer begins with a night of being yelled at and running around the decks of Bancroft Hall.
























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