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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Induction day at the Naval Academy

Yelling at the plebes

ANNAPOLIS, Md.--Thursday was I-Day, or Induction Day, at the U.S. Naval Academy here. That meant that more than 1,200 newbies showed up at the august school to begin their officer training. It also meant the beginning of four years of discipline and being yelled at when doing things wrong.

CNET Road Trip 2010 stopped in on I-Day to see how the Naval Academy's version compared to that of the U.S. Air Force Academy. And while there's yelling at both schools--as seen here--the Air Force Academy might have just a little bit more energy in the way they break in the newcomers.

Good-bye bags

Each of the new plebes brought a suitcase or a big backpack. But they won't see those bags again until the end of summer. Instead, they have a bag full of new clothes and shoes, and that's it for now.

Lining up

A group of new plebes lines up prior to beginning their Naval Academy careers.


One of the first stops on I-Day is to get their heads shaved. Here, a plebe candidate is seen before going under the clippers.


The barber has begun to work his magic.

Already got war wounds

This plebe required three tries to draw blood from the medical corpsman who tends each newcomer. That fact left several senior members laughing riotously.

Reef Points

Each plebe candidate is given a copy of the Reef Points, a small blue book with the rules, regulations, and mores of the Navy and the Naval Academy. They are required to memorize the book as quickly as possible.

Getting a white sack

Each plebe picks up one of these white sacks in order to stuff all their new clothes, shoes, and sandals into.

Fitting for cover

They are also given a new hat, known as the "cover." Here, a plebe is fitted for her cover, to make sure it fits properly.


The plebes are supposed to study the Reef Points whenever they can and are told to hold the small books in a very specific manner, as seen here.

Demonstrating a salute

Another important lesson is in how to salute the right way. Here, two members of the cadre demonstrate the proper method.

Learning to salute

After the demonstration, the plebes try saluting and are yelled at if they get it wrong.

Oath of office

The plebe candidates and their cadre leadership prepare for the oath of office.

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