Plebe Summer

Spending several days at the United States Naval Academy is a treat any time of the year. There is so much history, architecture, and more! I prefer the hot summer days mainly because this coincides with Plebe Summer–the six weeks new midshipmen endure their initial training at the Academy.

I was privileged to see a lineup before lunch on Monday and the Brigade marching on Monday evening. The photographs here that I captured during the marching maneuvers show some of the facial expressions, which show some of the wear and tear of Plebe Summer. There are a few light-hearted expressions, too, which goes to show that at least some fun is sometimes had even in the midst of a grueling hot summer evening for the Plebes.

These young men and women are going facing tough times this summer and over the next four years. All of it, however, is designed to prepare them for their commission upon graduation. I am so proud of these men and women. Their willingness to endure tough times, better themselves, and work as a team in protecting the freedoms our country stands for are just some of the reasons I respect them. It truly takes a special breed of person to be so willing to endure so much. We all could learn a lot from their dedication, commitment, and courage!

Look through these photographs. Study the facial expressions. Imagine the tough conditions these young men and women are enduring. Think about their commitment, dedication, and courage. What do you see in these photographs?


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0 Responses to Plebe Summer

  1. Jackie says:

    I too admire and respect these young people. I am happy to see many young women in the US Naval Academy. I really enjoyed this slideshow, Bob. The expressions on the faces of these remarkable young adults is priceless. You are so right – it truly does take a special breed of person to commit so much of themselves for our freedom! Thank you for sharing the slideshow.


  2. bobshank says:

    Thanks for your comment and your kind words about this slideshow, Jackie. I had a lot of fun putting it together and more fun taking the actual photographs! These young men and women are truly amazing!

  3. Aunt Cindy says:

    My nephew does an awesome job taking pictures! We love you very much. Keep up the good work, Uncle Woody & Aunt Cindy

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