Plebe year is the first step in becoming a member of the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. This initial year is tough by design, intended to change young men and women from high school seniors, college students, and prior enlisted sailors and Marines into midshipmen. In addition to the rigors of academia and physical standards, plebes perform a multitude of extra tasks that help them gain skills that will assist them not only in their Academy careers, but in their future military and civilian careers, as well. Plebe year is a challenge for everyone, but it is not the same for every individual. Midshipmen come from diverse regions and cultures, thus the experience can differ greatly from person to person.
Special - Plebe Year at USNA vs. 4/C Year at NROTC
Midshipman Third Class Joshua Womack, U.S. Naval Academy