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.

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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.

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Lining up

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

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Haircut

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.

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Shorn

The barber has begun to work his magic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New socks

The new plebes get new socks and shoes, and here, we see two of them wearing the new socks.

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Shoe boxes

After picking up two new pairs of shoes, the plebes must stuff the boxes they came in into their white sacks, along with everything else they've been given on I-Day.

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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.

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Putting on the cover

The plebes are told the covers go on in a very specific way and with exactly two fingers' worth of room between their eyebrows and the brim. Here, a plebe tries to place the cover properly on his head.

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Plebing the covers

Plebes no longer "hold their hats." They "plebe their covers," as seen here, with all five fingers spread out inside the brim.

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Wearing canteens

Each plebe gets a canteen, which is hung off the back of their new uniforms.

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Memorize the Reef Points

Memorizing the Reef Points is a very important task, particularly the pages spelled out here.

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Studying

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.

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Reef Points in pockets

The plebes are yelled at to put their Reef Points away as fast as possible, but many struggled to do so quickly.

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Demonstrating a salute

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

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Learning to salute

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

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Get a move on!

If they move too slow, or do something wrong, the plebes are yelled at.

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Off to the buses.

After learning the basics of saluting, it's off to the buses, which will take the new plebes to their dormitory.

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Filing in

Later in the day, the nearly 1,300 new plebe candidates emerge from the Naval Academy dormitory and file into their seats to take their oath of office.

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Fly-over

The oath of office ceremony is taken seriously and merits a fly-over by two F/A-18Es.

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Oath of office

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

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