Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Plebe Summer For The Class Of 2017

Come this Thursday 1,200 men and women will start Plebe Summer as the Class of 2017 enters the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  For the next six weeks they get no television, music, or internet.  They cannot leave campus and are only allowed three phone calls.  After being sworn in Thursday night they will not see their parents again until Plebe Parent’s weekend – August 8 to 11th. 

Among the Plebes from Delaware are;
Adrian Chinnery – Naval Academy Preparatory School (previously attended John Dickinson High School)
Jack Partlow – Caravel Academy
Jarred Reid-Dixon – Naval Academy Preparatory School (previously attended Caesar Rodney High School)
Jessica Ringer – Caesar Rodney High School
Haley Wahrhaftig – Appoquinimink High School

Referred to as I Day for Induction day, on Thursday the Plebes have their haircut, uniforms issued, medical examinations, and learn some naval ways.  If they wear glasses they also give them up for military issue glasses.  Last year those glasses were given a trendier design replacing the old ones that were so unflattering they were called birth control glasses. The Plebes (being potential officers, pay for the uniforms and other costs.)  The costs come to about $9,000 and are usually handled thru an interest free loan called an ACE Loan.  During Plebe Summer every Plebe will receive $50.00 at the end of July and the end of August, and starting in September it goes up to $100 per month – that is all that is left over after deductions for the ACE Loan from the $850 per month they receive in pay.

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