ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The class of 2021 arrived at the U.S. Naval Academy for Induction Day.

It’s a long day for the plebes. The entire process takes about 12 hours, and only then are they officially part of the academy.They come from all over the world.

“Nashville, Tennessee.”

“Snohomish, Washington – north of Seattle.”

“I’m from London, England.”

About 1,200 incoming students in attendance.

“I really wanted to challenge myself and really wanted to go to a school where they push you morally, mentally, and physically,” said Natalie Schieuer.

With military precision, they rotate from one station to the next, making the transition from civilians to plebes, the U.S. Naval Academy’s word for freshmen.

Sacrificing their individuality with mandatory haircuts.

“That’s why I haven’t cut it yet, because I know I’m about to get a free haircut,” said Peter Faber. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Newly minted midshipman are on hand, to teach the proper way to salute.

“They’re at the United States Naval Academy, and it’s time to go to work,” said  Lt. Col. Ray Coleman.

They have to go through medical examinations, and all candidates need a clean bill of health before they’re good to go.

Outside Alumni Hall, anxious parents wait in anticipation.

“We’re very proud of her and very excited for her, and a little nervous too,” said parent Kevin Schieuer.

With the new uniform, comes a sense of purpose.

“I really have a strong desire to serve my country and get a good education,” Jordan Berrios said.

So if they survive this, the plebes have six weeks of rigorous training during plebe summer.

The plebes finish their fist day in the academy by taking the oath of office.

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