All midshipmen begin the four-year Naval Academy program with Plebe Summer, a period designed to turn civilians into midshipmen. Plebe Summer is no gentle easing into the military routine. Soon after entering the gate on Induction Day, young men and women are put into uniform and taught how to salute by the first class midshipmen who lead the plebe indoctrination program.
Purpose of Plebe Summer: The purpose of Plebe Summer is to lay the foundation of the Academy’s four-year professional development curriculum. At the conclusion of summer training, each Plebe class shall:
- Be indoctrinated in the traditions of the Naval Service and the Naval Academy;
- Understand basic military skills and the meaning behind them;
- Appreciate the high standards and obligations inherent in service as a Midshipmen and Naval Officer;
- Be dedicated to excellence in a competitive atmosphere that fosters leadership, teamwork, character, and a passion for “winning;”
- Appreciate the importance of mental, moral, and physical toughness in all aspects of duty and service; and
- Be prepared to execute the rigorous academic year routine.
Plebe Summer Officer Leadership
- Superintendent: VADM Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., USN
- Commandant of Midshipmen: Col Stephen Liszewski, USMC
- Plebe Summer Officer-In-Charge: LtCol Rafford Coleman, USMC
Mission of the United States Naval Academy
The mission of the United States Naval Academy is to develop Midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically and imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of Naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.