Tyler Sweatt takes on the rigors of Naval Academy’s Plebe Summer

Newton /
| 06 Jul 2021 | 06:17

Newton. Tyler Sweatt, a graduate of Kittatinny Regional High School, was inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2025 on June 30, and will begin six challenging weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer.

Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy’s “plebe” or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. During this time, plebes have no access to television, movies, the internet or music, and restricted access to cell phones. They are only permitted to make three calls.

The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is designed to prepare plebes for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenge that awaits them. As the summer progresses, the new midshipmen rapidly assimilate basic skills in seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing, and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn infantry drill and how to shoot 9 mm pistols and M-16 rifles.

Other daily training sessions involve moral, mental, physical or professional development and team-building skills. Activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills. Forty hours are devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and five formal parades.

Last year the Naval Academy received over 16,000 applications for the Class of 2025.