Held the week before Thanksgiving, Service Assignment is when Naval Academy seniors find out what their job in the Navy or Marine Corps will be after graduation. The result of a mysterious amalgam of grades, peer rankings, physical fitness grades and interviews, each student is selected by their new community, taking into account the student's preferences. Each of the 30 companies does their notification differently. 3rd company, pictured, places a slip of paper with the assignments in a balloon with the student's name on it. One by one, alphabetically, each student selects their balloon and pops it before reading aloud their fate. Waiting outside are the underclassmen, eager to hear the news of their companymates. But there is another tradition. Marine selects have their heads shaved by the underclass, a preparation for the tight haircuts that will become their new norm in the Marine Corps. For those students selected for Special Warfare (SEALs) both the hair and eyebrows go.
Only the children know what they are looking for. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
You don’t need scores of suitors. You need only one… if he’s the right one. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Let us be elegant or die! Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world. L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. “Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee — and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. “Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail …” “Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past. “And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. “Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength. “Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper, ‘I have not lived in vain.'” -Douglas MacArthur