Recruits face tests of endurance at the US Naval Academy, May 14

14 May 2014

For 14 hours, the US Naval Academy freshman class, also known as 'Plebes', work as a team to complete grueling physical and mental challenges that help prepare them for real-world experiences and reinforce leadership, bonds, trust, and teamwork. The recruits in Annapolis, Maryland engage in a two-mile regimental run, ground fights, aquatic challenges and survival tests. In this gallery, an AFP photographer provides readers with a glimpse of the sweat of tears shed during the recruits' test of endurance.