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PLEBE (pleeb)

A first year student at a military academy

Common clues: Academy frosh; Annapolis rookie; New West Pointer; West Point freshman; First-year cadet; Military school newbie

Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year

Video: My plebe year was worse than Abu Gharaib”

Unlike virtually all other bachelor-degree granting institutions in the U.S. (but like the other military academies), the West Point does not refer to its students as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors; they are instead officially called "fourth class," "third class," "second class," and "first class."

Colloquially, freshmen are "plebes"; sophomores, "yearlings" or "yuks"; juniors, "cows"; seniors, "firsties." Most cadets consider plebe year to be the most difficult because of the transition from civilian to cadet. However, the third class year, or "yuk" year is generally considered to be the hardest academically.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "United States Military Academy”.