From the Midshipman story in Pep Comics #9, we see how new recruits at the Naval Academy were made to handle the stress and horrors of war:
Yes, it's a tough rite of passage, but unlike hazing, it's designed to develop mental toughness.
Yes, it may seem cruel, but it prepares the plebe for the horrors of combat, lest he find himself erroneously called "Midshipman Gish."
The stage is set.
And now, the plebe discovers what he's made of...
Oh, do shut up. Google "tailhook scandal" or "dog handler navy hazing scandal" and get back to me.
Yeah! GROW a pair, Midshipman Gish!
See you Monday!