The Sexes: Beauties and the Beast

Every summer West Point runs its fresh-faced plebes through a grueling eight-week training program known as Beast Barracks. This year there were some beauties in the Beast: 119 women, the first in the academy's 174-year history, joined 1,480 male plebes in the Long Gray Line.

Last Wednesday, the first day of the Beast, the rookie cadettes marched, did pull-ups (highest female score: seven; highest male score: 23) and had their tresses shortened to collar length by barbers trained at a local beauty salon. On a printed form not yet completely desexed, all plebes were...

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