Midshipmen walked in the room smiling, but anxious.
Cheers came from the hallway because this day — after Plebe Summer, after three years, after the rigors of electrical engineering class at the Naval Academy — they'd learn the direction of their Navy careers.
It was a Thursday, after lunch, that meant everything.
"This is huge. For midshipmen dreaming of being a pilot when they were a little kid, this is when they find out," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jovan Gates, leader of 19th Company.
Midshipman Kahra Kelty of Odenton did not have childhood dreams of becoming a pilot.
Her preference: to be a surface warfare engineering duty...