On Induction Day, a Plebe says good-bye to her little sister

"It was such a lovely scene. They were all saying good-bye to their families and friends. In five minutes, though, they were about to be welcomed to the military in a way they could have never imagined."

On the first day, Zach Guerra meets company commander Paul Allgeier

"This was the first day, right after they had said good-bye to their parents. They had been hugging their parents, and their parents had been telling them how proud they were of them. Then they walk into Bancroft Hall and are met by someone who's yelling at them for just being there. They're thinking, 'What the hell am I doing here."
- Pete Souza