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Montoursville graduate Cael Crebs heading to Naval Academy

Cael Crebs, at right, is shown upon his graduation from Montoursville high school. Crebs will attend the Naval Academy as a member of the Class of 2025.

Cael Crebs, a graduate of Montoursville Area High School, has been inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2025 and is beginning six weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer.

The Academy received over 16,000 applications from prospective students.

Although there is not a family tradition of serving in the military, Tara Crebs, Cael’s mother, said that her son has always expressed a desire to be a Navy SEAL.

His mother noted that Cael plans to do a four-year stint at the Naval Academy and then his five years of service, which she said at this point he is thinking about serving as a Marine.

Cael had been nominated by Congressman Fred Keller as part of the nomination process for the Academy. He had also been recruited by Gary Kolat, the head wrestling coach at the Naval Academy, Tara Crebs said.

Because of COVID as well as the fact that the Academy had switched some of their technology, Tara Crebs said that this year was “weird” as far as communications they received.

She said that she and her son have been working on about 250 pages of paperwork that needed to be filled out prior to his leaving for the Plebe Summer.

“Just today, we got his official letter of acceptance in the mail,” she shared, speaking the day before he was set to leave.

Each year, approximately 1,200 candidates are select for the freshman or “plebe” class at the Academy. Each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer, during which they will have no access to television, movies, internet or music and will have restricted access to cell phones, according to information from the Academy.

The new midshipmen assimilate basic skills in seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn infantry drill and how to shoot 9-mm pistols and M-16 rifles.

Other daily training sessions involve moral, mental, physical or professional development and team-building skills. Activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence course designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills. Forty hours are devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and five formal parades, a release from the Academy stated.

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