Before a boy can be considered a man he must strip down to his shorts and climb on top of other boys to reach the peak of a slippery tower. That’s been the tradition at the Annapolis Naval Academy. Who knew teamwork and discipline could be so… gay?

Each year, the freshman class at the prestigious navy school comes together to climb the Herndon (hard on?) Monument covered in lard just for the special occasion. The goal is to use pure bodily strength and replace a sailor hat on top with that of an officer’s.

After the task is completed, the boys get hosed down for some celebratory waterworks.

Photos: BuzzFeed, The Washington Post

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