BATTLE TO THE TOP

PHOTOS: Annual Tradition Of Oiled-Up Navy Cadets Climbing Giant Phallus Goes Off Without A Hitch

What better way to mark the culmination of a year of intensive training than by scurrying to the top of a 21-foot-tall oil-slicked obelisk with your nearly-naked peers?

For the roughly 1,000 freshman at the U.S. Naval Academy, wrapping up the year by climbing the Herdon Monument is a rite of passage.

Some traditions should never be broken.

Take a look:

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h/t: Accidental Bear