COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force Academy freshmen started their "recognition" training event Friday.
Recognition stands for the training that all four classes of cadets go through. The training is aimed to test physical and mental abilities.
Successfully completing training shows the freshmen military class have met the requirements and are ready to complete military life.
"It's a gut check essentially," said Sergeant Master William Duvall. "Can you get through it?"
Duvall remembers training as a bitter-sweet experience.
"It is a college, you go to class, do your homework, do push-ups in the afternoon," he said. "So it can get into kind of a grind. But these kind of events really bring back a sense of pride for what we do."
Upper class members said the job really pushes the trainers too.