It was a school like no other. Since 1822, the Naval Instruction Center, in the French port city of Brest, has trained cadets of the French Navy. Every year, 240 young people between the ages of 16 and 18 participate in the famous “Mousses School”. They boarded the ship for 10 months, took theory classes, and learned about military life: teamwork, discipline, and what it means to commit. But naval life isn’t for everyone, so as a taster, the first sea voyage is a pivotal moment. During the ten months of training, the apprentice sailors had to undergo a number of harsh tests, nothing more than tough field exercises. We take a closer look.