Photo Essay Saturday Night Lights

Each year, the Cadets of the United States Military Academy and Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy march onto an athletic field as competitors for the annual Army-Navy Game. It’s a contest steeped in pageantry and tradition, but it's also an opportunity for the elite students to showcase the strength and concentration that are key to the making of the country's newest military officers. As a decade and a half of war winds down, veterans' issues have often dominated the public conversation about war and the military. But these photos are of a new generation of warriors, still far enough removed from the next conflict to spend a Saturday night on the football field.