Coast Guard Academy Class of 2014 reports in

The United States Coast Guard Academy Class of 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Tamargo)

The United States Coast Guard Academy Class of 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Tamargo)

Welcome aboard Coast Guard Academy Class of 2014!

Two swabs say goodbye to locks of hair and hello to life as a Coast Guardsman. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Two swabs say goodbye to locks of hair and hello to life as a Coast Guardsman. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Earlier today, 290 young men and women reported to the United States Coast Guard Academy to begin their military training with the goal of donning the shoulder boards of a Coast Guard Ensign in 2014.

Reporting-In Day is rife with tradition. The first day of the seven-week training program known as Swab Summer includes a military haircut, issuing of uniforms, drill practice, and A LOT of yelling from second class cadets (the CGA equivalent of a college junior). The second class cadets’ responsibility is to transform these young civilians into military men and women by summer’s end.

Swabs form up on the parade field as they wait to swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution as members of the United States Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Tamargo)

Swabs form up on the parade field as they wait to swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution as members of the United States Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Tamargo)

The afternoon ended with the new class of cadets marching onto the Academy’s parade field and being sworn in as members of the United States Coast Guard before gathered family and friends. Then it was time to say goodbye to loved ones and embark on one of the greatest adventures a young patriot could hope for. Those who make it through Swab Summer will be welcomed into the corps of cadets as fourth class when the academic year begins in late August.

Nearly 4,600 students applied to be part of the Class of 2014. Only 385 of those were offered appointments to the Academy and 290 accepted those appointments and reported in this morning. The four-year experience which is Coast Guard Academy life is designed to strike a balance between the military training and college-level academics required to develop the knowledge base and leadership skills necessary for a Coast Guard officer to lead their juniors in support of the service’s missions.

Best of luck swabs! We’ll be pulling for you.

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11 Responses

  1. BMCS Jack Crowley USCG Retired says:

    I hope that these young men and woman just made the best decision of there life.
    “SEMPER PARATUS” to all of you and Good luck, I will hold the “BRAVO ZULU” until you Graduate

  2. rui manuel correia martins says:

    desejo boa sorte aos futuros guardaS costeiros

  3. Christopher Lagan says:

    For those who don’t speak Portuguese, the comment above more or less translates to: “I wish good luck to future Coast Guard.”

    Respectfully,
    Christopher Lagan
    United States Coast Guard
    Public Affairs

  4. Kirsten Johnston says:

    Cadets, with respect and gratitude I wish you all the best. God bless you, and God Bless America!

  5. Alo Konsen says:

    Wow. Twenty years ago, that was us in the Class of ’94. Lookin’ forward to shouts of “2012!” answered by “2014, SIR!”

  6. Diana Garcia says:

    Cadet, with so much respect for the cadet, I wish you all the best of luck, Is a great privilege just to be there, make it the best experience of your lifetime.God bless you all.

  7. OSC Chip Melleby says:

    I recently had the pleasure of the training the Cadre to the 2014 class at the week 100 event in New London. This was my third year doing so and found it to be a rich and rewarding week. I’m confident the mentors we developed that week will greatly aide this 2014 class.
    Semper Paratus! Foxtrot!!

  8. Dave Thoms- SN USCG says:

    My 1lt has a little sister 4/c cadet Grim, I wish you the best of luck!

  9. Elvira Conty says:

    Best of luck to the Cadet Nickolas Palacios!, we miss you here in P.R. 🙂

  10. Mary Jane Hall says:

    These 18-year olds are the best of the best, and that they have chosen to serve our country instead of accepting at any of the fine universities that they obviously were qualified to attend, speaks volumes for them. God Bless our swabs, and the Coast Guard is obviously going to be in good hands!

  11. Catherine McPhilamy says:

    What an honor for us to congratulate our nephew, BRAD PIENTA, on this huge accomplihment of earning his shoulder boards!
    Way to go, buddy.
    Love you & proud of you!
    Uncle Joe & Aunt Cathy