The Class of 2022 participates in Day One, the start of Swab Summer and the beginning of their 200-week journey to becoming an officer, July 2, 2018. Swab Summer is an intensive seven-week program, that prepares students for military and Academy life. Cadre, second class cadets in-charge of the swabs training, will lead swabs through a series of challenging tasks, events and evolutions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Day One

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy renewed a longstanding tradition last week as 279 U.S. cadets and 11 international cadets took part in Day One. Class of 2022 features the largest and most diverse group of international students.


Day One: New Coast Guard Academy cadets begin 200-week journey

The Class of 2021 started Day One, the beginning of Swab Summer and the beginning of their 200-week journey to becoming an officer, June 26, 2017. Swab Summer is an intensive seven-week program, that prepares students for military and Academy life. Cadre, second class cadets in-charge of the swabs training, will lead swabs through a series of challenging tasks, events and evolutions.


Return to the Eagle: A homecoming 40 years in the making

Thanks to an opportunity from the Academy’s Alumni Association, Christian and his classmate Jim Mongold set sail aboard the Coast Guard Eagle once again, sailing from London to Madeira, Portugal during this summer’s training cruise. The former cadets hadn’t been on the Eagle for 40 years.


Reporting In Day 2016: A New Beginning

June 27, 2016, was a day of beginnings for the 312 new cadets, known as swabs, at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It was Reporting-in Day (R-Day), the start of Swab Summer and the first year of training at the Academy. The swabs were about to embark on a 200-week journey overseeing a transformation from civilians to future leaders of the Coast Guard and our country.


First-year cadet Sydney Johnson of Suffolk, Va., is seen at the Coast Guard Academy, Aug. 25, 2015. Johnson was recognized for excellence during “Swab Summer,” the seven-week indoctrination period for incoming first-year cadets. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa A. Ferdinando.

Future Leaders: Sydney Johnson

Demonstrating exceptional qualities as a swab, one Coast Guard Academy cadet was chosen as the top-performer who most embodied the training values taught to him since reporting-in day.


Sea Trials

Challenged physically and mentally, swabs use teamwork to complete Sea Trials

“The thing about Swab Summer is about getting the whole picture. Even though you may be the fastest, the strongest, the smartest at indoc, you are just one person,” Johnson said. “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.”


Coast Guard Academy Class of 2018

R-Day 2014: The challenge begins

The United States Coast Guard Academy renewed a longstanding tradition Monday, June 30, as 256 U.S. cadets and seven international cadets took part in Reporting-in Day. Newly minted swabs cycled through drill training, uniform issue and a bevy of administrative procedures before filing into the companies to which they’d been assigned for Swab Summer. After a whirlwind day of administration and military indoctrination, the swabs took their oath before family, friends, and Academy personnel, officially marking the start of Swab Summer.


R-Day 2013

Every year at the Coast Guard Academy hundreds of new cadets, or swabs, cross the threshold into a new life as members of the United States Coast Guard. This annual occurrence may seem standard and routine, but for each swab, the experience is fraught with soaring highs and soul-searching lows. This life is not for everyone.


In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Second Class Cadet Matt Monahan yells instructions to a group of swabs Monday, June 25, 2012, at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. In all, 251 members of the incoming class of 2016, known as swabs, reported in during an event called R-Day or Reporting In Day.

Swabs on deck: R-Day 2012

On the morning of June 25, hundreds of people from all over the country are at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., checking event schedules and looking over base maps. It’s reporting-in day and the lives of 252 young men and women are about to change – dramatically.


CGA reporting in day

Welcome Coast Guard Academy Class of 2015

Update: Paragraphs one and six have been updated to reflect that 291 men and women reported for Swab Summer at the Coast Guard Academy on Reporting-In Day. Written by Lt. j.g. Katherine C. Gaudette. Early this morning, standing outside the […]


Next Page »