Coast Guard Academy cadets set to begin training

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The U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2017 will begin their military training as they arrive on campus Monday for Reporting-In Day (R-Day).

Although the exact makeup is not finalized until the end of R-Day, about 235 are expected to accept their appointment and report. To date, 28 percent of those offered appointments are from underrepresented minority groups and 36 percent are women.

Reporting-In Day marks the traditional start of Swab Summer, an intense seven-week training program designed to transform civilian students into military men and women ready to accept the challenges that await them in their pursuit to become Coast Guard officers.

During their first day at the academy, the swabs will cycle through haircuts, uniform issue, drill practice and various types of administration in-processing.

At the conclusion of R-Day, members of the new class march onto Washington Parade Field, raise their right hand and swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

The new cadets come from all walks of life and 44 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Kazakhstan, Kenya, and Singapore, as well as eight international students from the countries of Georgia, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, and Mexico.