Summer means down-time for most students, but the incoming Class of 2017 for both the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy have begun the next chapter in their young lives.
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy welcomed the Class of 2017 on Monday during Reporting-in Day, marking the official beginning of Swab Summer.
A total of 239 swabs — 231 swabs and eight international swabs — took the oath on Washington Parade Field at the academy in New London, Conn.
Underrepresented minority groups compose 28 percent of the Class of 2017 and 36 percent of the class is women.
Meanwhile in Kings Point, N.Y., the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy welcomed on Tuesday its incoming Class of 2017, consisting of 238 plebe candidates from across the country.
Upon arrival, the Congressionally-nominated future Midshipmen began a rigorous, 18-day regimen of academic, military, and physical training known as indoctrination — their first step toward becoming future leaders and licensed maritime officers.
“The new plebe candidates make up one of the most diverse classes in Academy history,” said Rear Admiral James A. Helis, superintendent at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. “I look forward to seeing entire Class of 2017 learn, grow and serve their country.”