NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2019 will begin its military training as the new swabs arrive on campus June 29 for Reporting-In Day.
Although the exact makeup is not finalized until the end of R-Day, the incoming class is anticipated to be the largest incoming class since 2011 with about 287 cadets and four international cadets expected to take the oath of office. To date, 33 percent of those expected to report are from underrepresented minority groups and 35 percent are women.
Expected swabs from the incoming class represent 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, the four international cadets will come from Georgia, Honduras, and Malaysia.
R-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 hands and swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Below is a schedule for R-Day:
7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Swabs check in at Roland Hall, 5th deck.
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Superintendant’s Welcome in Leamy Hall.
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Cadet Life Briefing in Leamy Hall.
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Uniform issue, haircuts, drill practice, company time, weigh-in and administration in-processing (all companies will cycle through these events throughout the day).
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Swearing-in Ceremony and class photo on Washington Parade Field
3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. Families and cadets farewells on Washington Parade Field. (If foul weather, the Swearing-in Ceremony will take place on 5th deck Roland at 3 p.m., followed by families and cadets farewells. The class photo will follow on 3rd deck Roland.)
A brief video of R-Day 2014