Coast Guard Academy Class of 2018 reports to the Academy

Coast Guard Academy News
NEW LONDON, Conn. – The United States Coast Guard Academy welcomed the Class of 2018 during Reporting-In Day Monday, June 30.

256 U.S. citizens and seven international students took the oath before family, friends, and Academy personnel to officially begin four years of undergraduate study, community service and preparation for entry into the United States Coast Guard Officer Corps.

“I have high expectations that this impressive class of 2018 will develop into extremely capable leaders of character in service of their country and humanity,” said U.S. Coast Guard Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz. “These cadets report in to the Academy representing almost every state and the many different backgrounds that make up our society. Their cadet training will instill in them a commitment to excellence and devotion to duty.”

The Academy determines admittance solely on merit. The incoming class features a number of high-achieving students from across the country and includes a diverse international contingent.

For the first time in at least 20 years, the Academy boasts an incoming class that represents 48 U.S. states. The U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Honduras, Gabon, Panama, Thailand and Mexico are also represented. Monday marked the first time the Academy welcomed students from Gabon.

The 256-member class includes 33 percent from underrepresented minority groups and 36 percent women.

Reporting-In Day marks not only the beginning of the cadet’s four years at the Academy, but also the start of Swab Summer. Incoming students work through a seven-week program designed as preparation for military and Academy lifestyles. Second-class cadets lead the swabs through physical and mental challenges.

“This is our first real role in developing another person’s skills which they will eventually use someday in our fleet, so we strive to teach them the right way the first time,” said Cadet Second Class Ben Chapman. “I want to do a good enough job to the point where [swabs] wish to emulate my personality, methods and teachings once they fill my shoes two years from now.”

Following a day of uniform issue, drill practice and administrative in-processing, Commandant of Cadets Capt. James McCauley advised swabs to trust their ability.

“I want you to recognize that every one of you is capable of succeeding. I don’t want you to forget that. But it is going to take work. Everyone here has a purpose – to best prepare you for commissioned service. If you get down on yourself, don’t give up the ship. Remember the oath you took. Learn to trust your cadre. We all have one mission – to get you ready,” said McCauley. “We’re going to challenge you, and rely on you to rise to that challenge.”

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