Nearly all 50 states are represented among the Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2022, which started its military training on Monday, one of the hottest days of the year.
Fourteen Connecticut natives are among the incoming class. Local towns represented include Groton, East Lyme, New London, Norwich, Salem and Waterford. Women make up 40 percent of the class, and minorities make up a record 36 percent.
Colin Madaus, 17, of New London, didn’t venture far. Madaus attended the Williams School, located across Route 32 from the academy, for high school, and recalled seeing cadets marching on the front lawn. Growing up in New London, he went to Coast Guard Band concerts, and saw cadets participating in local events and walking around the city.