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U.S. Coast Guard Academy Planning to Welcome the Largest Number of Women in an Incoming Class

Day One marks the traditional start of Swab Summer, an intense seven-week training program designed to transform civilian students into military members.

Approximately 300 young women and men will arrive at the Coast Guard Academy Monday, June 27 to start Day One of their training as part of the incoming Class of 2026.

According to current estimates about 43 percent of the class are women, which will be the most in an incoming class ever, and that 38 percent are from underrepresented minority groups. Also expected to join the class are nine international students from the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Vietnam, Honduras, Palau, Guyana, and Taiwan.

Day One marks the traditional start of Swab Summer, an intense seven-week training program designed to transform civilian students into military members 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 (as the new cadets are called) will cycle through haircuts, uniform issue, drill practice and various administrative in-processing.

Read more at the Coast Guard Academy

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