Swab summer concludes as cadets get their shoulder boards

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  1. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    Swab summer concludes as cadets get their shoulder boards

    Sean D. Elliot/The Day
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    Members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2014 march to join their
    companies after receiving their shoulder boards in a ceremony on the academy's
    Washington Parade Field Monday, August 16, 2010.


    By Jennifer McDermott
    Publication: TheDay.com

    New London — The class of 2014 received their shoulder boards in a ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Monday, marking their official acceptance into the cadet corps.

    The group that stood in formation on Washington Parade Field made it through swab summer, an intense, seven-week training program designed to transform civilian students into military recruits and to prepare them for the academic year.

    "Now you stand before us as classmates and shipmates, forever bound together by a common experience," said Capt. John C. O'Connor, commandant of cadets, adding that they persevered through record heat, soreness, fatigue, information overload and the "loving attention" of the upper-class cadets.

    Sean D. Elliot/The Day
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    Members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2014, from front to back,
    Kristen Schultz, Rachel Deschesne and Matthew Miller receive their shoulder boards in
    a ceremony on the academy's Washington Parade Field Monday, August 16, 2010.


    Seventeen of the 295 students who began training left before the summer ended, five for medical reasons and the rest voluntarily withdrew. Those who completed the training were rewarded with 4th-class cadet shoulder boards, which are navy-blue pads without stripes to show their standing in the corps.

    "Being accepted as a member of the corps is just awesome," said Marie Navetta, 17, of Montville. "You have to earn your way in, so it means that much more when you get it."

    The summer regimental staff also turned over the leadership of the corps to the fall regimental staff in a change-of-command ceremony.

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  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Still swabs!
     
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    Great pictures. Thanks.
     
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    Many Thanks!

    Thanks for posting Luigi! Very proud of All the 4/C's!! :thumb: Looking forward to Parents Weekend...Hope to see you!
     
  5. Luigi59

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    Only 12 DOR out of 295 is MUCH better than years past.

    Swab summer must be getting a lot easier. :wink:
     
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    No swine flu this year helped I'm sure.
     
  7. USNA1982BGO

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    Not according to our swab (now 4/c) :rolleyes:
    It was a very hot summer.
     
  8. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    But.....still a swab! :wink:
     
  9. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    she would differ with you on that "swab" comment :shake:
     
  10. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    "You're a swab until you see a swab."


    And boy, when that day comes does it feel good!
     
  11. shellz

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    The new 3/c's would agree, I think. Much happiness when they saw their first swabs after a very long 4/c year! :shake:
     
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    Swab summer

    Way to go Class 2014 USCGA

    God Bless and God Speed

    Thanks for your service in defending freedom

    RGK
     
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    Congrats, Great Accomplishment. I"m sorry that that many were lost in a great hand picked class. SOme of those that were not chosen, would have made greats 4/C cadets, but were not given the chance
     
  14. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    It's a very low number. I've seen 6-8 go in a single platoon (of 40ish) just during swab summer.
     

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