Hey, I'm sure someone else has posted something like this but I'd just like to include some stuff as a recent swab. Stuff to know: 1) Mission of USCGA (learn this before you report in!) The mission of the United States Coast Guard Academy is to graduate young men and women with sound bodies stout hearts and alert minds with a liking for the sea and its lore and with that high sense of honor loyalty and obedience which goes with trained initiative and leadership, well grounded in seamanship the sciences and the amenities and strong in the resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard in the service of their country and humanity. 2) Code of Conduct for Members of the United States Armed Forces I I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. II I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist. III If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy. IV If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way. V When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause. VI I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America. 3) USCG Core Values: Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty 4) Creed for U.S. Coastguardsmen I am proud to be a member of the United States Coast Guard I revere that long line of expert seamen who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored and respected, in peace and in war, throughout the world. I never, by work or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of my service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged. I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders. I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share. I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties. I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems. I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others. I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live. I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to rescue those in peril. With God's help, I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works - A UNITED STATES COASTGUARDSMAN. 5) Guardian Ethos (my favorite) I am America's Maritime Guardian I serve the citizens of the United States I will protect them I will defend them I will save them I am their shield For them I am Semper Paratus I live the Coast Guard core values I am a Guardian 6) If you're really bored learn nautical flags and nato phonetic alphabet. I'm more than happy to provide advice for Swab Summer if anyone would like it... an unofficial guide to swab summer?