Swab Summer begins at the US Coast Guard Academy


THERE WAS A LOT OF YELLING AND THERE WERE A LOT OF HAIRCUTS HAPPENING HERE AT THE ACADEMY. A NEW CLASS OF CADETS ARRIVES JUST WEEKS AFTER THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED THE LAST GRADUATING CLASS.AND IF TRADITION HOLDS TRUE THIS WILL BE THE NEXT CLASS TO HEAR FROM A COMMANDER IN CHIEF. 3 DETELJ/@TINADETELJ] [NAT OF HEAD SHAVING] THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS….[NAT OF YELLING IN HALLWAY]OF SWAB SUMMER.[NAT OUTSIDE][45:01+] “HURRY UP X-RAY ONE WE DON’T HAVE ALL DAY.”297 NEW CADETS ON WHAT USED TO BE CALLED REPORTING IN DAY. NOW IT’S CALLED DAY ONE OF WHAT WILL BE A 200-WEEK JOURNEY TO BECOMING AN OFFICER IN THE US COAST GUARD.[NAT YELLING ORDERS]IT’S ALSO DAY ONE OF SWAB SUMMER – 7 WEEKS OF INTENSE TRAINING DESIGNED TO TRANSFORM CIVILIAN STUDENTS INTO MILITARY MEMBERS. [TRENT ROBLEDO-THOMPSON/NEW LONDON][42:39-42:42]”IT’S QUITE AN EXPERIENCE.”TRENT ROBLEDO-THOMPSON IS CLOSE TO HOME. HE’S FROM NEW LONDON. [TRENT ROBLEDO-THOMPSON/NEW LONDON][43:04-43:08] :10″I’VE ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO THE COAST GUARD BEING IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY’VE ALWAYS DONE A LOT FOR US.”HE IS AMONG 26 CADETS FROM CONNECTICUT. [NAT RUNNING] [44:44+]”MOVE WITH A PURPOSE.” MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE NEW CADETS ARE WOMEN.[JORDAN PARK/GROTON][37:08+] “IT’S A LITTLE NERVE WRACKING.”JORDAN PARK IS ALSO LOCAL. SHE’S FROM GROTON.[JORDAN PARK/GROTON] [37:26-37:34]”IT’S HARD TO HEAR THE COMMANDS LIKE WHEN WE’RE MARCHING BECAUSE THERE’S OTHER PEOPLE SCREAMING AT OTHER PEOPLE TO STAND OFF LIKE FROM BEHIND ME AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT.”[TINA DETELJ/@TINADETELJ] [3:45-3:53]”YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHAT ALL THESE SWABS ARE READING.IT’S CALLED THE RUNNING LIGHT AND THEY HAVE TO COMMIT IT TO MEMORY. IT CONTAINS THINGS LIKE THE MISSION FOR THE COAST GUARD.” [NAT OF RECITING INFO][6:50+] THESE CADETS START THEIR CAREER JUST WEEKS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP SPOKE AT GRADUATION IN MAY. [TRENT ROBLEDO-THOMPSON/NEW LONDON] [44:10-44:18]”I WAS PRETTY EXCITED THAT THE ROTATION GOT MESSED UP FOR THAT OTHERWISE WE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN PROBABLY THE VICE PRESIDENT OR SECRETARY OF STATE.”IF THE FOUR YEAR ROTATION AMONG MILITARY ADACEMIES STAYS ON TRACK NOW THEY WILL HEAR FROM THE PRESIDENT AT THEIR GRADUATION IN 2021.[JORDAN PARK/GROTON][38:37-38:41]”THAT FEELS SO FAR AWAY RIGHT NOW LIKE I”M JUST TRYING TO GET THROUGH TODAY AND THEN THE SUMMER.” THIS AFTERNOON THE CADETS TOOK AN OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.AFTER THAT SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AND A CLASS PHOTO WAS TAKEN THEY WERE GIVEN TEN MINUTES TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO THEIR FAMILLIES.THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO TALK TO THEM AGAIN UNTIL LABOR DAY.

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