The Adventure Begins: Reporting-In Day (or R-Day) is both a beginning and an end. It is a chance to celebrate past accomplishments and reflect on a future of service and tradition. For incoming cadets it is a day of excitement, nervousness and anticipation. For parents, it is a day of reminiscence, and for all, it is a day of pride.
R-Day marks the first day of the time-honored tradition of Swab Summer. This exciting and intense seven-week training period forms the foundation of each cadet's Academy experience and military career. Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty are the core values on which Swab Summer is based. Swabs emerge highly motivated and well-trained Coast Guard men and women who are ready to join the USCGA Corps of Cadets.
On July 1, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will welcome family, friends and members of the Class of 2017.