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"Swab Summer" begins for Coast Guard

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"Swab" Victoria Mock reads her "Running Light" closely as members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 report-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Members of Foxtrot Company of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 form-up for the first time as they report-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination on the top deck of Roland Hall Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Members of Foxtrot Company of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 race off the bus for the courtyard of Chase Hall as they report-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Bravo Company cadre member Carolyn Slife, right, shouts at a "swab" as members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 report-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Barber James Collins gives "swab" Vincent Casey his haircut as members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 report-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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"Swab" Michael Fitzpatrick, right "sounds off" for one of his Cadre as members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 report-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Members Bravo Company of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 learn how to open their mailboxes during reporting-in day for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Cadre member Patrick Dreiss reads the riot act to members of Charlie Company as the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 reports-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Charlie Company "swabs" work on their marching skills on the Washington Parade Field as members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 report-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Alpha company cadre Kyle Cheney, right, demands an answer from "swab" Caleb Tvrdy, left, as members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 report-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Family members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 look for their "swabs" to emerge from Chase Hall on the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Cadre member Carolyn Slife directs her "swabs" through the Chase Hall quad as members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 report-in for the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 pose for their class photo in a pouring rain on the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Cadre members stand in the pouring rain and watch as the "swabs" of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 pose for their class photo on the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 pose for their class photo in a pouring rain on the first day of their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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Brendan Flynn, right, of Oakdale, meets with his family as a driving rain soaks the area after members of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 took their cadet oath and posed for a class photo at the conclusion of reporting-in day for their 7-week "Swab Summer" indoctrination Monday, July 1, 2013 at the academy in New London. The 231 members of the class will spend the 7-week program leaning military discipline and the rules and regulations of cadet life.

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