Swab Summer is a seven-week traditional military indoctrination. It is designed to help young civilian students transition into the lifestyle of Coast Guard Academy cadets. The training process starts with general military skills and physical conditioning. The training continues with seamanship, swimming and academics. Through the process, students develop self-discipline, military bearing and esprit de corps (the spirit of the corps). They also begin to understand the Coast Guard's Core Values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.
For many cadets the highlight of Swab Summer is their first short cruise on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. For one week, swabs are introduced to life at sea aboard our famous tall ship.