- Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A new class of cadets is arriving this week at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut for the start of the training program known as swab summer.

About 292 men and women are expected for the seven-week training program that begins Monday.

The new arrivals will receive haircuts, uniforms and administrative processing before a swearing-in ceremony.

Cadets attend the academy at no cost for four years and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and an obligation to serve at least five years in the Coast Guard.

The incoming class this year includes international students from Cambodia, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Belize, Madagascar, Palau, Mexico, Jordan, Rwanda, Ukraine and Panama.

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