Join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in NYC

Our Role and Mission

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The over-arching mission of the Auxiliary is to augment the Recreational Boating Safety Mission of the U.S. Coast Guard as well as assisting with the security of our citizens, ports, waterways and coastal regions. While we are not directly involved in military activities or law enforcement, members do participate in thousands of hours of support that directly supplements the Coast Guard’s Maritime Domain Awareness missions which include Harbor Patrols by sea and air, Vessel Safety and Inspections, Public Education, Radio Communications, Search & Rescue and Marine Environmental Protection. There are also programs on becoming a Coast Guard Chef, Public Affairs Officer, maybe work in a health care facility, or even join the foreign language Interpreter Corps.

Eligibility - Who can join?

Membership is open to all citizens and resident aliens of the United States and its territories who are at least 17 years old and have not had a felony criminal history. New members will fill out an application, complete a new member orientation test, and have a criminal background check completed by the Department of Homeland Security. After this, you must obtain your uniforms, and will take an all-day Boating Safety class. But don't worry, fellow Auxiliarists will help new members as mentors to help understand information about the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary, from chain of command, to special training, to proper uniforms. There are no minimum about of hours to serve! As a volunteer, you will work with your commander to find programs and interests in which you can volunteer as much (or as little) time as you'd like to participate. Although we are volunteers, we are covered by government insurance while under orders.
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Commitment / Costs

Joining the USCG Aux is a serious commitment, one which should be made only by those willing to attend meetings, training, and for those who plan to donate some time to get involved with their flotilla and community. In regard to "how much does it cost to participate," there is a once a year national dues charge of $65.00. You will also be required to purchase your own uniforms (pants, shirt, insignias, hats, coats, etc.). There are different uniforms for different roles you may want to include yourself in. For operations (outdoor boat crew, vessel exams, etc., you will need the Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) [Approximately ~$128.00], and for meetings and other classroom events/training you should have the Tropical Blue Uniform. [~$115.00 complete]. There is a charge for an initial Boating Safety class, this can run from about $40 to $65 depending on the class. In the winter months you'll need a uniform coat or jacket for each uniform you'd wear, they run approximately $90 to $120 each. To participate in a formal Change of Watch or a conference, you will need a Service Dresss Blue uniform, this is about $125.00. Your uniforms will each have to be tailored, the typical charge for one uniform being tailored is about $40.00 In summary, other than dues, uniforms, and the initial safety class, there are no other costs associated with being a member. You must learn how to clean and maintain your uniform, wear it properly and sharply, and particpate with the flotilla activities.

So Are You Ready To Make a Difference? Ready to join?

Contact our Human Resources Officer, Sandro Sherrod, then plan to come in to one of our meetings. You have to attend three meetings prior to having your application accepted and your fingerprints completed. Additionally, you MUST complete the following:

As a prospective member, you’ll need to complete the following from both sections 1 and 2 to begin your investigation process. 


SECTION 1 - What you should print out and bring with you to our next meeting:
  • Complete the Enrollment Application (ANSC-7001 rev. 10-15), pages 1-5 (Printed Single Sided ONLY).
  • Complete the New Member Course, print out score sheet, then print your name, date and sign for submission with your application.
  • Complete the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association “Consent to Membership” document.
  • Submit (1) proof of US citizenship, in addition to a copy of proof to be submitted with application. (Birth Certificate, Passport, etc.)
  • Submit a copy of a Boating Safety Certificate (If Applicable).
  • Complete FEMA Independent Study Courses 100, 200, 700, and 800 and submit each certificate (If Applicable).
  • Submit a copy of your resume.
SECTION 2 - What you will need to do by the 3rd meeting:
  • Complete (2) two FBI fingerprint cards with one of our Flotilla's Fingerprint Technicians.
  • Take a digital photo for your official DHS USCG Aux ID Card by our HR staff.
  • Submit 2018 annual membership dues, (see dues schedule chart).
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