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Flotilla 10-13 Uniform Information

Dress Blue Alpha Male Dress Blue Female We all took an oath when we joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and with that oath we agreed to “wear the uniform neatly, proudly and correctly”.  Many members of the Auxiliary were never in the military and so uniform etiquette may a bit new to us, but it is very important.  The general public does not distinguish us from the regular Coast Guard and we own them the courtesy to wear the uniform correctly at all times.  Full detail on uniform etiquette can be found in the Auxiliary Manual - M16790.1G (this is a 20MB+ file be prepared for a long wait if you have a dial-up or slow broad band connection) Chapter 11 (Chapter 10 in the old addition of the Auxiliary Manual) with additional information in The Coast Guard manual Uniform Regulations - COMDTINST M1020.6. (also a very large file)

Flotilla 10-20 (Air Station Caldwell) has an excellent section on uniforms on their site.  Including pictures, notes on tailoring, and schedules for what uniforms are appropriate for what times of the year.  They also list a number of places to purchase uniforms and uniform accessories.  Click here to have a look.

Uniform Changes as a results of Uniform Board 47

Tue, 13 Feb 18  

The Uniform Board has made several changes that Auxiliarists should be aware of including: 

 

  • Numerous changes in Female uniform and hair protocol
  • Allowing of Unit t-shirts under the ODU
  • ODU sleeves up vs. down changes 
  • Dropping of CG embroidered insignia on ODU un-tucked uniform
  • Upcoming changes that are still under review and field test
  • Cap changes for various cap types
  • Wearing of eye glass retainers

 

More Uniform Info - CG Site

Sun, 02 Dec 12  

For additional information the Auxiliary Awards and Ribbons site at this link

 

Quick Reference - Uniform and Saluting

Fri, 01 May 09  

Click here for a Quick Cheat Sheet on uniform protocol and how to recognize the rank of our partners on the gold side.  This Document also includes info on Saluting and protocol for boarding a Coast Guard or Navy ship.

Magnetic Ribbon Rack

Sat, 01 Nov 08  

Ribbons Want to freshen up that ribbon rack? Check out the UltraThin web site at http://www.ultrathin.com/.  You can build your rack of ribbons (Auxiliary and military) and the will ship you the ribbons permanently racked up in the correct order of precedence with all the stars and ribbon devices you have earned.  They can provide the standard type rack with the pins, or for use on uniform shirts a magnetic one that will not put holes in your shirts.  A little more pricey than getting ribbons and rack from national but a much neater appearance.  As of 2008, ribbons are $1.70 each (vs. $0.90) and devices are either 50 or 75 cents which is a little less than the Auxiliary store.  The down side is if you get a new ribbon or another star or device for a current ribbon, you can not just add it yourself.  You can send the rack back to UltraThin and they will add additional devices for you so you do not need to buy a whole new rack.  However if you need to add a ribbon, you will need to purchase again all the ribbons below the new ribbon in the order of precedence.  They will re-use all your devices so you do not need to purchase them again.

Shoulder Boards & Coilar Devices

Posted by: Bruce Pugh

Authorized Insignia Chart

 This is from an older version of the manual.  Always check the most current Auxiliary manual for any changes to uniform items and protocol.

 

Female Overblouse Dress Shirt

Wed, 01 Oct 08  

Female Overblouse Dress Shirt TO: ALAUX - [CHDIRAUX-L] FEMALE OVERBLOUSE DRESS SHIRT -29/08.  The Female Overblouse Dress Shirt is available for ordering through the Coast Guard Uniform Distribution Center (UDC). It is authorized as optional wear for Auxiliary females as an alternative to the light blue dress shirt worn with the Tropical Blue uniform only. Further information, particularly concerning the placement of accoutrements on the shirt, can be found in ALCOAST 531/08 at the Coast Guard general message web site:

http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/alcoast/531.txt

Fabric Adhesive

Wed, 01 Oct 08  

Fabric adhesive.  Need a quick simple way to attach 'sew on' devices to your ODU uniform.  Try Fabri-Tac from Beacon Adhesives at about $5 a bottle.  Permanent and washable.  Do an online search on Google or Yahoo for an online store.  Also saw this at michaels.com so it may be available in a craft store such as Michael's.

Sew-On Devices - Prior Milirary Service Insignia

Sat, 01 Mar 08  

ALCOAST from CHDIRAUX RE: AUXILIARY UNIFORM MATTERS -007/08 Prior Military Service Insignia and ODUs and sew-on devices:Male Auxiliarist in ODU Uniform.

  1. ALCOAST message 056/08 of February 6, 2008 announced results of the recent Coast Guard Uniform Board 42 (UB42). Past National Commodore Henry G. Pratt, III served as the Auxiliary representative to UB42.

  2. Since the ALCOAST was issued, several questions have been asked about certain Auxiliary uniform matters. Having worked with the Coast Guard's Uniform Systems Manager (CG-1221A) and Auxiliary National leadership, the following guidance addresses these matters for Auxiliarists:

a. Prior Military Service Insignia. One of UB42's determinations was that Coast Guard personnel are not authorized to wear prior military service insignia if not earned while in the Coast Guard (i.e. - a prior service Army officer who now serves in the Coast Guard cannot wear his/her combat infantry badge on Coast Guard uniforms). This determination does not apply to Auxiliarists, therefore provisions in the Auxiliary Manual regarding Auxiliarists' wear of prior military service insignia other than Coast Guard still apply.

b. ODUs.

       (1) Active duty personnel are authorized to use Velcro to fasten name tapes and "U.S. Coast Guard" tapes over their right and left breast pockets, respectively. This authorization is granted because of the likelihood and frequency of their involvement in direct law enforcement operations. It does not apply to Auxiliarists.

       (2) Active duty personnel are required to wear sew-on rank insignia on their collars. Such a requirement could pose a considerable personal funding impact on some Auxiliarists who frequently encounter situations in which it is more appropriate to wear the Auxiliary membership insignia rather than elected/appointed office insignia (i.e. - necessitating multiple ODU tops that have Auxiliary office insignia and the Auxiliary membership insignia sewn-on). This potential impact must be balanced against the requirement to maintain a clean, professional uniform appearance at all times. Accordingly, Auxiliarists who frequently encounter situations in which it is more appropriate to wear the Auxiliary membership insignia rather than elected/appointed office insignia are authorized to use Velcro to fasten sew-on insignia to the collar as an option to actually sewing them to the collar. This authorization remains in effect through January 2009.

A final determination of permanency or revocation of this authorization will be made in February 2009.

       (3) Metal collar insignia are still authorized for Auxiliarists until sew-on standards are developed (this is not expected until the summer season, 2008). When sew-on standards are developed and stocks produced, then metal collar insignia will no longer be authorized for wear on Auxiliary ODU tops.

       (4) The sew-on Auxiliary coxswain insignia is still the only qualification insignia authorized to be sewn on the ODU top (metal qualification insignia are not authorized for wear). Sew-on standards for other Auxiliary qualification insignia are being developed and will be authorized for wear when stocks are produced. Sew-on insignia from prior military service other than the Coast Guard are not authorized to be worn on Auxiliary ODUs (or any other Auxiliary uniform).

Uniform Changes as a results of Uniform Board 47

Posted by: Anthony Palfy

The Uniform Board has made several changes that Auxiliarists should be aware of including: 

  • Numerous changes in Female uniform and hair protocol
  • Allowing of Unit t-shirts under the ODU
  • ODU sleeves up vs. down changes 
  • Dropping of CG embroidered insignia on ODU un-tucked uniform
  • Upcoming changes that are still under review and field test
  • Cap changes for various cap types
  • Wearing of eye glass retainers