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ALL MEMBERS  PLEASE   REMEMBER WE  ARE  A  UNIFORMED  ORGANIZATION .  I  SEE  ALOT OF  YOU  TRIED  HARD  THIS  PAST  MEETING  BUT  PLEASE  HAVE  A  COMPLETE UNIFORM , AN   ODU  WITHOUT  USCGAUX  OR  YOUR NAME  ,  IS NOT  A  COMPLETE  UNIFORM BELOW  AGAIN  YOU  HAVE  ALL YOU  NEED  TO  GET  EVERYTHING, THANK YOU

Its almost time to go on the water which means that many of our newer members will need to buy an ODU uniform. This email is really long but here is everything you need to know about buying an ODU uniform.


If you already have a uniform, you may want to skim over and check out the recommendations for boots and the new pile parka liner which is very comfy.

If you want to go out on the water or stand radio watch I strongly suggest you start assembling your uniform within the next few days. You will need to deal with 4 vendors and may have to return items that are the wrong size. Then, once you've got all the pieces, you'll need to get the different parts sewn together. Its not hard, but it does take a while.

Two quick notes:

1) One of the most fun things we do is to work beside the Coast Guard on actual missions. To do this you must have a uniform. If you don't want to buy a uniform, that's fine, there are plenty of other things you can do to help the flotilla. But remember you may participate in our on-the-water exercises which will all require uniforms.

2) If you wear the uniform, you need to wear it 100% correctly. For example, if you have the uniform but do not have the belt, you cannot wear the uniform with a plain black belt and think "hey no one is going to notice." We will notice, and it makes our flotilla look bad. If you are severely out of uniform you may be sent home.

Regards
Harvey



ODU Buying Guide

1) Print out this list

Print out the list below. That way, you will have everything in front of you when you are filling out your order form or surfing the internet. If you are just starting out in the Aux, its enough that you buy one coat and one pair of trousers. You can then order more once you figure out your size, and your needs.


ITEM SIZE/Qty ITEM NUMBER
1. Coat (tucked version)
2. Nametape
3. USCG Auxiliary tape Order 3.
4. Auxiliary member collar devices "Member Device" is preferred.
5. Undershirt
6. Riggers belt
7. Trousers
8. Trouser Blousers
9. Dark socks
10. Boots (safety toe required)
11. USCG Aux or 5-10 Ball cap
12. OPTIONAL Foul Weather Parka Liner (fleece jacket)

2) Go to the UDC (Uniform Distribution Center) Website

First go here where you will find the sizing charts for the ODU Coat and Trousers and T shirts:
http://www.uscg.mil/uniform/ODUUniforms.asp

READ the "How to Wear the ODU Uniform" slideshow and watch the video presentation to learn how to of wear the uniform.

You must measure yourself to ensure that your ODU will fit. Wearing size 34 blue jeans does not mean you wear size 34 ODUs.

Buy T-shirts as you need the correct blue to go with uniform.

Now, go ahead and click on the ODU Accessories and Attachments on the main menu to the left of the screen. That will take you here:
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg1/udc/ODUAccessories.asp

Here you will see ODUNAME and ODUAUX. Buy several name tapes so that you have extras at home. This way, if someone gives you or sells you a uniform top, you can simply put your name on it.

Also on this page are the Riggers Belt (RB52), Trouser Blousers (TB). Buy an extra pair of Blousers as you will lose some.

Boot socks can be found here or you can use any tall black socks you've got:
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg1/udc/MensShoesSocks.asp

The Foul Weather Parka Liner is optional but strongly recommended. It will really take the chill off a colder day on the water, is reasonably priced and is a very useful garment. It can be found here:

http://www.uscg.mil/uniform/FWParka.asp

3) Ordering from the UDC

Now after you've filled in the form and know what your sizes, and item nunbers are, go to:
http://www.uscg.mil/uniform/Ordering.asp

To shop on-line scroll down and click on the very small link that says "order on-line." It is very small.

You must have an EMPLID number to generate a password and order on-line. NOTE: The UDC uses priority mail on everything it ships and is very fast.

4) Boots, not from the UDC

Most active duty USCG personnel do not wear the SuperBoot which is official USCG gear since they are very heavy and expensive. They can be found here:
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg1/udc/SuperBoot.asp

The regulations say this with regard to boots: "THE ODU UNIFORM WILL BE WORN WITH WELL-BLACKENED 8 OR 10 INCH SAFETY BOOTS." So you can wear any black boot you want, provided it is 8-10 inches tall, and has a Steel or Composite toe than conforms with ANSI standards. Most safety boots specifically say ANSI on them.

Mail ordering boots is the only way to go. Alden found a great deal on these for $49:
http://www.lapolicegear.com/magnum-stealth-ii-side-zip-composite-toe-boot.html

Two of the biggest manufacturers of military boots are ALTAMA and MAGNUM. Check out their on-line catalogs and pick a model that suits you. Most of our work is in the summer, so lightweight boots that are made of nylon mesh and leather are very comfortable. Boots with the side zipper are convenient but not required.

Boots by either Altama or Magnum will cost less than the UDC superboot and be a lot more comfortable. The new boot designs are like wearing running shoes.

5) Baseball Cap from Cutteragent.com

For the baseball cap go to:
http://www.cutteragent.com/cgaux.html

Hopefully by the time of writing, if you look under USCG Auxiliary, Flotillas, you'll see 5-10 NY Harbor.

If not email "Rob Green, CutterAgent" rob@cutteragent.com and ask him for a New York, 5-10 hat. If enough of us email him I'm sure he'll get the site operational more quickly.

Rob makes superb hats, the fit and finish are better than anything I've seen available elsewhere.

6) Collar Devices from BentNeedle.

Now this is amusing. After all that, neither the UDC or the Auxiliary stores sell the cloth embroidered collar devices you need for the ODU. Amusing no?

I have listed two companies below that sell the USCG Aux embroidered collar devices. I recommend "BentNeedle" because the collar devices I bought from Uniformnametape were very badly done. Bent needle has to be better. I hope.

Buy the "member device" if you only have one pair of ODUs as it will never need to be changed. If you are buying multiple coats, then you can buy the FSO device for one of your coats if you are in fact an FSO. Otherwise stick with the member device since you'll never need to change it.

http://bentneedle.net/index.cfm

http://www.uniformnametape.com/

DONE!
That is the last step, but for completeness I have to mention the Regional Supply center below.


7) Auxiliary Specific Items from the Regional Supply

A generic USCG Aux base ball cap and other specific items for the auxiliary can be ordered from the Auxiliary supply center on:

http://www.shopauxiliary.com/

Click on District Materials Stores on the menu on top. Log in using your EMPLID or get a password. You will then see a map of the US, we are 1SR

A generic USCG Aux ballcap can be purchase here, though the quality is highly variable. This is why I am recommending Cutteragent for our hats.

Regional supply tends to have more uniform items for the Tropical Blue uniform and very little for the ODU. I don't know why, that's just the way it is. It is worth looking at the site, and the site for Southern California and Miami. These stores have an excellent assortment of USCG Aux products that may interest you.