New Member Info

Getting Started

New Member Information
Version 1.8 October 25, 2015

The following information may be more oriented to people interested in pursuing Surface Operations activities rather than other areas. Consultation with your flotilla commander and member training officer is recommended.
The information in this document was compiled by a member who recently joined the Auxiliary, was unsure where to start, and was guided by a computer literate friend and highly accomplished coxswain who took an immeasurable amount of time to provide that guidance. This documents that learning experience to be able to provide it to other newly enlisted members as well. Good luck and welcome aboard
1. Fill out the enrollment form 7001 found here:

2. Obtain fingerprints. (3 Sets)

3. Have picture taken. (wear a light blue shirt & needs a red background)

4. Complete an initial orientation quiz. The short test, designed to acquaint you with the purpose of the Auxiliary, is based on information contained in the following document:

5. When the first four items above have been submitted to DIRAUX (Director of the Auxiliary), your security background investigation will begin. A membership identification number will be issued, which will give you access to the Auxiliary WEB Site and to the training sites. Upon completion of your security background investigation a membership card will be issued but it may take several months to a year, or sometimes longer, so get started on the following items while you wait for it.

6. Most of your general questions concerning the organization and operation of the Auxiliary can be answered from the following manual (the Auxiliary Manual):  That manual will also form the basis of information to be asked in several of the tests listed in item 21, below.

7. Once your Member ID (or employee number, not the membership card) has been issued by DIRAUX – which will take just a couple of weeks so ask another member to continue to check the directory for you every week or so till the ID is issued - your name will appear in the member directory with an AP (Application Pending) status. When your member ID is issued, then use the internet to obtain an employee web password. Use your member ID to create a password here:  The AP status will persist for quite a long time so you might as well get started on the rest of the items below. Status designations are defined here: , The Help Desk can be used as an information source for other questions you may have.

8. Sign up for access to uniform items at  The “Woodbine” location at that URL annoyingly requires the use of Microsoft Internet Explorer so you may have to enlist someone else’s help to get past that impediment if you use a Mac or try other sources. If you find yourself near a Coast Guard yard the exchange may have some items you need. Uniform items may also be obtained from,, and . You may have to shop several places over a period of several weeks to collect all you need. I suggest the Super Boots II which have the steel safety toe required by CG. Don’t forget the “cap device” for your Tropical Blue cap, a name tag, blouser bands (for ODU pant legs), a baseball cap for your ODU, as well as a name tape. Black belt buckle for ODU and silver buckle for Tropical Blue uniform. Information on uniforms can be found here:  and .

9. Start to keep track of the time you spend learning, attending classes, and meetings so it can be reported monthly on the forms found here: .

10. Complete an initial boating course usually given to the general public (ABS, BSS, etc.) and submit the completion certificate to DIRAUX. Once this is done, your status will eventually become listed as BQ (Basically Qualified) in the directory.

11. Complete the extensive “mandated” initial courses in suicide prevention, security, sexual harassment, diversity, privacy, civil rights, ethics, and influenza. Just get them out of the way and get on with it. Once you have your membership number you can sign onto AUXLMS at  

12. Complete the online FEMA ICS courses 100, then 700, followed by 200, and 800: . Save the certificates issued upon successful completion, they will be needed to be submitted to DIRAUX for recording to obtain qualification. If ICS 210 becomes available, either via online real-time-video or in-person, it is advisable to take advantage of it because it is hard to obtain.
13. Become aware of the policy and procedures manuals available here: .

14. Complete the TCT (Team Coordination Training) 4 hour in-person course.

15. Qualifications for the many awards you may wish to acquire may be found here: .

16. Begin the somewhat lengthy Boat Crew Qualification course to become Crew Qualified and achieve your Boat Crew PQS (Personal Qualification Signoff). The PQS is a document that will comprise between 50 to 100 pages. It is advisable to place the signoff sheets into page protectors and a three ring binder because you will need to keep the book with you to obtain signoffs and the book may encounter rain and abuse along the way. You be required to submit the original set of sheets (after retaining a complete copy) to obtain your final crew qualification. A PowerPoint document of the required tasks is available.

17. At this point, begin consideration of what type of life jacket (or personal flotation device PFD) you will be comfortable with and research it quite carefully before you purchase. It may take quite a while to obtain the one you ultimately want so keep that in mind while you are taking the boat crew qualification course. You will also need a signal mirror, strobe light, and whistle. In addition to some of the sources listed in item 8 above, you may also be interested in supply sources such as:  and  for sources of life jackets, survival, and safety equipment.

18. Monitor the Coast Guard District Training web site to see if you can enroll in the FEMA ICS-210 or 300 course which is infrequently given but required for the Coxswain qualification and IMSEP ribbon.

19. Complete between three to six qualification area exams (AUXCOM, AUXSEA, AUXWEA, AUXPAT, AUXNAV, AUXACN) and PQS. Completion of all six will eventually result in qualifying for the AUXOP award, not easily obtained. The AUXOP requirements for 2015 are here:  Some of the qualification classes may be available from time to time via an interactive webinar mechanism. Given over several days or weeks, that mechanism may be the most viable for you because in-person classes are rarely available to the many who need them and are often geographically very inconvenient. The webinar format will require you to have the necessary high speed internet connection, and computer hardware and software necessary to support the remote internet protocol connection to participate in the class.

20. The following references may be of use to you. Be aware that a book on Navigation Rules exists which is much easier to read than the pdf manual:  

This book is highly recommended to acquaint you with navigational charts:

For a complete reference on navigation, Bowditch is the standard:

The standard reference used for seamanship is Chapman:

Dutton’s Practical Navigation was a text used by the US Naval Academy:

Aarons’ Small Boat Seamanship Manual is the Coast Guard’s reference on that subject:

The Captain’s Quick Guides are extremely useful both on board and as learning tools:

21. Complete the courses and exams for IMSEP, Operations Policy, Instructor Development, GoodMate, Administrative Procedures, or Vessel Examiner as desired.

 22. Useful links (not necessarily an endorsement of some of these commercial providers, rather just a source for them):