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Benefits of being an Auxiliary Member

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
John F. Kennedy
January 20, 1961


Be part of the action and help save lives

As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, you will be able to choose from many exciting opportunities for service. You'll be challenged to learn, train, and excel in areas and at levels you may not have thought you were capable of, all at your own pace.

  • Help save lives -- Through boating safety instruction in the classroom, vessel safety checks, or through on-the-water operations, your direct contribution to public boating safety can, and often does, save lives.
  • Increase your skills -- Take advantage of advanced training in search & rescue, seamanship, navigation, communications, and patrol. As a member of the Auxiliary there are no fees for these courses.
  • Put your boat to work -- If you own a boat you may have it certified as a facility to use during patrols and training exercises. You will be reimbursed for fuel consumption.
  • Support the U.S. Coast Guard -- Become qualified to serve at local Coast Guard units in radio watchstanding, marine environmental protection, Homeland Security, and other operational and administrative support duties.
  • Sharpen your leadership skills -- Bring your leadership skills to the Auxiliary, or let us teach you how to be a great leader.
  • Fun and fellowship -- Enjoy the company of fellow Auxiliarists during missions, training exercises, meetings, and social events. We enjoy our work and we enjoy each other's company.