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Why Should I Join the Auxiliary ?


Are you looking for adventure while serving your country and your community? If you are looking for some adventure in your life, consider joining the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Wherever your interests lie, and whatever life skills you have, chances are that the Coast Guard Auxiliary can offer you an area to serve that will enrich your life in ways you may not have imagined.

The Auxiliary offers you a unique opportunity to make a real difference in your local community and across the country.

We welcome and recognize your past experience, skills and talent. We challenge you to have fun learning new skills and qualifications in company with a very special group of volunteers.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a number of opportunities, but the tasks can generally be divided into three service areas:

  • Prevention (Recreational Boating Safety)
  • Response (Operations and Marine Safety)
  • Logistics (Mission Support)
Auxiliarists are able to partake in training and perform missions in any of these areas.
Auxiliarists Honor Guard at the District 7 Conference in Tampa
 
 

Prevention

Flotilla 75 Auxiliarists Receiving Qualification Exam on PWC One of the Auxiliary’s primary missions is recreational boating safety. This mission is accomplished by qualified members delivering Public Safety Boating Education training and classes, by providing voluntary vessel safety checks to boaters, by visiting with and educating local marine related industries, and by general outreach to the boating public through boat shows and other public venues and events.

 

 

Response

Flotilla 75 Auxiliarists on Patrol in Tampa Bay with Boat and PWC For those interested in boating, the Auxiliary offers a rigorous level of hands-on training and qualification as boat-crew and coxswain. Qualified Auxiliarists perform regular safety patrol missions in their local area and support local boating activities on-the-water such as regattas, fireworks & fleet visits. In addition, the Auxiliary works side-by-side with their active-duty USCG counterparts in many other mission areas, including environmental protection, Commercial Vessel Safety Inspections, Port Security and Planning, Licensing and Documentation, and other vital operational roles. Auxiliarists receive training virtually identical to that of their active duty and reserve counterparts (with the exception of law enforcement and military specific tasks).

Logistics

The Auxiliary needs people with leadership, administrative and technical skills (such as website design, computer server administration, graphic design, photography, videography, communications, public relations/public affairs, instruction and instructional design, and personnel services) to support those Auxiliarists involved in the recreational boating safety and operations & marine safety missions.

Computer Work is Sometimes Frustrating
Flotilla 75 FSO-PA Appearing on TV Spot


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Enjoy Fun and Fellowship

In all activities, enjoy fellowship -- the good company of other Auxiliarists at meetings and training sessions, on patrols and other missions, and at ceremonies and social events. One of the Auxiliary's trademarks is good old-fashioned hospitality. Friends, neighbors and interested members of the public are always welcome to attend one of our flotilla meetings. In addition, dedication to boating safety provides the atmosphere for getting together to swap boating experiences and participate in cruises and rendezvous. You'll find a special camaraderie among Auxiliarists that's hard to beat. There's time to relax and have fun at Auxiliary outings, training sessions, patrols, VSCs, classes, and conferences. Auxiliarists make lasting, meaningful friendships. Knowing that you belong to a special group of people and directly participate in helping save lives gives your Auxiliary membership a special meaning.

For Additional Information

Call our Flotilla 75 Personnel Services Officer at 877-CGAUX75 or 877-242-8975.

Or use this link to see the flotillas in Division 7.