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Thank you for your interest in joining the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG AUX), the largest volunteer marine safety organization in the world. Our flotilla is based in Central Texas - we are part of the Coast Guard's District 8 Coastal Region, Division 5, Flotilla 7 (081-5-7).  It is our hope that this site will help you become familiar with who we are and what we do. Please take the time to read this information and consider what the “commitment of membership” means to you. If you feel that the Auxiliary is an organization that you want to be a part of—35,000 civilian members strong—we will assist you in becoming an active and productive member. 

Please understand however, we are NOT a Yacht Club. We are a service organization composed of volunteers with an emphasis on active duty and support to the many and varied U.S. Coast Guard missions in which we participate. Keep in mind that although we want you to become a dedicated member, we understand that you will need to juggle your personal commitments to family, friends, home, work, and community; therefore, we want you to proceed at your own pace and will work with you according to your availability. 

Below are links that you can use to access the information, forms, and materials that you will need to read, fill out, and study in order for me to get the your membership process started. 

The basic steps for membership are as follows: 

  1. Learn about the Auxiliary, what we offer, and how you want to contribute - the links on this website will help. You may want to start with About the Auxiliary but the New Member Handbook and New Member Reference Guide should also prove useful. 
  2. Complete the new member application, forms, and indoctrination process (including a personal security investigation, i.e., background check). Member’s dues are $42 annually. Uniforms will be approximately $200 to $300 (but the flotilla may be able to provide some of these for free). Most costs associated with your work with the Auxiliary are tax deductible.
  3. Study, take, and pass the Auxiliary New Member Course/Exam (via online, self-study, mentored, or in an instructor-led class). The New Member Study Guide will help you prepare for this. The exam isn’t difficult, we just need to make sure you know what you’re signing up for! 
  4. Attend, study, and pass a safety boating class/exam (online or via an instructor-led class - we’d be glad to have you join one of our monthly boater safety classes). 
For the complete new member packet, see this site. If you have any questions whatsoever, please contact us. Thank you again for considering membership in the USCG Auxiliary. We look forward to meeting you!