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The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It boasts nearly 33,000 members from all walks of life who receive special training so that they may be a functional part of Team Coast Guard. Auxiliarist assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental protection and Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth. Auxiliarist volunteer more than 2 million hours annually to benefit other boaters and their families. 

The Four Cornerstones of the Auxiliary

Member Services
Recreational Boating Safety
Operations and Marine Safety

What is the purpose of the Coast Guard Auxiliary?

  • The Purpose of the Auxiliary is to assist the Coast Guard
  • To promote safety and to effect search and rescues on and over the high seas and on navigable waters.
  • To promote efficiency in the operation of motorboats and yachts.
  • To foster a wider knowledge of, and better compliance with, the laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of motorboats and yachts through safe boating classes.
  • To facilitate other operations of the Coast Guard.
(Title 14 U.S.C. 822)



 Get Started in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary!

Thank you for inquiring about how to become a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Because the job we do is often sensitive and could involve national security issues, Coast Guard Auxiliary applicants receive security and background checks as a routine part of the membership process.

To receive more information from a flotilla near you, please complete the form found at this link. Once you have submitted it, you will be contacted by a staff member from our flotilla for further discussions.