USCG AUX Organization
Although under the authority of the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Auxiliary is internally autonomous, operating on four organizational levels: Flotilla, Division, District/Regions and National.
- Flotilla - The Flotilla is the basic organizational unit of the Auxiliary and is comprised of at least 15 qualified members who carry out Auxiliary program activities. Every Auxiliarist is a member of a local Flotilla. Each Flotilla is headed by a Flotilla Commander (FC) and Flotilla Vice Commander (VFC). These officers are elected by the flotilla membership.
- Division - For maximum administrative effectiveness in carrying out Auxiliary programs, Flotillas in the same general geographic area are grouped into Divisions. The Division provides administrative, training and supervisory support to Flotillas and promotes District policy. Each Division is headed by a Division Commander (DCDR), and Division Vice Commander (DVCDR) and usually consists of five or more Flotillas. These officers are elected by the Flotilla Commanders within the Division.
- District/Region - Flotillas and Divisions are organized in Districts comparable to the Coast Guard Districts and must be assigned the same district number. Some Districts are further divided into Regions. The District/Region provides administrative and supervisory support to Divisions, promotes policies of both the District Commander and National Auxiliary Committee. All Districts and Regions are led by a District Commodore (DCO), District Chief-of-Staff (DCOS), and District Captains (DCPT), under the guidance of the Coast Guard District Commander. These officers are elected by the Division Commanders within the District/Region. At this level, Coast Guard officers are assigned to oversee and promote the Auxiliary programs.
- National - The Auxiliary has national officers who are responsible, along with the Commandant, for the administration and policy-making for the entire Auxiliary. These officers comprise the National Executive Committee (NEXCOM) that is composed of the Chief Director of Auxiliary (an Active Duty officer), National Commodore and the National Vice Commodores. The National Commodore and Vice Commodore are elected by the Division Commodores.
- NEXCOM and the National Staff make up the Auxiliary Headquarters organization. The Chief Director is a senior Coast Guard officer and directs the administration of the Auxiliary on policies established by the Commandant. The overall supervision of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is under the Assistant Commandant for Operations (G-O), who reports directly to the Commandant.