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Why Be a Member?

Be Part of the Action & Help Save Lives

Since the recreational boating population in the United States is growing rapidly, the Coast Guard Auxiliary needs a few good men and women like you. As an Auxiliarist, you will have the opportunity to select and participate in one or more of the Auxiliary's major programs. If you feel strongly about the rewards you can get from serving your community, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is the right place for you! Either through on- water Operations, the Auxiliary's Public Education Program, Courtesy Examination Program, Radio Watchstander, Coast Guard Recruiting, Marine Environmental Protection or Coast Guard Administration.

Increase Your Skills

The Auxiliary and the Coast Guard provide specialized training on all aspects of boating, as well as leadership and administration. Auxiliarists receive valuable training in seamanship and related skills, and enjoy the sense of confidence of knowing that they are better and safer boaters.

Support the Coast Guard

Auxiliarists provide direct operational and administrative support to many local Coast Guard units. You can wear the Coast Guard Auxiliary uniform and become part of Team Coast Guard. When you qualify through training, you can take part in Search and Rescue operations, stand radio watch at the Coast Guard Station, work with the Marine Safety Office on pollution matters or work in the Recruiting Office.

Service to Your Community

Auxiliarists aren't paid with money, but with satisfaction. We furnish and maintain our own equipment and can choose to participate at a level tailored to our individual capabilities. We provide boating safety classes for youth and adults and examine recreational vessel for safety equipment to ensure that our neighbors will be safe on the waterways.

Enjoy Fun & 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 he 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, CMEs, 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.

Additional Courses for Auxiliary Members       

            Auxiliary Operations (AUXOP Courses)
            Auxiliary Communications (AUXCOM)
            Auxiliary Patrols (AUXPAT)
            Auxiliary Search & Rescue (AUXSAR)
            Auxiliary Seamanship (AUXSEA)
            Auxiliary Weather (AUXWEA)
            Auxiliary Navigation (AUXNAV)

      Non-AUXOP Courses
             Administrative Procedures
             Instructor Development
             Incident Command System

    Value Added Training
             Electronic Communications
             The New Member - First 6 Months
             Influencing the Spectator Fleet Program Management
             AUXDATA / AUXINFO
             Rules of Order

    Professional Management Series (PDS) Independent Study Courses
            Principals of Emergency Management - IS230            
            Emergency Planning - IS235                                        
            Effective Communications - IS242                              
            Decision Making and Problem Solving - IS241            
            Leadership and Influence ~ IS 240            
            Developing and Managing Volunteers - IS244             
            Exercise Design ~ IS 139            

    Coast Guard Schools
           Leadership Develop Framework
           Coast Guard Leadership and Management School

     Auxiliary "C" Schools
          Leadership and Management Course AUX.,01 ,02,02a,02b - 3 hrs college
          Distance Education Technology Training - AUX-04
          ATON & Chart Updating - Private Aids - AUX-06
          Info Systems Staff Training - AUX-1 0
          Public Affairs Training - AUX12
          Coxswain Academy - AUX-13
          District Flight Safety Officer (DSDP) Training -AUX-14
          Air Coordinator (AAe) Training- AUX-15
          District Staff Officer Aviation (DSO-AV) AUX-16
          Crew Resource Management/Operational Risk Management - AUX-17
          Aviation Spatial Disorientation Training - AUX-18

Requirements for Membership -- How to Sign Up
Membership is open to any citizen of the U.S. and its territories and possessions, who is seventeen years of age or older, subject to a favorable security screen.  Facility (radio station, vessel, or aircraft) ownership and special skills are desirable, but not mandatory.  Auxiliary membership is open to all U.S. citizens who are current Coast Guard active duty personnel or former members of any uniformed service and their Reserve components, to include the Coast Guard, discharged under honorable conditions.

For additional information contact this Staff Officer. This officer can also help locate the closest flotilla and can help with the administrative work necessary for membership.