Frequently Asked Questions for 6-4 Lorain, OH Flotilla
General Questions About the Auxiliary
What is the Coast Guard Auxiliary?The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard ("USCG") and currently part of Homeland Security. The Auxiliary is authorized to support all USCG missions, other than those related to direct engagement in either law enforcement activities or military combat operations.
Where can I get more online information about the Auxiliary?
- U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary official web portal
- United States Coast Guard Auxiliary on Wikipedia
- Join the USCGA Video
- Auxiliary Introduction Video
- AUXILIARY MANUAL (710 pages, 7.23 MB)
- For New Members on this site (public access permitted)
What are the requirements to join?
- United States citizenship
- Minimum 17 years of age
- No criminal background (minor misdemeanors, such as certain traffic violations do not disqualify)
- Willingness to participate in boating, aviation, radio communications, or other areas in support of the U.S. Coast Guard
- Interest in supporting the aims of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Auxiliary
Where and when do you meet?
Except for special events or circumstances, we meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 19:00 hours (7PM) and at the Lorain Coast Guard Station. See Map.
How much does it cost to join?
Dues vary by flotilla but ours is $47 per year (as of 2016). A small charge may be required by whatever agency you use for the required fingerprint set. In addition, Auxiliarists pay for their own uniforms.
Do I need a uniform?
The uniforms of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary serve to distinguish Auxiliarists from members of other civilian auxiliaries and of other armed services. Auxiliarists are expected to wear a uniform intended for the situation and mission.
What can I do in the Auxiliary?
There are many, many opportunities to serve effectively in the USCGA. Most Auxiliary training is equivalent to that of the regular Coast Guard. It is rigorous, challenging, and rewarding. One of the most valuable assets we provide to the USCG is that of station watch-standing in which we man the radio for distress and other traffic, take land-line calls, and monitor base security. In addition, we can get orders to augment on-water security checks, monitor environmental conditions, confirm aids to navigation, and help protect the public from potential hazards. In addition, we autonomously perform free vessel safety checks, provide Ohio Boating Education Course seminars, and help promulgate the U.S. Coast Guard's mission to advance the need for boating safety to the general public.
Why join the Coast Guard Auxiliary?
Short answer: Volunteerism and Service. When you join the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you could find yourself saving lives, protecting the environment from polluters, guarding our shores from terrorists and much more. Plus:
- Instantly have a group of friends with a common interest
- Opportunities to learn advanced boating techniques
- Obtain Homeland Security ID and clearance
- A chance to work alongside Active Duty USCG Personnel and help your fellow man.
I am thinking about joining. How do I get started?
Vessel Inspections How much does it cost for a vessel inspection by the Auxiliary?
We provide this service at no charge.
What happens if my boat fails an Auxiliary inspection?
Our inspections are very rigorous and are in high conformance to national and local standards. However, we do not report, nor do we issue any citations for, vessels not in compliance. The Auxiliary is about safety and not about enforcement.
How can I arrange for a vessel inspection by the USCGA?
If you are near Lorain, Ohio, please use are contact form here. Otherwise, find a flotilla near you here.
We are always ready to serve you.