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How to Join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

When joining the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, you will join a Flotilla.  Our Division has three Flotillas from which to choose.  Below is information about who is eligible to join the Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as instructions describing how to join.

Eligibility:

  • minimum of 17 years of age; no upper limit
  • cannot have been convicted of a felony
  • no phyical requirements other than you must be physically and mentally capable of doing the jobs you choose

Contact:

  • the Division Staff Officer for Human Resources - look in About Division 45 in the menu items on the left and see who the HR officer is.
  • the Division Staff Officer for HR will put in contact with the Flotilla Staff Officer for HR in whichever Flotilla you are interested in joining - look in About Division 45 in the menu items on the left and click on Our Area to see the Flotillas in our Division.

      OR

  • Click on Flotillas in the menu items on the left.
  • Then click on whichever Flotilla interests you, and go to About Flotilla 0X to see who the Flotilla Staff Officer for HR is.
  • Contact that FSO-HR.

Be prepared to:

  • interview with FSO-HR and FC and submit formal application
  • undergo a Personal Security Background Check, with fingerprints
  • learn about history of USCG AUX and our chain of leadership
  • take short exam on history and leadership
  • find out what opportunities there are for you in the Auxiliary
  • learn the tasks associated with the opportunities you choose
  • give back to the Flotilla by attending monthly meetings and being active in the areas of opportunities you choose

Once your application is submitted:

  • you will be assigned a mentor for new members, who will share you with mentor(s) in your area(s) of interest
  • you may train all you want at whatever opportunity/ies you choose (please realize that how fast you progress depends on the amount of time you make for Auxiliary activities)
  • you should attend Flotilla (and perhaps Division) meetings
  • BUT you may not be able to get officially qualified in all your area(s) of interest until your background check is approved.

What's In It For You?

  • the pride we have to be a part of the U.S. Coast Guard, working side by side with Coasties and fellow Auxiliarists
  • training the Auxiliary offers, including Coast Guard C Schools
  • gain boating knowledge and experience
  • the opportunity to offer your experiences for a worthy cause
  • helping others
  • giving back to your community, your country, and response to 9-11
  • wearing the uniform
  • purchases at any Coast Guard exchanges as well as the Truax Field Base Exchange
  • purchases through Shop Auxiliary and associated vendors
  • access to the Armed Forces Vacation Club
  • fellowship with over 30,000 members worldwide, make friends, have fun