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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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