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Once You Have Your Member # - A Check List

ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR MEMBER NUMBER

  1. As soon as you get your member number you should obtain a "member zone" password.  Log onto AUXOFFICER - which can also be done using the navigation link above under "AUX MEMBERS".  Click on the "Obtain New Password" button and follow the instructions.  You must use the Email address you provided when you signed up for the Auxiliary.  Your member number and the password you set here will be used for most of the data systems in the Auxiliary -- pick an easy to remember (for you) password.  Your member number and password give you access to the member's only area of all of our web sites (including this one).  Click here to download a handy user's guide for AUXOFFICER.

  2. Learn how to complete the on-line 7029 report so you can submit your hours to your FSO-IS (Flotilla Information Services Officer).  This is also on the drop down tab above or use this link to go directly.  You should report all hours you spend including travel and preparation (putting on a uniform).  Time spent training is reported as 99D (member training time) while time at meetings is 99E (other) unless you are an officer in which case use 99A (leadership). The form should be submitted monthly no matter how many or how few hours are on it.  Also include mileage and un-reimbursed expenses.  Talk to your mentor or FC if you have questions.  Click here to download a handy user's guide for the 7029 web form.

  3. Take (and pass) a boating safety course or challenge the exam.  Note that if you had taken a boating safety course and that information was submitted with your application you can skip this step.  After you take the course give your Flotilla Commander a copy of the course completion certificate - the FC will submit it to DIRAUX so your member status will become BQ (Basically Qualified).  

  4. Applies to Division 2 Members Only - Regularly check the "What's happening" page of this web site - its a 3 month look ahead of what is going on in Division 2.  You can find out which Flotilla is teaching a boating safety course, when then next Public Affairs event is being held, or when there is a marina day vessel safety check event.  If so inclined there is also a Google Calendar showing Division wide activities.

  5. MANDATED TRAINING - There are 8 classes mandated by the Department of Homeland Security for all Coast Guard members including Auxiliarists - new members must complete all of these classes withing the first year of membership.  The classes are available on line or can be classroom taught by instructor (IT) qualified personnel.  Information about HOW to take the on line classes (and information for instructors interested in teaching one or more of the classes) is available on the National Member Training web site.  If you do not take the courses through the National Test Center and do so by viewing the videos or downloading and reviewing the Adobe files you need to "self certify" that you have done so.  This link has instructions and a link to the self certification form , send the completed form to your FSO-IS.

  6. Take and pass the Incident Command System 100 and Incident Command System 700) courses.  Because these are non-Coast Guard courses you'll need to forward the passing score Email to your Flotilla Commander for inclusion into your training record.

  7. Take and pass the BASIC QUALIFICATION COURSE by logging onto this link which gives you complete instructions on how to take the course (through the Auxiliary Learning System) and how to take the end of module exams (through the Auxiliary National Testing Center).  The goals of the seven Module units of the Basic Qualification Course are to provide you with a basic level of knowledge upon which you can build your volunteer “career” in the Auxiliary and effectively work with active duty members of the Coast Guard.  Upon completion of all seven modules, you will have a strong basis of knowledge about the key aspects of working with the Coast Guard as an Auxiliarist. Auxiliary Members who are familiar with the customs, traditions and history of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, understand our Missions and Programs, the organizational structure, the policies and regulations that guide us, and understand the protocols and proper uniform wear will be far better prepared to serve the Coast Guard than less knowledgeable Members.

  8. Now is the time to look up your own name in AUXDIRECTORY -   Review your skills bank data and update if necessary (your FSO-IS will be notified automatically).  Also check your own personal information and update if necessary.  Remind yourself to do this check every 6 months or so.  Check to see that your completion of Mandated Training shows (the Qualification Line shows MANTR) and verify that completion of all 7 modules of the Basic Qualification Course show up in your record. Direct any questions to your FSO-IS or FSO-MT.

  9. Set a time to sit down with your mentor and complete a member involvement plan -- basically where do you want to go from here and how do you get there.  You might be directed to work with a staff officer of senior member in your area of interest or perhaps a class or two is needed and you'll be pointed in that direction.  Schedule this meeting after you have completed the Basic Qualification Course - you'll get some ideas working through it.  (Because of file size limitations the Member Involvement Plan can't be loaded on this web site, use Auxdirectory to contact your Flotilla's HR or MT officer for a copy.)

Within the first 6 months of membership you should be working on becoming qualified  in one or more areas - some qualifications may take more work and/or time than others:

  • Vessel Examiner
  • Public Education Instructor
  • Recreation Boating Safety Program Visitor
  • Aids to Navigation Verifier
  • On the Water Operations  (Crew)
  • Telecommunications Operator (TCO)
  • US Coast Guard Direct Support at the District, Sector, or Station.

 

Within the first year you should be actively engaged in your chosen field(s) and mentoring up and coming Auxiliarists. By stepping up and educating the newer members you will hone your own skill set and further your knowledge of the AOR you are working in. You should also be aligning yourself as staff officer in a specific field or in some other way begin your specialization.

Need Help -- Feel free to consult with your mentor, the FSO-MT, the FSO-HR, your Flotilla Vice Commander or even the Flotilla Commander if you need assistance.  Protocol says you should try your mentor first, the staff officers next, and then if all else fails the VFC or FC.

Information and links current as of 7 June 2017