New Applicant Info
So you have been to your first flotilla meeting, and you have decided that you and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be a good fit. Here in the "Aux," we like to hit the ground running. Your first step is to read the Reference Guide, and take the New Applicant Exam (the Reference Guide still has the former title "New Member" but that's okay). There's no pressure - the test is open book. Both the Reference Guide and its test are available for download right here. You can bring your completed test to your next flotilla meeting.
As a brand new flotilla member, you cannot wear the uniform just yet. But do come to your flotilla meetings - there are many people to meet, and there is much to learn!
In about ninety days (barring the unexpected), the Director of Auxiliary (DIRAUX for short) will notify your flotilla commander that you can proceed to the next phase called "Provisional Membership." Upon concurrence from your flotilla commander, the DIRAUX will issue you your first Coast Guard Auxiliary ID card. You can now wear the uniform and participate in a wide range of activities.
Your new ID card shows that your are in something called "AP" (Application Pending) status. This legacy term really means that your Personal Security Investigation (PSI) is still pending. PSIs used to take a long, long time, but now they only take a few more months to complete.
Members in AP status can participate in most Auxiliary activities (there are a few exceptions). Your time in AP status is a good opportunity to take the new Basic Qualification Course (BQC II for short) can be accessed at the Coast Guard Auxiliary's Online Classroom. BQC II is not (yet) required, but is very informative and useful. Even Auxiliarists with many years of service say that they have learned from it.
The Coast Guard has established Mandated Training requirements for Active Duty and Auxiliary personnel alike As a new member in AP status, this is a good time to knock off your ten Mandated Training courses. Your flotilla will assist you with that.
Finally, you will need to take an approved one-day boating safety course. Your flotilla will assist you with that also.
If your PSI check goes well and you have finished your boating safety course, then you will be accorded the status of BQ (Basically Qualified). At that point, you will be a full-fledged member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary! Members in BQ status who have completed Mandated Training can aspire to serving in appointed or elected office, to commanding Auxiliary aircraft and boats, and to assisting Active Duty units.