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Are YOU ready to Answer the Call?


To join the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, you must meet the following criteria:

• Must be a United States citizen

• At least 17 years of age

• No criminal background (minor misdemeanors, such as certain traffic violations do not disqualify)

• Willingness to participate in Operations (boating, aviation, radio), Prevention (Marine Environmental Safety and Port Operations), Public Education or other non-military roles suitable for unarmed, non-law enforcement volunteers

• Willingness to support the Auxiliary and the U.S. Coast Guard

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An Employee ID is assigned and a Personnel Security Investigation (PSI) is conducted by USCG, pursuant to submitting an application, fingerprints, a dues payment* and other paperwork. If a suitable PSI results, the new member is photographed and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issues a non-military identification card.

You will NOT be required to:
      • Move or relocate
      • Pass a physical fitness exam**
      • Report to “Basic Training”
      • Conform to the Uniform Code of Military Justice
      • Go on deployment
      • Own a boat or aircraft

*Dues are $52 per year. They go toward supporting our national infrastructure and funding items and events not provided by the Coast Guard.

**Members seeking qualification as Air Crew or Pilots must obtain an FAA Third Class Medical Certificate.

How to Join

If you are ready to answer the call, you can take the following steps:

1. Contact Us

2. Complete the Membership Application

3. Show up at the American Legion Post, 818 South Church St, Smithfield, VA on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. (Click here for map)