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Why Join the Auxiliary? 
Created by Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary serves as the civilian, non-military component of the Coast Guard. Today, over 26,000 volunteers are active on waterways and in classrooms across the nation. Each year, Auxiliarists save over 300 lives, assist over 10,000 boaters in distress, conduct more than 109,000 vessel safety checks and teach over 130,000 students in boating and water safety courses. The results of these efforts save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

Be Part of the Action & Help Save Lives 
Recreational boating in the United States is growing rapidly. The Coast Guard Auxiliary needs volunteers. As an Auxiliarist, you will have the opportunity to select and participate in one or more of the Auxiliary's major programs. If you feel strongly about the rewards you can get from serving your community, the Coast Guard Auxiliary may be the right place for you. From on-the-water Operations, Public Education programs, Vessel Examination programs, Coast Guard Recruiting or Marine Environmental Protection, the Auxiliary has opportunities for almost everyone.

Increase Your Skills 
The Auxiliary and the Coast Guard provide specialized training on all aspects of boating, as well as leadership and administration. Auxiliarists receive training in seamanship and related skills, and enjoy the sense of confidence of knowing that they are better and safer boaters.

Support the Coast Guard 
Auxiliarists provide direct operational and administrative support to many local Coast Guard units. Qualified Auxiliarists take part in Search and Rescue operations, stand radio watch at Coast Guard Stations or work with local Marine Safety Offices.

Service To Your Community 
Auxiliarists service their community and are not paid. They furnish and maintain their own equipment and choose to participate at a level tailored to our individual capabilities. They provide boating safety classes for youth and adults and examine recreational vessels for safety equipment to ensure that our neighbors will be safe on the waterways.

Enjoy Fun & Fellowship 
One of the Auxiliary's trademarks is hospitality. At meetings and training sessions, on patrols and other missions, and at ceremonies and social events, we share the fellowship of other Auxiliarists. Friends, neighbors and interested members of the public are always welcome to attend our flotilla meetings. There is a special camaraderie among Auxiliarists that's hard to beat. Auxiliarists make lasting, meaningful friendships. Knowing that you belong to a special group of people and directly participate in helping save lives gives your Auxiliary membership a special meaning.
Other Benefits of Membership
Other benefits include: 
  • Eligibility for PenFed Credit Union
  • Limited Exchange access
  • Insurance coverage
Once "Basically Qualified," new members then will be entitled to many benefits such as:
  • Wear the Coast Guard Auxiliary uniform
  • Fly the Auxiliary Ensign on their inspected vessel
  • Seek and receive advanced Auxiliary and USCG training
  • Vote at flotilla meetings and be appointed to various offices
The pride of wearing the Auxiliary uniform is amplified by the Auxiliary awards system. Your efforts will be recognized and rewarded.

Service Areas/Opportunities 
Flotilla 23-3 Greater Annapolis has numerous opportunities for members to become involved in all aspects of boating. Members participate as much as their time allows.
  • PUBLIC EDUCATION- Teaching courses on boating safety, navigation, and seamanship to recreational boaters of all ages
  • VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS - Giving free safety checks to recreational and commercial fishing vessels. 
  • OPERATIONS - Providing boaters and the Coast Guard helpful information and emergency assistance
  • MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION - Promoting clean waterways through marine pollution awareness programs that help to recognize, protect and assess the environment
  • RECRUITING - Building a stronger Coast Guard team through promoting awareness of career opportunities for service
  • ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT- Assisting the Coast Guard in areas such as computer operations, radio watchstanding, publications and public affairs
Membership Eligibility
Requirements for membership are as follows:
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Ownership of a boat, aircraft, or radio station, or special skills would be desirable, but are not mandatory
  • Must pass a background investigation
We are always looking for new members. If you have the desire to serve in one of the finest volunteer programs in the country; and, at the same time, serve your country and reap the rewards of a job well done, then you should inquire into membership in the Coast Guard Auxiliary! If you would like more information about becoming a member of Flotilla 23-3 Greater Annapolis (or any other Flotilla), the best way is to join us at one of our monthly meetings. Please feel free to join us at:
    3425 Thomas Point Road
    Annapolis, MD. 21403
Meetings are held at 7:00pm on the the 2nd Thursday of each month
If you are interested in obtaining more information about joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary, contact us  via e-mail and start your journey.