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So you've joined the CG Auxiliary - Now What?


Putting AP Members to Work

You are a member in AP Status.  What can you do? 
First understand everything we do is governed by Federal law and the Commandant’s Instructions for the Auxiliary. Auxiliarists in Approval Pending (AP) status still have huge opportunities to train and qualify in virtually any program in the Auxiliary.
While we understand that you may be frustrated by AP status, you should know that there are still a great many opportunities open to you – far, far more than those that may be closed or difficult.
New members:
Are issued Member NumbersVote  Pay duesWear the uniform of the Coast Guard AuxiliaryServe on committeesTake any and all Auxiliary coursesTake any and all end-of-course exams associated with these courses


New Members in AP Status

May train and qualify in any program of the Auxiliary just as other Auxiliarists in IQ, BQ, or AUXOP status other than for coxswain, aviation certification, citizenship verifier or fingerprint technician.Until a new member receives a favorable security determination, aviation and boat coxswain certification will be limited to interim certifications, which may be granted by their DIRAUXUntil a new member receives a favorable security determination, elected and staff officer positions will require an interim waiver granted by their DIRAUXIt is important for you to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do some homework. Your officers and flotilla shipmates should find mentors to assist you with your tasks.  Be proactive and work with them and familiarize yourself with the Auxiliary Manual.  Being a member of the United States Coast Guard team carries the responsibility of completing required training and obtaining a favorable personal security investigation (PSI). This applies to every Auxiliary member from the newest to the National Commodore.  It is easy to take on too much at first; focus on being proficient in one program at a time. When your favorable security determination comes through you will no longer be required to team up with a fellow member who is already IQ, BQ or AX. You will be able to represent the Coast Guard and Auxiliary on your own at boat ramps, public affairs events and so much more.  You will also be able to help mentor others in the wide variety of Auxiliary activities.Further details and information are available in the on-line Auxiliary Manual at: , and in the Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQ) at:

Now That You're a Member

Upon completing the Basic Qualification exam, your membership application is sent for approval by the 9th Coast Guard District Director of Auxiliary. Upon approval, you will be issued a member number and your CertificateCoast Guard Auxiliary Ensign will be forwarded to the Flotilla Commander. You will then be administered a Member Pledge to support the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and its purposes. 

Topical Blue - Long UniformAs a member, you can wear the Auxiliary uniform, display the Auxiliary Blue Ensign on your "Facility" and perform certain tasks for the Auxiliary and/or the Coast Guard. You are also eligible to start on a series of courses provided at no cost to you. These courses prepare you to actively support programs and missions in the Auxiliary, and administrative and operations support for the Coast Guard. The courses available are as follows:


You may decide to advance to and become an "Operational Auxiliarist (AUXOP) Member." AUXOP involves passing six specialty courses, Communications, Patrols, Navigation, Seamanship, Search & Rescue, and Weather. You may just take some of these courses to enhance your skills in selected areas. You may also take U.S. Coast Guard Academy correspondence courses as additional skill enhancements.

       Auxiliary Support

       Boat Crew and Coxswain 
       Vessel Examiner
       Information Systems, etc

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    Coast Guard Support

        Marine Safety
        Navigation Systems

When you decide to participate in on-the-water activities, you will go through a Boat Crew Qualification process which will train you to crew on AUXILIARY OPERATIONAL FACILITIES while under Coast Guard orders, or to crew on COAST GUARD CUTTERS. The first qualification level is BOAT CREW MEMBER, and the second, and "ultimate" level, is AUXILIARY COXSWAIN.

Most Boat Crew training is "on-the-water" and will be aboard Auxiliary boats other than your own. Passing a boating safety course (ABS course) is not a prerequisite to joining the Auxiliary, but it is required before you can commence training to become boat crew qualified to serve on Auxiliary or Coast Guard vessels.