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Auxiliary Manual

The U.S. Coast Guard is pleased to present the Auxiliary Manual to the 31,000 plus
member volunteer force and to the Coast Guard community as a whole. Since this
Manual was last revised, the Auxiliary has proven its organizational resiliency and
capacity to handle significant challenges. It effectively institutionalized mandatory
background check requirements for its membership and all new enrollees, it
implemented the most sweeping changes in its history to its organizational structure
from national to flotilla levels, and it considerably broadened the spectrum of its support
to Coast Guard missions, units, and personnel.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s respect and appreciation for its Auxiliary shipmates has also
been encapsulated since this Manual’s last revision in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Policy Statement which immediately follows this page. It provides the foundation of
recognition and support for the tremendous service, sacrifice, and commitment that
Auxiliarists readily provide the Coast Guard every day. The significance and value of
Auxiliary support to recreational boating safety, search and rescue, marine safety and
environmental protection, maritime domain awareness, waterways and coastal security,
and many other Coast Guard missions have never been greater, and they remain
essential to our nation’s maritime homeland security.

The Auxiliary Manual serves as the primary policy guide for the administration and
management of the Auxiliary. It outlines the duties, responsibilities, and expectations of
Auxiliarists as they continue to deliver vital services and assist the Coast Guard in
shaping, preparing, and applying its mission capability through the 21st century. We
extend our deep gratitude to the extraordinary Auxiliarists and Coast Guard service
members who assisted in developing this Manual, and we wish you all the best as you
carry out your duties and responsibilities in support of the Coast Guard and the Nation.
Your continued support and dedication are greatly appreciated. Semper Paratus!