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Response Directorate Program Information and Documents

This section of our Directorates' web provides information and links to documents and manuals about the Program Operations activities for AUXAIR, Surface, and TeleCommunications

The primary document for information on Response program operations is:

Auxiliary Operations Process Guides: Found Here

Vol I - General Surface

Vol II - Air Operations

Vol III - Telecommunications 

These guides outline policies and procedures necessary for effective operation of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Coast Guard Auxiliary has been a critical part of the Coast Guard’s historic transition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Auxiliary now assumes the role and responsibility as the Department’s lead organization of dedicated volunteers. These guides further help set the course for the ready, reliable, and relevant Auxiliary operational support to the full spectrum of Coast Guard missions, both traditional and new, and in a different and far more complex maritime security environment. These guides should be reviewed in their entirety.

Another useful area to look at is our "Best Practices" page which contains tips guidelines and information on some best practices for each of our main divisions:

Looking for information on Global Distress and Safety Systems/Digital Selective Calling info GMDSS/DSC.  Click on this link.

We also have a "Frequently Asked Questions" page with sections for each of our divisions.

Maritime Domain Awareness is a key component of much of what we do in the Auxiliary.  Click here for a useful document "Maritime Domain Awareness Operations Check List".

All Auxiliarists are authorized and encouraged to wear the various Auxiliary uniforms or the Blue Blazer outfit.  Some Coast Guard and Auxiliary programs and activities require that Auxiliarists wear a uniform when participating.   When we took our oath to join the organization we committed to wearing the uniform proudly and correctly.  For further information on the wearing of the various uniforms take a look at this page.