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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all missions, except military and law enforcement actions.

 The Coast Guard’s philosophy is to be SEMPER PARATUS (ALWAYS READY) against all threats and all hazards. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an integral part of that philosophy and the Coast Guard Forces.

Come Join The Coast Guard Auxiliary We conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, as well as many other activities.
The Auxiliary has members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico,

the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.

 Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 17 years old, and pass a basic check. There are no upper age limits or height/weight standards, although for operational activities, you must be physically able to perform certain tasks. There are no minimum service hours – you can serve as little or as much as you want.

 You do not have to own a boat or participate in water-based operations to join the Auxiliary.

 Finally, the Auxiliary supports its members through local unit meetings, regional conferences and enjoys heartfelt fellowship with each other.

What can I do

Chart your own course for the future

As a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you will be able to choose
from many exciting opportunities for service. You can be challenged to learn, train and excel in areas and at levels you didn’t think you were capable of, all at your own pace and in your own time. And you will be formally recognized by the Auxiliary, the USCG and our country for your accomplishments.
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  • Help save lives––Through boating safety instruction in the classroom, through Vessel Safety Checks, or in on-the water operations. Your direct contribution to boating public safety can,
    and often does, literally save lives.

  • Increase your skills––Take advantage of advanced training in surface operations, leadership, or one of the many courses
    available through the Auxiliary and Coast Guard. As a member
    of the Auxiliary, there are no fees for these courses.

    You can learn or greatly enhance your boating skills. Once
    qualified, you can use your own boat if you have one and help train new crews and members of the future.

    You can leverage your existing talents, skills and experience to
    gain new positions and qualifications as you progress in the Auxiliary.

  • Support the Coast Guard–– Become qualified to serve at Coast Guard units in radio watchstanding, marine environmental
    protection, Homeland Security, and other operational and administrative support.

  • Fun and fellowship–– Enjoy the company of fellow Auxiliarists during training missions, at meetings, or social events. We enjoy
    our work and we enjoy each other’s company!

  • Sharpen your leadership skills - Bring your leadership skills to
    the Coast Guard Auxiliary, or let us teach you how to be a great leader.


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