JOIN THE AUXILIARY
WHAT IS THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY?
Since its creation by
Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has served as the civilian,
non-military component of the Coast Guard. Today, the 30,000 volunteer
men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are active on the waterways
and classrooms in over 2,000 cities and towns across the nation. Each
year, Auxiliarists (folks just like you) save almost 500 lives, assist
some 15,000 boaters in distress, conduct more than 150,000 courtesy
safety examinations of recreational vessels, and teach over 500,000
students in boating and water safety courses. The results of these efforts
save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
Auxiliarists must be citizens
of the United States or its territories and be at least 17 years of
Be part of the
action and help save lives. Since the recreational boating
population in the United States is growing rapidly, the Coast Guard
Auxiliary needs a few good men and women like you. 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 is the right place for you! Either through on-water operations,
the Auxiliary’s public education program, vessel safety check
program, radio watchstanding, Coast Guard recruiting programs, marine
environmental protection or Coast Guard administration support.
skills. The Auxiliary and the Coast Guard provide specialized
training on all aspects of boating, as well as leadership and administration.
Auxiliarists receive valuable training in seamanship and related skills,
and enjoy the sense of confidence of knowing that they are better, safer
Support the Coast
Guard. Auxiliarists provide direct operational and administrative
support to many local Coast Guard units. You can wear the Coast Guard
Auxiliary uniform and become part of the Coast Guard Forces. When you
qualify through training, you can take part in search-and-rescue (SAR)
operations, stand radio watch at a Coast Guard station, work with a
marine safety office on pollution matters or work in a recruiting office.
Service to your
community. Auxiliarists aren’t paid with money, but with
satisfaction. We furnish and maintain our own equipment and can choose
to participate at a level tailored to our individual capabilities. We
provide boating safety classes for youth and adults and examine recreational
vessel for safety equipment to ensure that our neighbors will be safe
on the waterways.
Coast Guard Federal
Credit Union: As an Auxiliarist, you qualify to join the Coast
Guard Federal Credit Union. This all the services of a bank, but returns
profits to the members instead of stockholders. From savings and checking
accounts to home equity lines of credit, the credit union has a lot
Coast Guard Mutual
Assistance Fund: This program provides an emergency fund that
can provide fast financial relief when a member faces an unexpected
or “impossible” financial burden that would cause personal
hardship if no assistance were provided. Auxiliarists may apply for
such a loan and are considered as “Sponsor Members” under
the program. If approved, the emergency loan is interest-free.
Coast Guard Work-Life
Programs: Auxiliarists can take advantage of certain Coast
Guard Work-Life Programs such as Family, Wellness, Dependent Resources,
Employee Assistance and Relocation Assistance.
A variety of insurance programs benefit the Auxiliarist operating under
Coast Guard orders. This includes medical, hospitalization, disability
and death benefits should an accident occur in the performance of your
duty. If your boat, aircraft or other authorized Auxiliary facility
is damaged or destroyed while legitimately engaged in Auxiliary operations,
coverage for repairs or replacement would be provided. Government liability
coverage protects the Auxiliarist from third-party claims made as a
result of actions that occur when the Auxiliarist is performing authorized
missions and has been properly assigned to duty.
Auxiliarists in uniform, with proper identification, can purchase anything
sold in the Coast Guard Exchange Stores except liquor and cigarettes.
Dependents may accompany Auxiliarists to the Exchange, but may not make
individual purchases. Members of the Auxiliary are also welcome at Department
of Defense Exchanges, but only uniform items or accessories may be purchased.
Members receive the Auxiliary National publication, The Navigator,
their own district publication, and other bulletins to keep abreast
of Coast Guard, Auxiliary and general boating information.
Uniforms and Awards:
The pride of wearing the Auxiliary uniform is amplified by awards and
advancement, with ample opportunities to receive recognition by completing
Auxiliary training courses and participating in programs authorized
by your flotilla leadership.
Uniforms, their cleaning and maintenance, and reasonable out of pocket
expenses incurred in the performance of your duties are considered contributions
for tax purposes. The foregoing is not intended to be advice on deductibility.
Your should consult your professional tax advisor.
One of the Auxiliary’s trademarks is good old-fashioned hospitality.
Friends, neighbors and interested members of the public are always welcome
to attend one of our flotilla meetings. In addition, you will find a
special camaraderie among Auxiliarists that’s hard to beat. Along
with our missions we find time to relax and have fun at Auxiliary outings,
training sessions, patrols, VSCs, classes and conferences. Auxiliarists
form lasting, meaningful friendships.
District 9 ER has flotillas
throughout Northern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Upstate New York.
To find the flotilla nearest you, please use our
Finder or click here to E-mail a district personnel officer. Also
feel free to visit our
recruiting page or call our national recruiting hotline at 1 (877)