JOIN THE AUXILIARY
Since its creation by Congress in 1939,
the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (the Auxiliary) has served as the
civilian, non-military component of the Coast Guard. Today, the 30,000
volunteer men and women of the Auxiliary are active on the waterways and
classrooms in over 2,000 cities and towns across the nation.
Each year, Auxiliarists 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 saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
WHY JOIN THE AUXILIARY?
- Be Part of the Action & Help
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, Courtesy Examination Program, Radio Watchstander,
Coast Guard Recruiting, Marine Environmental Protection or Coast
- Increase Your 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 and safer boaters.
- 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 Team Coast Guard. When
you qualify through training, you can take part in Search and Rescue
operations, stand radio watch at the Coast Guard Station, work with
the Marine Safety Office on pollution matters or work in the
- 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.
- Enjoy Fun & Fellowship
In all activities, enjoy fellowship - the good company of
other Auxiliarists at meetings and training sessions, on patrols and
other missions, and at ceremonies and social events. One of he
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, dedication to
boating safety provides the atmosphere for getting together to swap
boating experiences and participate in cruises and rendezvous.
You'll find a special camaraderie among Auxiliarists that's hard to
beat. There's time to relax and have fun at Auxiliary outings,
training sessions, patrols, CMEs, classes, and conferences.
Auxiliarists make lasting, meaningful friendships. Knowing that you
belong to a special group of people and directly participate in
helping save lives gives your Auxiliary membership a special
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