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 36,000 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.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 17 years old, and pass a basic background check. There are no upper age limits or height standards, although for operational activities, you must be physically able to perform certain tasks. There are no minimal service hours -- you can serve as little or as much as you want.
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.
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, 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 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 to offer.
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.
Insurance: 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.
Exchange Priveleges: 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.
Publications: 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.
Tax Deductions: 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. You should consult your professional tax adviser.
Fellowship: 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.
Division 4 (9ER), has four (4) Flotillas, throughout the Greater Rochester, New York area. To find the Flotilla nearest you, please check out the web sites and locations of our units on the contact page or drop us an email to the Flotilla 42 Public Affairs officer.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BECOMING A ROCHESTER AREA U.S.COAST GUARD AUXILIARIST
Joining the the Auxiliary ("CGAUX") can be immensely rewarding. Our ranks are filled with men and women from all walks of life. We have plumbers and we have PhD's! Many of us still work, others are retired. All share a common interest in volunteering, a love of things nautical, working with the active forces (the "Gold Side") of the U.S. Coast Guard, and lots more. In truth our interests and our motivation are as varied as the thousands of us who participate.
Getting started is easy. You can go to our
page and check out the websites of our four Flotillas, and probably more important to you, their
location. The first thing you will probably do is sit in on one of their meetings and meet the guys and gals. If you would like us to get in
touch with you, drop us an email with your contact information and any questions or comments you may have. Just email the
Flotilla Public Relations Officer.
If you prefer to old fashioned way, write to
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
520 River Street
Rochester, NY 14612