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
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
||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
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 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
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.
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,
does, literally save lives.
Increase your skills––Take
advantage of advanced training in surface operations,
leadership, or one of the many courses
the Auxiliary and Coast Guard. As a member
Auxiliary, there are no fees for these courses.
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.
can leverage your existing talents, skills and experience to
gain new positions and qualifications as you progress in
Support the Coast Guard––
Become qualified to serve at Coast Guard units in radio
watchstanding, marine environmental
Security, and other operational and administrative support.