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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 33,000 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 age.
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
watch standing, 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 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 Privileges: 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. Your should consult your professional
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 is hard to beat.
Along with our missions we find time to relax and have fun
at Auxiliary outings, training sessions, safety patrols, vessel
safety checks, classes and conferences. Auxiliarists form
lasting, meaningful friendships.