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Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard - as the uniformed, volunteer component of the Coast Guard, Auxiliary members dedicate countless hours each year toward supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service's mission areas.


  • is a non-military volunteer component of the USCG whose purpose is to assist with civilian missions
  • has its roots, traditions & code of behavior built on USCG Core Values & Creed - Honor, Respect & Devotion to Duty
  • policies & structure can only be changed by the USCG Commandant & National Governing Board 
  • is prohibited from getting involved in Direct Law Enforcement & Military Actions by Federal statute (Title 14 US Code Chapter 23)
  • must abide by all rules, regulations, policies & laws established by parent Federal & State agencies

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAUX) which is a proud member of "Team Coast Guard", celebrated its 75th anniversary of service to America on June 23, 2014 and today plays a larger role than at any other time in its proud and distinguished history.  The over 30,000 members who come from all ethnic backgrounds, races, religions & walks of life create the strength, depth & flexibility to effectively deal with a wide variety of missions & activities required to serve USCG & our nation such as helping to protect our waterways & maritime assets, preserving & protecting our environment, advocating recreational boating boating safety, teaching boating safety courses, assisting recreational boating public on-the-water, serving as foreign language Interpreters & supporting all other USCG non-law enforcement missions.

National Commodore's Vision

"The Auxiliary will continue to meet America's changing maritime safety & security challenges, through a balanced allocation of resources towards our recreational boating safety & Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) missions."

Auxiliary Mission & Strategic Imperatives       Auxiliary Policy Statement

Tradition & History

The CGAUX, USCG & Department of Homeland Security (DHS) embrace diversity (USCG Office of Diversity), life-long learning & individual member development.  All three organizations strive to create a positive environment where capabilities, differences & similarities of members are recognized & valued.  All members are encouraged to maximize their contributions by participating in Auxiliary missions & activities to fullest extent possible & are freely provided support needed to achieve their maximum potential.

Auxiliary members agree to:

  • accept the responsibility and obligation to conduct yourself in a gentlemanly, professional & responsible manner when wearing the Auxiliary Uniform or conducting Auxiliary business
  • serve to the best of your abilities & as time / circumstances permit

The Auxiliary uniform is a symbol of your membership and should be worn with pride.  It is similar to the Coast Guard uniform and should be worn anytime you are representing the Auxiliary or Coast Guard.  Yearly membership dues help to support Auxiliary activities at all organization levels and are tax deductible.  The dues collected from members are divided into four parts - Flotilla, Division, District and National.

Cornerstones of Service


Public Education (PE) - raise overall awareness of recreational boating community on how to be safe, responsible, knowledgeable & confident boaters;  teach courses to help develop, maintain & enhance seamanship & boating safety related knowledge / skills

Vessel Safety Checks(VSC) - conduct free recreational vessel checks that include inspecting all required federal, state & local safety related equipment & systems to verify they are in good working condition,  recommend USCG best practices as appropriate & answer boating related questions

Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program (RBSVP) - establish & maintain working relationships with program partners such as marine dealerships, marinas, boating/yacht clubs, boat builders, water privileged communities & other local businesses or organizations that interact with recreational boaters close to the point of use to promote, encourage, remind & support safe boating practices

Communication Services (CS) - create, maintain, operate & promote the use of a Flotilla Website to assist external boating community conveniently access the information &  services needed to be informed,   knowledgeable, responsible & safe boaters & internal Auxiliary members access the the information & resources needed to effectively fulfill their duties & responsibilities.  Encourage & promote the use of electronic communication tools & services within the Flotilla.


Operations (OP) - coordinate, schedule & oversee activities required to recruit, train & maintain sufficient Boat Crew & Surface Operational Facilities needed to conduct assigned safety, regatta & special event patrols as well as providing support for search & rescue operations (SAR) as requested

Communications (CM) - coordinate, schedule & oversee activities required to recruit, train & maintain qualified staff & Radio Operational Facilities needed to assist the Auxiliary & USCG with radio communications & services as well as serve as radio watchstanders at USCG facilities

Public Affairs (PA) - establish working relationships with newspaper, radio & television media personnel & facilitate appearance of articles & coverage of flotilla, auxiliary & boating community activities of interest to boating public

Aviation (AV) - coordinate, schedule & oversee activities required to recruit, train & maintain sufficient Crew & Operational Facilities needed to provide air support for visual fixes, coordination, communications & SAR missions 


Marine Safety & Environmental Protection (MS) - coordinate, schedule & oversee activities required to recruit, train & maintain qualified staff to assist USCG in protecting & preserving our ports & maritime assets, controlling pollution & responding to marine emergencies / spills.

Navigation Systems (NS) - coordinate, schedule & oversee activities required to recruit, train & maintain qualified staff to verify position & operation of public & private aids to navigation & assist with identifying required updates to navigation charts, light lists, notice to mariners & related publications


Member Training (MT)  -  schedule, coordinate, oversee & support ongoing training, education & learning activities required to maintain, develop & enhance member boating, mission & individual knowledge, capabilities & skills required to successfully conduct all approved missions & programs.   Coordinate & oversee appropriate on-the-water training needed to ensure members possess required skills & competencies to fulfill identified mission.

Finance (FN)
Information Services (IS)
Materials (MA)

Publications (PB)
Secretary of Records (SR)
Human Resources (HR)

Fellowship or family oriented fun activities & socialization which help build working relationships & lasting friendships is an important part of Auxiliary membership.  Whenever possible, USCG & DHS team members are included to help bind entire organization together & make "Team Coast Guard" a reality. 

During a 12 month period, the Auxiliary typically delivers over 1.7 million hours of service conducting over 493,000 missions that include performing over 24,000 vessel safety checks, teaching over 62,000 boating courses, conducting over 12,000 marine dealer visits, making 36,000 public appearances, conducting 34,000 USCG Operational Support Missions , 122,000 on-the-water patrols & supporting 33,000 Search & Rescue operations.

Structure & Organization

USCG Auxiliary Map Of National Organizational Structure

The Auxiliary is comprised of Districts, Divisions & Flotillas.  A Flotilla is basic operational unit.  It includes members who own or operate boats, are actively involved in Auxiliary's missions (Cornerstones of Service) & directly support USCG missions.  Flotilla members elect a Flotilla Commander (FC) & Flotilla Vice Commander (FVC), who in turn, appoint Flotilla Staff Officers (FSO's) to implement & carry out programs / activities in their Area of Responsibility (AOR).  All members of the Auxiliary, no matter what their elected or appointed level positions, belong to a Flotilla.

Flotilla Monthly Meetings help keep members up-to-date on Auxiliary programs, activities & functions as well as conduct training & help build friendships & working relationships with other "Team Coast Guard" members.  Meetings provide opportunity for Members to exercise their right to vote & have a say in Flotilla operations / development.  In addition to Flotilla Monthly Meetings, all members are welcome to attend Leadership Team & Division meetings which can help provide a broader view of the Auxiliary.  The FC & FVC attend Division meetings to represent their Flotilla.

Within parameters established by parent agencies, Districts may create their own policy manuals.  At Division & Flotilla levels, members decide which Auxiliary authorized mission areas & activities in which to participate. 

Flotilla Leadership & Organization

Flotilla Commander Shoulder Board      Flotilla Commander Collar Device

Flotilla Commander (FC)

Flotilla Vice Commander Shoulder Board        Flotilla Vice Commander Collar Device

Vice Commander (FVC)

Flotilla Staff Officer Shoulder Board      Flotilla Staff Officer Collar Device

Flotilla Staff Officer (FSO)

USCG Flotilla Leadership Structure
Description of Flotilla Officer Roles & Responsibilities

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Good Boating Practices & Tips

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