United States Coast Guard Auxiliary | Wikipedia audio article

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary | Wikipedia audio article


The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAUX,
CGAux, or USCG Aux) is the uniformed auxiliary service of the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Congress established the USCG Aux on June
23, 1939, as the United States Coast Guard Reserve. On February 19, 1941, the organization was
re-designated as the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Auxiliary exists to support all USCG missions
except roles that require “direct” law enforcement or military engagement. As of 2018, there were approximately 24,000
members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.Collectively the Auxiliary contributes over 4.5 million
hours of service each year and completed nearly 500,000 missions in service to support the
Coast Guard. Every year Auxiliarists help to save approximately
500 lives, assist 15,000 distressed boaters, conduct over 150,000 safety examinations of
recreational vessels, and provide boater safety instruction to over 500,000 students. In total the Coast Guard Auxiliary saves taxpayers
hundreds of millions of dollars each year.==History==The development of the single-operator motorboat,
and later the outboard engine, during the early 20th century increased the number of
recreational boaters operating on United States federal waters. By 1939 there were more than 300,000 personal
watercraft in operation. The previous year the Coast Guard had received
14,000 calls for assistance and had responded to 8,600 “in-peril” cases.===Prior to World War II===
The Coast Guard Reserve Act of 1939 was passed by the United States Congress creating a civilian
reserve force for the United States Coast Guard that would have four specified responsibilities. They were charged with promoting safety at
sea, increasing boater efficiency for American citizens, assisting them with laws and compliance,
and supporting Active Duty members of the Coast Guard. This encompassed boat owners being organized
into flotillas within Coast Guard districts around the United States. They conducted safety and security patrols
and helped enforce the 1940 Federal Boating and Espionage Acts.In 1941 Congress passed
a law to restructure the Coast Guard Reserve which was created just two years earlier. The Coast Guard would hence forth have two
reserve forces. The existing civilian organization would be
renamed the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In addition, the Coast Guard Reserve was created
that year and would have military and law enforcement responsibilities.===During World War II===
During World War II many Auxiliarists became temporary members of the Coast Guard Reserve. Coast Guard Headquarters issued policies allowing
some of those boats to be equipped with machine guns and they could carry pistols and rifles
on patrols. In 1941 the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve,
and Coast Guard Auxiliary were transferred from the United States Treasury Department
to the United States Department of the Navy and in 1942 the Coast Guard Auxiliary was
authorized to wear military uniforms.During the war Auxiliarists would help the Coast
Guard with recruiting and training active duty personnel. Beginning in 1942, in response to the growing
German U-Boat threat to the United States, the U.S. Navy ordered the acquisition of the
“maximum practical number of civilian craft in any way capable of going to sea in good
weather for a period of at least 48 hours.” A large number of vessels, owned and piloted
by Auxiliarists with crews made-up of Coast Guard reservists, made-up the bulk of the
American coastal anti-submarine warfare capability during the early months of World War II (the
so-called “Corsair Fleet”). As newly constructed warships took over the
load, the Coast Guard abandoned the concept. None of the two thousand civilian craft, armed
with depth charges stowed on their decks, ever sank a submarine, though they did rescue
several hundred survivors of torpedoed merchant ships. From 1942 through the rest of the war Auxiliarists
and Coast Guard reservists served on local Port Security Forces to protect the shipping
industry.===Post World War II activities===In 1950 National Commodore Bert Pouncey was
elected and the National Board for the Coast Guard Auxiliary was established. In 1955 Auiliarists started to participate
in programs to support the recruitment of potential candidates for the United States
Coast Guard Academy. The North American Boating Campaign was originally
known as “Safe Boating Week,” observed by the Coast Guard Auxiliary as a courtesy examination
weekend in Amesbury, Massachusetts in June 1952. This tradition continued until 1957 when an
official National Safe Boating Week observation took place sponsored by the United States
Coast Guard Auxiliary in various parts of the country. As a result, the U.S. Coast Guard prepared
a Resolution, and on June 4, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed PL 85-445, to
establish National Safe Boating Week as the first week starting on the first Sunday in
June.Early in 1973, budget cuts forced the closing of seven Coast Guard stations on the
Great Lakes. At the request of the affected communities,
Congress ordered the stations to be re-opened and operated by the Auxiliary. The local division captains took responsibility
for manning them and ensuring that Auxiliarists’ boats were always available to assist distressed
vessels. The Auxiliary later took over seven more stations
on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. In 1976 the Coast Guard commissioned a study
of the Auxiliary by a private research firm, University Sciences Forum of Washington. After interviewing key personnel in the Coast
Guard and the Auxiliary and analyzing questionnaires filled out by about two thousand Auxiliarists,
the researchers concluded that the Auxiliary was in good health. “In summary,” they wrote, “we consider the
Auxiliary the greatest economical resource readily available to the COGARD. It performs in an outstanding manner and its
personnel are among the most professional group of volunteers in the nation.”===
Enhanced role for the auxiliarist===Under Congressional legislation passed in
1996, the Auxiliary’s role was expanded to allow members to assist in any Coast Guard
mission, except direct law enforcement and military operations. As of 2004, the Coast Guard Auxiliary had
35,000 members who collectively provided 2 million man hours of service annually.===Under the Department of Homeland Security
===In 2003 the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve
and Coast Guard Auxiliary were realigned to be under the United States Department of Homeland
Security. As of 2004, the Coast Guard Auxiliary had
35,000 members who collectively provided 2 million man hours of service annually.On June
19, 2009, the Commandant of the Coast Guard awarded the Coast Guard Unit Commendation
to Auxiliary members for “performance … nothing short of stellar” from the period of June
24, 1999, to June 23, 2009. On the 75th anniversary of the USCG Auxiliary,
June 23, 2014, the Commandant awarded another Coast Guard Unit Commendation ribbon to all
Auxiliarists.A complete timeline of historical events for the Coast Guard Auxiliary can be
found at this link [2]==Programs and missions==Above all, the Auxiliary serves as a force
multiplier for the Coast Guard. Auxiliarists promote safety, security, and
assistance for the citizens of the United States in the harbors, seaports, coasts, canals,
and rivers across the country. The wholly delegated to the Auxiliary its
mission of promoting and improving recreational boater safety. The Auxiliary also directly supports active
duty and reservists in carrying out search and rescue, marine safety, waterways management,
environmental protection, and homeland security missions.===Missions======
Recreational Boating Safety===The Auxiliary’s most prominent role is promoting
recreational boating safety (“RBS”) among the general public. The Auxiliary has several distinct programs
that support this mission. Providing free Vessel Safety Checks (formerly
“Courtesy Marine Examinations”) to recreational boaters is one of the Auxiliary’s longest
running and most visible activities. Through the Public Education program, Auxiliary
instructors deliver a range of courses on boating-related topics such as seamanship,
knots, laws and regulations related to boating, weather, and navigation. RBS Partnership Program Visitors (formerly
“Marine Dealer Visitors) serve as liaisons between the Auxiliary and interested local
businesses/organizations (such as marinas, boating clubs, etc.).===Auxiliary University Programs===The Auxiliary University Programs (AUP) is
a Coast Guard Auxiliary-managed initiative established in 2007. Today AUP now has nearly 200 members in 11
units representing over 30 colleges and universities across the United States. AUP prepares undergraduate and graduate students
for future public service inside and outside of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Intended to function in a manner similar to
ROTC programs, AUP provides students exposure to Coast Guard careers without requiring a
service commitment, and more generally teaches students seamanship and leadership, and encourages
public service. AUP has a positive track record of getting
a large number of its graduates into Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and also offers
an Internship Program.===Additional Programs===The Coast Guard Auxiliary Interpreter Corps
provides auxiliarists who are fluent in languages other than English for assignments with both
the regular Coast Guard, and other branches of the United States military, to support
domestic and overseas deployments that require language and translation assistance. The Interpreter Corp certifies on two levels
of competencies and directly supports the Coast Guard International Affairs Department. In recent years auxiliarists from the Interpreter
Corps have deployed in support of the Africa Partnership Station, Tradewinds, and other
missions. According to the Coast Guard, there are currently
440 auxiliarists in the Interpreter Corps, representing 48 languages.The Coast Guard,
which has just one regular military band, relies on Auxiliarist musicians for ship christenings,
and change-of-command ceremonies. In addition, the United States Coast Guard
Pipe Band is formed from both Coast Guard Reserve and Coast Guard Auxiliary members. In addition, Auxiliarists may serve in the
Color Guard at community events and funerals where they can present the flag and colors
after getting approval from their chain of command.==Organization==The Coast Guard Auxiliary is situated in the
Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety (CG-BSX), Auxiliary Division (CG-BSX-1),
with the office of the Deputy Commandant for Operations (CG-DCO) in Coast Guard Headquarters. CG-DCO oversees the Assistant Commandant for
Marine Safety, Security, and Stewardship (CG-5) who in turn oversees the Director of Prevention
Policy (CG-54), who in turn oversees CG-542.The Auxiliary has units in all 50 states, Puerto
Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. Under the direct authority of the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security via the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Auxiliary’s internally
operating levels are broken down into four organizational levels: Flotilla, Division,
District and National. Flotillas: A Flotilla is the basic building
block of the Auxiliary. While a flotilla should have at least 10 members,
several flotillas have more than 100 members. Most of the day-to-day work of the Auxiliary
is performed at the flotilla level. All members join the Auxiliary at the flotilla
level and pay their annual membership dues to their flotilla, which normally meet on
a monthly basis. Visitors and prospective members are usually
welcome to attend. Divisions: At least four (4) flotillas form
a Division, which provides leadership, direction, and staff assistance to the flotillas so that
their programs can run effectively. Districts/Regions: There are several divisions
in a District. The District provides leadership and staff
assistance to the Divisions. Each Auxiliary District is supervised by a
Director of the Auxiliary who is an Active Duty Coast Guard officer usually holding the
rank of Commander. Auxiliary Districts generally coincide with
Coast Guard Districts. Areas: Three Deputy National Commodores are
responsible for three geographic areas: Atlantic East, Atlantic West, and Pacific Area, respectively. National: The Auxiliary has national officers
who are responsible, along with the Commandant, for the administration and policy-making for
the entire Auxiliary. These include the National Executive Committee
(NEXCOM) that is composed of the Chief Director of Auxiliary (CHDIRAUX – an active duty
officer), the National Commodore (NACO), the Immediate Past National Commodore (IPNACO),
Vice National Commodore (VNACO), and the four Deputy National Commodores (DNACOs) which
in turn is part of the National Staff Operating Committee (OPCOM). OPCOM consists of twenty-nine (29) members:
eight (8) NEXCOM members listed above, National Executive Staff consisting of seven (7) Assistant
National Commodores (ANACO), and fourteen (14) Directorate Directors (DIR). These individuals along with their respective
staff in the various national directorates make up the Auxiliary Headquarters organization. The Chief Director is a senior Coast Guard
officer and directs the administration of the Auxiliary on policies established by the
Commandant. The overall supervision of the Auxiliary is
under the Deputy Commandant for Operations (CG-DCO), who reports directly to the Commandant
(CCG).==Leadership and staffing==
The Coast Guard Auxiliary does not have a military chain of command. There are, however, two chains of leadership
and management. Auxiliarists are expected to adhere to the
relevant chain when communicating. There is an elected leader chain and an appointed
leader chain (known as “parallel staffing”). Commanders and vice commanders (deputies)
of each flotilla, division and district are elected annually. The national leadership is elected once every
two years. Other staff officers are appointed based on
skills and level of interest. All leadership positions in the Auxiliary
require membership in a Flotilla of the Auxiliary.===National officers===
National officer positions include the following: The National Commodore of the United State
Coast Guard Auxiliary (NACO) is the most senior and principal officer of the United State
Coast Guard Auxiliary. The national commodore represents the Auxiliary
and reports to the commandant of the Coast Guard through the Vice Commandant of the Coast
Guard. Additionally, the National Commodore represents
the Auxiliary with all Coast Guard flag officers and flag officer equivalent civilians at Coast
Guard headquarters on Auxiliary matters. The National Commodore functions to support
the Commandant’s strategic goals and objectives and serve auxiliarists. Vice National Commodore (VNACO) – The VNACO
is the Chief Operating Officer of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and reports to the National
Commodore (NACO). Additionally, the VNACO represents the Auxiliary
at the direction of the NACO with all Coast Guard Flag officers and Flag officer equivalent
civilians at Coast Guard Headquarters on Auxiliary matters. Deputy National Commodore (DNACO) – The
Auxiliary has four Deputy National Commodores (DNACO) who report to the Vice National Commodore. Three are elected (Mission Support, Operations,
and Recreational Boating Safety), and one is appointed (Information Technology and Planning). Each DNACO has a specific set of operational
areas of responsibility to include one or more of the appointed Assistant National Commodores
(staff officers). Additionally, each of the three elected DNACOs
are the reporting point for approximately one third of the 16 District Commodores, grouped
by geographical area, who are elected every two years to lead their local membership. Assistant National Commodore (ANACO) – Seven
Assistant National Commodores form the National Executive Staff and are appointed to either
lead multiple national directorates or perform specialized roles (such as Chief Counsel or
Diversity). They are expected to consult and coordinate
with appropriate Coast Guard Flag officers and program managers in coordination with
the Chief Director to determine requirements for Auxiliary resources used within their
areas of responsibilities and develop and manage Auxiliary programs consistent with
Coast Guard needs and objectives. Director (DIR) – Directors are responsible
for the Auxiliary’s national directorates. Within each directorate are a Deputy Director
(DIRd) and Division Chiefs (DVC), who in turn supervise Branch Chiefs (BC). Within each branch a Branch Chief may have
Branch Assistants (BA) to support branch activities as well.===District officers===
District Director of the Auxiliary (DIRAUX) – An active duty Coast Guard officer who
is dedicated full-time to Auxiliary functions in his or her district. The DIRAUX has sole responsibility for enrolling
a new member or for disenrolling an existing member. The DIRAUX is also the final authority in
all matters related to his or her Auxiliary district. District Commodore (DCO) – The highest elected
level within the district, this office supervises all Auxiliary activities within his or her
district, and is elected by the Division Commanders within the district. District Chief of Staff (DCOS) (Formerly District
Vice Commodore [VCO]) – The district’s Chief of Staff and Assistant to the District Commodore. Elected by the Division Commanders in the
district. District Captains (DCAPT) (Formerly District
Rear Commodore [RCO]) (two or more per district) – Elected by all Division Commanders and
usually supervise a group of divisions in a district. They may also have programmatic responsibilities. District Directorate Chiefs (DDC) – Some
districts appoint DDCs based on the three major areas of Auxiliary activity (i.e., Prevention,
Response, and Logistics). They are appointed by the DCO and approved
by DIRAUX. District Staff Officers (DSO) – Manage the
district’s departments and programs; appointed by the DCO and approved by DIRAUX. Assistant District Staff Officers (ADSO) – Assist
with the management of district departments under the direction and guidance of the DSO;
appointed by the DCO with concurrence of DCOS.===Division officers===
Division Commander (DCDR) (formerly Division Captain) – The highest elected Auxiliary
leader within a division. Elected by the Flotilla Commanders in a Division. Division Vice Commander (VCDR) – Division
Chief of Staff and assistant to the Division Commander. Elected by the Flotilla Commanders in a division. Division Staff Officers (SO) – Manage the
division’s departments and programs; appointed by the DCDR.===Flotilla officers===Titles and duties of flotilla officers are
dictated by the Auxiliary Manual. Flotilla Commander (FC) – The highest elected
Auxiliary leader within a flotilla. He/she is elected by the members of a flotilla. Recommends new members for enrollment to the
DIRAUX. Flotilla Vice Commander (VFC) – The flotilla’s
Chief of Staff and assistant to the Flotilla Commander. Elected by the members of a Flotilla. Flotilla Staff Officers (FSO) – Responsible
for managing the flotilla’s departments and programs; appointed by the FC. Detachment Leader (DL) – Serves as the leader
for a DIRAUX approved flotilla detachment. This officer is appointed by the FC and wears
the insignia of an FSO.===Staff officers===
To carry out the Auxiliary program, DCDRs and FCs may appoint flotilla and division
staff officers. The DCO may appoint district staff officers. A staff officer at the flotilla level is abbreviated
FSO; at the division level, SO; and at the District level, DSO. Thus, the SO-CS is the Division Communications
Services officer. The list of staff officers, with their official
abbreviations, is: Aviation (AV) (district level only)
Communications (CM) Communication Services (CS)
Diversity (DV) Finance (FN)
Flight Safety Officer (DFSO) (district level only)
Human Resources (HR) Information Services (IS)
Legal/Parliamentarian (LP) (district level only)
Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MS)
Materials (MA) Member Training (MT)
Navigation Systems (NS) Operations (OP)
Public Affairs (PA) Publications (PB)
Public Education (PE) Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program
(PV) Secretary/Records (SR)
Vessel Examination (VE)==Uniforms and insignia=====Uniforms===Auxiliarists are expected to wear a uniform
intended for the situation and mission. Each auxiliary uniform is identical to a Coast
Guard officer’s military uniform, with the exception that the buttons and stripes on
dress jackets and shoulder boards are silver in color, rather than gold. On dress uniforms, appointed staff officers
wear insignia with a red “A” and elected officers wear insignia with either a silver or a blue
“A”, while black “A”s are worn on insignia by both elected and appointed officers on
the ODU uniform. Auxiliarists are expected to adhere to the
same rules of correct uniform wear as regular and reserve Coast Guard officers. When augmenting Coast Guard personnel aboard
a vessel at sea, the military-style insignia of Auxiliary position is generally removed
and the organizational insignia is worn. This is done to prevent confusion by foreign
entities, other agencies, or hostiles as to who is in command on the vessel.===Auxiliary insignia, titles, and military
etiquette===Auxiliarists do not have military rank, but
they do wear military rank-style insignia that signify their office (e.g., a Flotilla
Commander wears insignia similar to a USCG lieutenant, but is not referred to as “Lieutenant”). All members are referred to as “Auxiliarist”
unless their leadership position is equivalent to that of a flag officer, in which case they
are referred to as Commodore. The title most commonly used in official correspondence
and reports is “Auxiliarist”, and its abbreviation (e.g., Auxiliarist John Smith or AUX J. Smith). Exceptions to this rule are elected or appointed
Commodores, who have reached flag positions similar to active and reserve rear admirals
and vice admirals and who wear one to three stars depending on their office (e.g., District
Commodore, Assistant National Commodore, Deputy National Commodore, or National Commodore);
specifically, they may use the term Commodore, and are the only Auxiliarists who use a military
style title (“Commodore”) before their name, sometimes abbreviated COMO accordingly (e.g.,
Commodore James A. Smith, National Commodore; or COMO Jim Smith, (NACO)).The purpose of
the Auxiliary’s rank-style insignia is to identify the Auxiliarist’s position within
the organization and recognize the responsibilities of elected and appointed leaders and staff
officers. Past elected and appointed leaders are authorized
to permanently wear the insignia of the highest office held if they held such office for at
least half of its term. When insignia no longer indicates current
elected or appointed status in the office represented by the insignia, Auxiliarists
must wear the past officer device.Auxiliarists do not normally render military courtesies
(such as saluting) to each other, but to do so is not prohibited. An Auxiliarist in uniform is expected to initiate
salutes to the U.S. national ensign and friendly foreign flags as well as military officers
who are senior to the Auxiliarist’s office. Enlisted personnel are not required to salute
Auxiliarists, but Auxiliarists are expected to return all salutes given.====Office title and insignia========
Pledge====Auxiliarists ascribe to the following pledge
during induction: I, (your name), solemnly and sincerely pledge
myself, to support the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and its purposes, to faithfully
execute my duties, and to abide by the governing policies, established by the Commandant, of
the United States Coast Guard.===Medals, awards, and citations===
Auxiliarists may be awarded medals and decorations of the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary,
and may wear certain medals and decorations awarded in prior military service based on
what is approved in the Auxiliary Manual. There are currently 36 medals and ribbons
for which auxiliarists are eligible. United States Coast Guard awards: Other awards authorized for wear on the Coast
Guard Auxiliary uniform:===Badges=====Benefits==The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offers
a number of benefits and fellowship opportunities. Auxiliarists are allowed access to the Coast
Guard Exchange and have opportunities for training, awards, and uniforms. Some expenses incurred by the auxiliarist
may be tax deductible. Auxiliarists are allowed access to the Coast
Guard Mutual Assistance Program. Auxiliary Flotillas are also supported by
the Coast Guard Foundation.An Auxiliarist may be issued an official identification card
by his/her local Director of Auxiliary (DIRAUX) only after the USCG Security Center completes
a Personnel Security Investigation and issues a favorable suitability-for-service determination. While on official orders, if an Auxiliarist
is injured or killed in the line of duty, they may be entitled to compensation on a
monthly pay rate equivalent to the GS-9 on the General Schedule Payscale.===Coast Guard Auxiliary Association===The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association (CGAuxA)
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of St. Louis, MO that raises and donates
money to support outreach activities of the auxiliary. According to its website, the organization
was established in 1957 and supports the Auxiliary with its mission to support Recreational Boater
Safety, fundraising, and provides the Auxiliary with needed supplies. In addition Auxiliary Association members
have access to the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. The Coast Guard Auxiliary has also established
a number of national partnerships for discounts on office supplies, hotels, rental cars, prescriptions,
and insurance. The Auxiliary Association is led by a ten-member
Board of Directors that receives no compensation. Auxiliarists are automatically extended a
free membership to the Auxiliary Association.====Board of Directors as of 2018======Eligibility for Membership==
Potential applicants must be a United States Citizen, be at minimum 17 years of age, and
prior members of the United States Armed Forces must provide proof that they were discharged
at minimum under honorable conditions. Applicants must have never committed a felony
and have a social security number that is valid. While the auxiliary attracts boat owners and
veterans of the Armed Forces, neither of which are requirements to join and are common misconceptions.Sea
Scouts are eligible to join at age 14, under an exception granted by agreement between
both organizations.==Status Level Qualifications==
In order to qualify for membership the applicant must fill out an application and get fingerprinted. The Initial Applicant must successfully complete
the new member course and pass the new member examination. After successfully passing the applicant will
be issued a new Member ID Number and will be placed into Approval Pending (AP) status
until their PSI is adjudicated. Starting February 1, 2018 new Auxiliarists
under AP Status must pass the Basic Qualification Course II which consists of seven tested modules
based on the Auxiliary Manual before they can be granted any higher status.If the PSI
is favorably adjudicated the Auxiliarist may be eligible to be placed into Initially Qualified
(IQ) Status, and those who have an unfavorable PSI adjudication will be disenrolled from
the Auxiliary. Members in IQ Status are not eligible for
Basically Qualified (BQ) Status until they have successfully completed all required mandatory
training. After all mandatory training has been completed
the Auxiliarist may become eligible for BQ Status. Beyond that if the Auxilarist in BQ Status
completes a rigorous course of study they can achieve the Operational Auxiliarist (AX)
Distinction.==Training==
Auxiliarists with prior service are likely to have a smooth transition into their flotilla
as they are able to come up to speed with current Coast Guard Auxiliary responsibilities
and military customs. Prior service in the United States Armed Forces
such as military service insignia, badges, ribbons, and devices earned may potentially
be worn on the Auxiliary uniform based on what is approved in the Auxiliary Manual.===Operational Auxiliary Program===
Operational Auxiliary Program (AUXOP) is an advanced training program available to Auxiliarists. This program has been in existence since 1952
and was established under leadership of National Commodore Bert Pouncey. AUXOP was created to better assist the Coast
Guard to fill needed skill sets and to assist with operational Coast Guard missions. In order to achieve the Operational Auxiliarist
distinction seven credits must be completed from three different types of courses. Core, Leadership, and Electives are the different
required course types. Specialty courses in weather, seamanship,
and communications are required in the core curriculum that are all good for a credit
each. An additional four credits are required under
the leadership and elective course types. Upon completing the training program the Auxiliarist
is entitled to wear the AUXOP Device. AUXOP advanced training also helps the Auxiliarist
to increase their support capability and capacity to assist with operational missions for the
Coast Guard.===Mandated training===
Auxiliarists are required to complete six mandated training courses within their first
year of joining the organization, and then must complete them all again every five years
after. These six courses cover Fundamentals of Security,
Suicide Prevention, Privacy, Sexual Harassment & Assault Prevention, and civil rights awareness. In addition, Auxiliarists must complete influenza
and ethics awareness just once in their career using the Coast Guard Auxiliary Learning Management
System.Failure to complete the Mandatory Training may make the Auxiliarist ineligible to participate
in Coast Guard Auxiliary exercises, drills, or response events.====Incident Command System training recognized
by the Auxiliary====The Coast Guard Auxiliary requires Auxiliarists
to take mandatory Incident Command System (ICS) courses. Four of the Incident Command System (ICS)
courses are offered through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and another course
if offered through the Auxiliary Learning Management System. Auxiliarists are expected to take courses
that will help them to understand the Incident Command System’s organization, basic terminology
and common responsibilities. Auxiliarists are required to acquire the skills
necessary to perform in an ICS support role. Officers, certified coxswains, pilots, or
those in a leadership role may need to take additional EMI courses pertaining to the National
Incident Management System and/or the National Response Framework. As part of ICS Training, all Auxiliarists
must respond immediately to Emergency Response Alerts and participation in mandatory.=====FEMA courses=====
Note: ICS-100 and ICS-700 are part of the Mandatory Training requirement.=====AUX LMS course========
C-School Training===The Coast Guard sponsors over 15 different
advanced training courses for Auxiliarists to take at C-Schools. Selection to attend a C-School is competitive
due to limited availability, and the training is for Auxiliarists who want to be promoted
in their levels of responsibility. To attend a C-School course the Auxiliarist
must first be approved by their DIRAUX who will issue then issue official orders to the
Auxiliarist. When an Auxiliarist is attending a C-School
course their lodging and per diem are typically reimbursed by the Coast Guard. C-School opportunities include Leadership
training which are offered at three levels: AUXLAMS (Leadership and Management), AMLOC
(Mid-Level Officer Course), and AULOC (Upper-Level Officer Course).===Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Courses===Auxiliarists may register and participate
in the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security Self Study Courses. As of 2019 over 10 online courses are available.==Legal protection==
While assigned to federal duty, Auxiliarists are considered federal employees for the purpose
of civil liability; therefore, individual Auxiliarists are protected against being sued
directly in many tort, property, and injury cases arising from their official duties.===Employment protection===
A handful of states offer limited employment protection for members of the Auxiliary who
are called to assist emergency responders following a disaster or to attend to other
Auxiliary matters. Auxiliarists who work for the state of Missouri
are entitled to a leave of absence totaling fifteen days per year (with this upper limit
waived in the event they are responding to a state or national declared disaster or emergency). Aside from being protected from termination
as a result of their absence from work, they are also guaranteed protection against loss
of time, pay, regular leave, impairment of efficiency rating, or of any other rights
or benefits to which the employee would otherwise be entitled. State, city, and county employees in the state
of Arkansas who are Auxiliarists are also entitled to a leave of absence to respond
to emergencies, limited to fifteen days per calendar year. During their deployment, they are protected
against loss of seniority rights, efficiency or performance ratings, promotional status,
retirement privileges, and life and disability insurance benefits, and any other employment
benefits. These government employees may not be required
to use their vacation time to cover their absence. State, city, and county employees in the state
of New Jersey who are Auxiliarists are entitled to a leave of absence, the first five days
of which must be paid, to attend state or national conventions hosted by the Coast Guard
Auxiliary. The employee’s job is guaranteed upon their
return.==Gallery====
Notable auxiliarists and honorary commodores=====
Line-of-duty deaths===Since the establishment of the Coast Guard
Auxiliary, a number of Auxiliarists have perished in the line of duty.==See also==
Badges of the United States Coast Guard Civil Air Patrol
Commandant of the Coast Guard Incident Command System
International Search and Rescue Competition Naval militia
North American Safe Boating Campaign State defense force
Uniforms of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
United States Coast Guard Reserve United States Coast Guard
United States Department of Homeland Security United States Power Squadrons

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