About the Coast Guard Auxiliary
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian, uniformed
component of the United States Coast Guard, as well as the lead
in the Department of Homeland Security. The
31,000 volunteer members (men and women) donate time in
the Coast Guard and Maritime Domain Awareness missions.
The CG Auxiliary was
founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the US Coast Guard Reserves and re-designated the Auxiliary in 1941. The original purpose was to assist the Coast Guard in promoting
boating safety. Its members come from all walks of life
and all ages over 17 (there is no upper age limit).
Special training is provided free of charge so that we may serve as functional members
of Team Coast Guard. Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law
enforcement programs such as public
safety checks, safety patrols,
search and rescue, marine environmental protection and Coast Guard
Academy introduction programs for youth, and now we also help with
Homeland Security. Auxiliarists volunteer more than 2 million hours
annually to benefit other boaters and their families.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary - rising to meet America's
changing maritime safety and security challenges, while concurrently
bringing to the American public an array of homeland security, recreational
boating and marine safety programs.
The overarching mission of the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens,
ports, waterways and coastal regions. We will balance our missions
of Recreational Boating Safety and Coast Guard Support with Maritime
Homeland Security and other challenges that emerge as a result of
our growing understanding of changes required in the post-9/11 era.
As a volunteer organization, the Auxiliary
has its own uniqueness. Our members serve in communities throughout
the country; come from different social, ethnic, religious and economic
backgrounds, yet join together to contribute their time and talents
toward the common cause of recreational boating safety. We will
recognize our diversity and remove all barriers, real or perceived,
so that our current and potential members will feel an increased
pride and honor in their membership. The Coast Guard Auxiliary
- HONOR the members' desire for training and meaningful
involvement, so that we can enhance the Coast Guard's capabilities
and promote safety in the boating community.
- RESPECT the volunteer nature of our organization
and its unique attributes, which enable us to fulfill our role
as an integral part of Team Coast Guard.
- Recognize and encourage DEVOTION TO DUTY, while
understanding the diversity of our volunteers and their varying
abilities to give of their time.
- PROVIDE our current and potential members with
a positive environment that will promote membership in all segments
of our population, enhance their opportunities to serve and increase
their desire to remain as long term contributing members.
- FULFILL our missions, provide adequate resources
to our membership and inspire pride in the Auxiliary. This
will enable JOB ONE to expand our membership diversity and strengthen
our ability to be Semper Paratus.