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Membership is open to citizens of the United States and its territories and possessions, who are 17 years of age or older.

Facility (radio station, boat or aircraft) ownership is desirable but not mandatory. Individuals with special training or experience in any Auxiliary program are encouraged to join.

Membership is also open to all active duty or former members of any of the uniformed services and their reserve components.


As an Auxiliarist, you have an opportunity to increase your knowledge of boating safety and acquire special training through advanced classes that enhances the value of you to the Auxiliary while adding to your own boating pleasure.

You will find great personal satisfaction in providing a valuable public service to the boaters. The possibility of saving lives is always in your path as an Auxiliarist.

Dedication to boating safety provides you with the atmosphere for getting together to swap boating experiences and participate in exercises, group outings, etc. You'll find a special fellowship among Auxiliarists that's hard to beat. There's time to relax and have fun at Auxiliary outings, rendezvous, cruises and conferences. Auxiliarists make lasting, meaningful friendships.

You are entitled to wear a uniform similar to those worn by the Coast Guard. There are many Auxiliary activities that require you to wear a uniform in order to participate, especially when you are dealing with the public.

Membership Requirements

Please access the application on the National Auxiliary site here: http://forms.cgaux.org/archive/a7001.pdf.  All answers will need to be typed in or filled out by hand in blue ink.  All signatures where indicated will need to be original signatures in blue or black ink as well.  

Here are the required sections to be filled out:

Page 1, Sections 1, 2, and 3

Page 2, Section 7

Page 4, Boxes 1 - 6 and 13

Page 5, all boxes

Additionally, Coast Guard Auxiliary membership also provides you membership in the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, INC.  This is the federal nonprofit that is the auxiliary to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and that all members become a member of as part of their enrollment in the Auxiliary.  Please download, and complete and sign the CGAUX Association Consent form here.

Once you have completed these forms, you will need to complete the Coast Guard Auxiliary New Member Examination.  This Exam can be completed in-person with the Flotilla HR Staff at any of our Flotilla meetings, or online on the Coast Guard e-learning portal.  You can find the online version of the New Member exam here: http://classroom.cgaux.org/moodle/mod/folder/view.php?id=827 (click Logon as Guest when presented with a logon screen).  You can either complete this ahead of time, or we can go over this together at tomorrow night's meeting.  The corresponding study guide is located here: http://hdept.cgaux.org/pdf/New%20Member%20Packet/NewMemberStudentStudy.pdf.

Contact our Human Resources staff officer by filling out our contact form below.

Perspective members are welcome to attend Flotilla meetings which are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the estwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane Richmond, VA 23226.

Please remember to contact the National Response Center at 800-424-8802 for reporting suspicious activity, oil spills, hazmat releases, and America's Waterway Watch.


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