United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Voltunteer Program

As I’ve gotten older, and have actually started to pay attention, I’ve noticed that neighbors don’t know each other or socialize with each other like they used to.

As a result, people often feel as though they’re not giving back to society or being a positive contributor to their local community.

So how does someone remedy that without putting themselves or their family in the line of trouble or financial ruin?

Volunteer. It’s as simple as that.

Don’t think you have enough spare time to do it? Think again.

Sign up with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and serve as many or as few hours as you want.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed component of the United States Coast Guard made up entirely of volunteers.

In 1939 an Act of Congress created the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a means of direct support to the United States Coast Guard on all missions except law enforcement and military actions.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has members in all 50 states, American Samoa and Guam, as well as the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Really the only requirements for joining the Auxiliary are being 17-years-old or older, and passing a basic background check. Although there are no age or height/weight restrictions, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers must be physically able to perform certain operational tasks and activities. There are also no rules regarding minimum or maximum service hours, so you can serve as much or as little as you want.

So what do the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers actually do?

They assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, conduct safety patrols on local waterways, provide free boat safety checks for the general public, lead classes on boating safety, as well as assist with search and rescue; just to name a few.

By the way, you do not have to own a boat or water vessel in order to volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary; you just need to give your time.

Fun fact: Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer more than 2 million hours each year.

Semper Paratus.

“Always ready” – that’s the philosophy of the United States Coast Guard. Always ready to protect the country from hazards and threats on our waterways.

Improve your skills and learn new ones – at no cost to you. You will receive advanced training in leadership, surface operations, proper boating methods, and more.

Learn to protect the public with boating safety classes, Vessel Safety Checks, and various in-water operations. It may not seem like much, and it’s not rocket science, but as a volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you will literally be saving lives.

Auxiliary volunteers lend great support to the Coast Guard through both operational and administrative support. As a trained volunteer you will be qualified to serve at Coast Guard units in Homeland Security, marine environmental protection, and radio watchstanding.

On top of all the new skills you will learn and all the training you will receive, you will be in the company of people like you; people who want to serve their country and give back to their fellow man. Meet new people and make new friends in your training classes, at meetings, and at Coast Guard Auxiliary social events.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for someone like you – someone who wants to help their country without having to enlist in the Armed Forces to the extent of deployment.

Stay on U.S. soil and help your fellow countryman – volunteer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Visit America’s Volunteer Guardians for more information.

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