When you join the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you could find yourself on patrol saving lives and property, assisting in marine safety and environmental protection, radio watchstanding, educating the public in boating safety and much more. That’s what our members do. We don’t just train. We train and perform.
Since 1939 the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. Members from all walks of life bring their training and experience as a member of the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard.
Our main goal is recreational boating safety and education, while acting as a force multiplier in support of Coast Guard authorized missions.
Today’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with nearly 21,000 men and women, is a unique force that carries out an array of responsibilities touching almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.
The Coast Guard’s motto is Semper Paratus, meaning "Always Ready".
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.
Please take the time to read about the history of the Auxiliary, benefits of joining, the missions we are involved in, awards and recognition, and the pride in wearing of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary uniform.