Make a New Year’s Resolution That Really Counts

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers many opportunities for volunteers on the water, in the air and on land.
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If your New Year’s resolution includes finding a meaningful volunteer position, learning new skills and making new friends, you may find a perfect fit with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  The Coast Guard Auxiliary, the uniformed civilian volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard, is actively looking for volunteers interested in serving their country and their community.

Article by Brad Simpson, USCG Auxiliary

There are many places in the Coast Guard Auxiliary where you can make a difference and find a sense of belonging. The Auxiliary works on the water, in the air and on land. It conducts safety patrols and search and rescue missions, assists the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, teaches boating safety classes, conducts free boat safety checks, provides interpreter support and many other activities. People who have talents in web design, information technology, public affairs and other administrative roles are also needed.

Training opportunities include marine safety and environmental protection, recreational boating safety, public affairs, boat crew and air operations. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 17 years old, and pass a background check.

When you join the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you could find yourself saving lives, protecting the environment from polluters, guarding our shores from terrorists and much more. That’s our job – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That’s life in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. We don’t just train. We train and perform.

Today’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with nearly 32,000 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 and Auxiliary’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.

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  1. Sheila Riddle says:

    I am very happy as a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary but wish I had more time to devote to it.

  2. Samuel Columbo says:

    I just recently waiting for my background check to be done so ill finally be a member. I’ve always loved helping our community when i was with our fire dept. Cant wait to see what the auxiliary has to offer for me. Hurry back ground check lol

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