Auxiliary University Program (AUP) Students recognized by Captain Keane

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Left to right: Seb Meekins, Daniel Sieh, Stephanie Hutton, Captain Keane, Christopher Papas, Christopher Weber, and Jonathan Roth.
Photo by Jonathan Roth – AUP class of 2015 at Unit William & Mary

Captain Keane, Deputy Sector Commander Sector Hampton Roads, recognized students enrolled in the Auxiliary University Program (AUP) during the recent Auxiliary Division change of watch held at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown.

Article by Auxiliarists Brad Simpson and Andrew Welch

The Auxiliary University Program offers a two to four year education, training, and leadership development experience to college students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students complete a program of study incorporating basic Coast Guard and maritime education, operational training, leadership development, and more advanced maritime safety and homeland security topics. Students acquire operational and leadership experience through their real-world duties on the water and at the waterfront, as interns in professional settings, and as emergency responders to incidents in their local area.

Graduates go on to serve part-time in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, apply to the Coast Guard Reserve or to active duty Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School, pursue careers in the maritime or homeland security community, attend graduate school, or enter the private sector. With no post-graduate military obligation, all have the opportunity to apply their Coast Guard Auxiliary training and their college education as successful leaders in whichever career they choose

Enrollment in university programs is open to Auxiliarists attending any accredited American college or university. Students attending a school with a campus presence participate directly in that AUP unit; students at schools without such a presence must work with a nearby flotilla to complete any underway, waterfront, or other on the job service requirements.

AUP provides operational and leadership training, as well as real-world experience, to undergraduate and graduate students at any point in their academic career. Members fulfill their great potential while still making academic success outside the program the first priority. The first semester is devoted to a positive and thorough orientation that transforms students into top-tier Coast Guard Auxiliarists able to take responsibility for the leadership and success of their shipmates. Subsequent semesters are devoted to operational training in either the response or prevention track, and a maritime leadership capstone focused on the unique interests of each student.

Students complete the undergraduate or graduate program of study during their time in the program. Education in the classroom frequently includes guest lecturers who are experts in Coast Guard operations, homeland security, international affairs, disaster relief, and other related topics. Hands-on training takes place on the water and at the waterfront, through internships, and in real-life responsibilities that directly impact mission success.

Through unique internships, research, and development projects, students, graduate fellows, professors, and other maritime subject matter experts make strategic contributions matched with students’ academic interests and the Coast Guard’s needs.  The innovation team is actively engaged not just with the Coast Guard, but with Department of Homeland Security and other maritime community partners in order to cultivate a wide range of cross-service opportunities and shared mission. AUP Innovation projects have included knowledge management, marine pollution modeling, geographic information systems, arctic pollution research, strategic development, and public policy.

Students may apply to university programs online at

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