The Auxiliary Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Device

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Photos and write up by: Robert Carlson AUXPA1

You might have seen some of your fellow auxiliarists wearing the RBS device on their uniforms. This device recognizes auxiliarists who provided exceptional and continuous effort to the RBS program. The requirements for RBS device encompasses activity over a minimum period of two years.  Auxiliarists must compile 120 points for two consecutive years for a total of 240. Points are accomplished by compiling and recording activity in a number of areas.  Points can be compiled from one or any combination of these areas.

  • Public Education
  • Public Affairs
  • Vessel Safety Checks and Vessel Facility Inspections
  • Program Visitation
  • Legislative Outreach
  • State Outreach

Reporting your hours will compile your points.

Your activity hours must be reported using a few different forms depending on the activity. See below for each activity. Remember preparation and or travel time is not included.


Points from Public Education

Using: Mission Activity Report (ANSC-7030)

Hours compiled using mission code 14

1 point-per-hour as lead instructor and ½ point per hour as an assistant/aide


Points from Public Affairs

Using: Mission Activity Report (ANSC-7030)

Mission codes in the following areas.

  1. Speech/talks, mission code 10B
  2. Broadcast media, mission code 10C
  3. External print media, mission code 10F
  4. Community Relations, mission code 10J

1 point-per-hour for actual mission hours


Points from Vessel Safety Checks and Vessel Facility Inspections

Using: Vessel Examinations Activity Report (ANSC-7038)

1 point-per-check or inspection


Points from RBS Program Visitations

Using:  RBS Visitation Report (ANSC-7046)

1 point-per-visit


Legislative Outreach

Using: Mission Activity Report (ANSC-7030)

Hours recorded as Federal/State Legislative Outreach or Government Affairs work

Mission codes 65A or 65B

1 point-per-hour


State RBS Outreach

Hours recorded in meetings with a state Boating Law Administrator (BLA) or state BLA staff  Using: Mission Activity Report (ANSC-7030)

Mission code 65C

1 point-per-hour


The RBS device is worn ¼ inch above ribbons or medals and centered over the left breast pocket.



On your Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) the RBS device is worn centered on the left breast pocket above USCG AUXILIARY.



AUXDATA was modified to report on Auxiliarists who met the eligibility criteria. That report is available in the Admin. Report section of AUXDATA, and it can only be run by those with DIRAUX-level access.


Awarding the RBS Device

Only Directors of Auxiliary are authorized to place orders for the RBS device from

ANSC for the purpose of awarding to Auxiliarists who met the eligibility criteria as

verified in AUXDATA. Auxiliarists who meet the eligibility criteria as reported in

AUXDATA and are awarded the device by the Director are entitled to wear it.





  1. Russell J Gasdia says:

    When you say two consecutive years, are you referring to calendar years? (Jan-Dec), Thanks

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