Saturday, January 12, 2019

Vice Admiral D.B. Abel, Deputy Commandant for Operations, has issued an ALCOAST relating to Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary operations during the current lapse in appropriations. Coast Guard Auxiliary activities are addressed as follows:

“Auxiliary operational activities may only be performed if it is specifically ordered by a Coast Guard order issuing authority in direct support of an excepted function.  This is primarily limited to urgent SAR, ATON outages, and security threats. Auxiliary volunteer activities such as district, flotilla/division meetings, recreational boating safety outreach, and public education, may proceed in accordance with the Auxiliary Manual COMDTINST M16790.1 (series) as long as there is no obligation of Coast Guard funds.”

Exempt missions are defined in the Coast Guard Financial Resources Management Manual, COMDTINST M7100.3 (series) Chapter 6 subsection 6.4.2.  Such missions in which the Auxiliary may participate on specific orders are limited to the following:

  • Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Port and Environmental Safety
  • Commercial Vessel Safety (CVS)
  • Marine Environmental Response (MER)

To be clear on the issue of funding for non-operational activities such as unit meetings, Coast Guard Auxiliary financial resources only, which include the financial resources of Auxiliary units, may be expended in furtherance of the activities authorized by the ALCOAST.  No Coast Guard funds will be available for reimbursement of any expenses incurred in the performance of non-operational activities. In the event you are ordered to execute an ordered excepted function, standard reimbursement will be made by the Coast Guard when the funding hiatus is lifted.

As previously notified through the Leadership Link message of 22 December 2018, we may continue to take advantage of all of the electronic devices at our disposal to communicate in furtherance of the business of the Auxiliary.  We are also allowed to conduct meetings and elections by electronic means following the guidance set forth in the Auxiliary Manual and the Appendix to the unit’s Standing Rules if the unit has adopted an Appendix similar to the template found on the Auxiliary Chief Counsel’s website.  We may do those things as long as no cost to the Coast Guard is involved. Coast Guard Auxiliary resources may be expended in pursuit of those activities.


Larry L. King

National Commodore

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary



  1. Penny MIlczewski says:

    I am confused about the requirement that no Coast Guard funds be expended. I thought the reason we stopped Aux activities was because we would not have any liability coverage or protection should we be injured while performing activities. That coverage must use USCG funds. I do not want to encourage members to conduct activities without the liability and other coverage.

    This specific prohibition has been cited every time there was a shutdown, previously. Please clarify what has changed.

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