Frequently Asked Question Friday – USCG Auxiliary Total Force Size

Friday, March 20, 2015

Auxiliarist James Chin gives a mission briefing during Fleet Week 2014 in New York. Over twenty Auxiliarists helped on Saturday at the Intrepid and Campbell. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Intrepid Staff.

How many volunteers are in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary? As of March 3, 2015, the Auxiliary has approximately 29,657 active members. If you are interested in joining, please visit our website at: Be a part of America’s Maritime Guardians. Join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Frequently Asked Question Friday – USCG Auxiliary Age Requirements

Friday, March 13, 2015

Auxiliarist Fred Simmons marches in New York City's 2014 Veterans Day Parade. USCG Photo by PA3 Frank Iannazzo-Simmons.

A very frequent asked question associated with joining the USCG Auxiliary is age. Due to Auxiliary members being uniformed civilians of the Coast Guard, we sometimes get mistakenly associated with the stricter age requirements of the active duty. What are the minimum and maximum ages to join the USCG Auxiliary? The minimum age is 17 […]

Frequently Asked Question Friday – How to Choose the Right Life Jacket?

Friday, February 27, 2015


Today’s life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. They are much thinner and more flexible than they were in past. There’s no excuse not to wear a life jacket on the water, and this handy PDF at the bottom of the post will aid you in choosing what’s right for […]

Evening Colors Aboard the USCGC MAKO

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Auxiliarist Don Dobson prepares for evening colors aboard USCGC MAKO, STATION CAPE MAY, NJ. 

Auxiliarist Don Dobson prepares for evening colors aboard the USCGC MAKO, STATION CAPE MAY, NJ.  

Frequently Asked Question Friday – Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook

Friday, February 20, 2015


Where can I get a copy of the Coast Guard Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook? A free electronic copy of the Coast Guard Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook (ISBN: 9780160925665) is available here. The government printed version is listed at the U.S. Government Bookstore, call Tel: 202-512-1800 or email for further information. Commercial facsimiles […]

Frequently Asked Question Friday – Who were the Commandants of the Coast Guard?

Friday, February 13, 2015


Who were the Commandants of the United States Coast Guard?   The current Commandant is Admiral Paul Zukunft. Admiral Zukunft assumed the duties of the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 30, 2014. He leads the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security, composed of 88,000 personnel including active duty, reserve, civilian […]

Frequently Asked Question Friday – Local Notice to Mariners (LNMs)

Friday, February 6, 2015


Where can I find Local Notice to Mariners (LNM)?   The LNM is the primary means for disseminating information concerning aids to navigation, hazards to navigation, and other items of marine information of interest to mariners on the waters of the United States, it’s territories, and possessions. These Notices are essential to all navigators for […]

USCG Auxiliary National Training January 2015 Meeting – Highlight Photos

Thursday, February 5, 2015

This year the Auxiliary’s National Training Meeting (N-TRAIN) was held January 25 - February 1, 2015, at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet Hotel. N-TRAIN is held each year toward the end of January in the St. Louis area, home to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc. – a non-profit organization that provides business management and training support for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. N-TRAIN offers a variety of training opportunities for selected district staff officers and national leadership.
USCG Auxiliary photo by Joseph Giannattasio.

St. Louis, MO – The USCG Auxiliary held its annual National Training Meeting (N-Train) at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet Hotel from January 25, 2015 to February 1, 2015 with a focus on Leadership, Public Affairs, Marine Safety, and Incident Management. Here are some of the highlight photos of the event: To see the full […]

Safety on the Ice – Barely and Very Carefully

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Boston Lighthouse after a winter storm  - USCG Auxiliary Photo.

Here’s how the story goes. In the dead of winter, two duck hunters and their trusty hunting dog drive their brand new Range Rover out on to the ice of (choose: _______ [a] Moriches Bay, [b] Shinnecock Bay, [c] Great South Bay, [d] Narrow Bay, [e] body of water of your choice) and, seeing that […]

This Day in United States Coast Guard History – January 31st

Saturday, January 31, 2015


On this day in U.S. Coast Guard History: 1942 – HMSCulver (ex-CGC Mendota–one of the “Lake” Class cutters transferred to the Royal Navy in 1941 under the Lend-Lease program) was torpedoed and sunk with only 13 survivors. 1948 – Mrs. Fannie M. Salter, keeper of the Turkey Point Lighthouse in upper Chesapeake Bay since 1925 […]

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