New Members

Welcome to Flotilla 73. We are pleased that you've decided to join our organization.During your first few months in the Auxiliary, things may seem a bit overwhelming. We should have assigned you a mentor to assit in your transition. We've also created this page with links that most new members will find helpful.

If you have additional questions, please see your mentor or ask assistance from any of our staff officers.

ID Cards:

A Coast Guard ID card is issued to each member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary after their background check and entry paperwork is complete. You should expect to receive this on, or about, the time you are sworn in by the Flotilla Commander. It is important to carry your ID card on you as it identifies you as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Your ID card is required to gain entry to the Coast Guard base.

Uniforms:

A section of this web site is already dedicated to uniforms and grooming. As a new member you may have additional questions. Your mentor should help you with these issues, but feel free to ask any Flotilla staff officer for help if needed.

Most members begin by purchasing the Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) which is the primary uniform used for operations. Later members purchase the Tropical Blue uniform which is worn to flotilla and division meetings, as well as other more formal events.

The two main sources for uniform items are:

(1) The Coast Guard Exchange (located on base)

(2) The Uniform Distribution Center

Additionally, many members prefer to purchase their boots from www.Galls.com and their ODU ball cap from www.CutterAgent.com.

Leadership:

The Auxiliary leadership mirrors that of the active duty Coast Guard. Members wear the same uniform as a Coast Guard Officer, but different rank insignia is assigned to represent the office an individual holds. Some offices are appointed, while others are elected.As a new member, you will wear Auxiliary "member devices". Click the chart on the right to view detailed Auxiliary insignia for all offices.While there an several levels of leadership with the Auxiliary, your first experience will be within our own flotilla. The flotilla is run be a Commander, Vice Commander and a series of staff officers who manage different functions and/or programs.

Getting Involved:

Now that you're a member of our team, you probably can't wait to get involved. We want to help you succeed in your goals and realize the successes you'd hoped for when you joined our team.

As a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you can do almost any job that the Coast Guard's active duty members do, with the exception of direct law enforcement or military/combat operations. You are elgible to attend Coast Guard "C" schools, participate in radio communications and on the water patrols. There are also many, many other areas you can assist in; too many to list here.

Our recommendation is to discuss your interests with your mentor and create a professional development plan to help you achieve your goals. Your mentor and our flotilla staff officers are here to help.

Time Reporting:

Time reporting in the Auxiliary is very important. The data tracked is used for budget purposes and even reported back up to Congress on an annual basis. What's more, many Auxiliary awards are given on the basis of hours contributed. For this reason, it is exteamly important to report your time on a regular basis.

The good news is that time reporting is very easy to complete. All of your time contributed in the Auxiliary can be tracked on form 7029. When complete, the form may be email or sent via postal mail to the FSO-IS for entry into the AUXDATA system (the computer database used to track Auxiliary activities)

Awards:

Awards are presented to Auxiliary members for everything from completing special training tasks to participating in life saving operations. The flotilla meets on a monthly basis and typically presents several awards to active members each meeting. They key to receiving awards is to get and stay as active as possible. Look around at our next meeting. Our most decorated members are almost without exception the most active members.

Awards are worn on the uniform in order of precedence. You can use the ribbon checker to verify the order of precedence for each of your Auxiliary and prior service ribbons.