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U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 9CR-18-5, Livonia, Michigan
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Created by an act of Congress in 1939, the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer, civilian, uniformed service that promotes boating safety and helps the regular Coast Guard in a variety of operational duties. The Auxiliary serves under the direction of the Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard. Members of the Auxiliary: Auxiliarists must be U. S. citizens and at least 17 years of age. There is no upper age limit and physical abilities are only assessed in relation to duties for which the member volunteers (for example, one must meet Coast Guard fitness standards to serve on a regular Coast Guard boat or aircraft). Active members of the Auxiliary include men and women in their 90s and people with a variety of physical disabilities. There is no minimum time commitment. A security check is required for Auxiliarists engaged directly in operations.

Auxiliarists proudly wear the same uniforms as members of the regular Coast Guard, but with distinctive markings: silver instead of gold buttons, shoulder boards bearing a prominent "A", name tags that are blue on white instead of white on blue, and so on.

Since 9-11 the Auxiliary has become an increasingly important component of Team Coast Guard, with many enthusiastic and appreciative supporters among the boating public and within the regular service, from Seamen to Admirals. You can serve your country by joining the Auxiliary.

Click here to visit the national U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary site.