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Below is a brief but comprehensive listing of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's many missions.

Surface (water) Missions
  • Safety Patrol - Patrol under Coast Guard orders using an Auxiliary Operational Facility.
  • Regatta Patrol - Patrolling organized regattas and boat parades.
  • Chart Update Patrol - Verifying the accuracy and completeness of information published on charts and related navigation publications.
  • PWC Patrol - Patrolling on a Personal Water Craft (PWC). Top Of This Page

Air Operations Missions

  • SAR Mission - Search And Rescue call out or the air equivalent to a vessel safety patrol. 
  • Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Air support of a Coast Guard law enforcement mission. 
  • MEP Mission - Air support in the area of Marine Environmental Protection. 
  • Ice Operations Mission - Air support in the area of ice patrol operations. 
  • Logistics Mission - Transportation of personnel. 
  • Training Mission - Training missions involving air operations. 

Land-based Operations Missions

  • Radio Watch stander - Serving as a qualified watch stander at a Coast Guard or Auxiliary facility. 
  • Officer of the Day Duties - OOD at a Coast Guard facility either ashore or afloat. 
  • B-2 Alert SAR Standby - Time spent on stand-by. 
  • B-0 Alert SAR Standby - Standing by under with an Auxiliary Operational Facility for immediate call out. 
  • SAR Call Out - Search And Rescue call out involving communication facilities. 
  • CG Crew Augmentation - Serving as a qualified crew on Coast Guard, not Auxiliary, vessels. 
  • Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Providing surface support of Coast Guard law enforcement mission. 
  • MEP Mission - Surface support for a Marine Environmental Protection mission. 
  • Auxiliary Radio Net Mission - Maintaining Coast Guard authorized Auxiliary radio nets. 
  • Aids to Navigation Mission-Federal - Servicing federal or private Aids to Navigation. 
  • Bridge Administration - Inspecting bridges. 

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  • PE Other Than State/Youth - Auxiliary multi-lesson public education classes. 
  • State and Youth Courses - State public education classes and youth courses. 
  • MT Instructor Mission - Member training activity, including specialty courses, boats crew training, and basic qualification classes. 

Environmental Missions

  • Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Provide support to a Coast Guard law enforcement mission. 
  • Marine Environmental Protection - Provide support to the Coast Guard in the area of Marine Environmental Protection. 

Coast Guard Support and Boating Safety Missions

  • CG Operational Support - A service provided to operational Coast Guard units in support of Coast Guard programs. 
  • CG Administrative Support - Provide support to the Coast Guard in areas other than operations or recruiting. 
  • AIM Mission - The Auxiliary's Academy Introduction Mission (AIM). 
  • RAP Mission - Coast Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (RAP). 
  • Courtesy Marine Examinations - Vessel Safety Checks; Personal Water Craft Safety Checks; Uninspected Passenger Vessel; and Commercial Fishing Vessel. 
  • Public Affairs Mission - Promoting the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary or Coast Guard Reserve.
  • Marine Dealer Visits - Participating in the Marine Dealer Visitation Program. 

Agency Support Missions

  • Federal Agencies - Provide non-operational support to other federal agencies, such as Customs, Corps of Engineers and NOAA. 
  • State Agencies - Provide support to state agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources, State Police and Marine Patrols. 
  • Local Agencies - Provide support to local agencies, such as local police, sheriff's offices, fire/rescue and Harbormasters.

We Need You -- The Coast Guard Auxiliary is called upon to provide essential services to the Coast Guard as they focus more heavily on their military missions.  We need all the help we can get.  You needn't own a boat or be an experienced boater, since our missions are wide-ranging.  For information about Auxiliary missions and the Auxiliary in general, go to our Join the Auxiliary web page.  You will find there a form through which you can ask that a local Auxiliarist make contact with you to explore the ways in which you can assist Team Coast Guard.Top Of This Page


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