|Surface and Aviation
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
- PWC Patrol - Patrolling on a Personal
Water Craft (PWC).
- 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
- Training Mission - Training missions
involving air operations.
- 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
- 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
Public Education Missions
- 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
- 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
Coast Guard Support and
Boating Safety Missions
- CG Operational Support - A service
provided to operational Coast Guard units in support of Coast Guard
- CG Administrative Support - Provide
support to the Coast Guard in areas other than operations or
- 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.