United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Promoting Boating Safety and Stewardship since 1939
Agency OverviewEstablished by Congress in 1939 under title 14, §§ 23 of the U.S. Code, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary isSemperParatus(Always Ready). We invite you to explore our site and learn more about who we are and what we do to be "SemperParatus."
The Auxiliary operates in
- Safety and Security Patrols
- Search and Rescue
- Mass Casualty or Disasters
- Pollution Response & Patrols
- Homeland Security
- Recreational Boating Safety
- Commercial Fishing and Vessel Exams
- Platforms for Boarding Parties
- Recruit for all service in the Coast Guard
In addition to the above, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary operates in any mission as directed by the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard or Secretary of Homeland Security.
The over arching mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, and waterways. We balance our missions of Recreational Boating Safety and Coast Guard Support with Maritime Homeland Security and other challenges that emerge as a result of a post-9/11 era.
- Today's Missions
Today′s U.S. Coast Guard, with nearly 32,000 men and women, is a unique force that carries out an array of responsibilities touching almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.
The primary mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is Recreational Boater Safety.
We also have the mission to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, waterways and coastal regions, as directed by the United States Coast Guard.
- National Strategic Plan
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's goals and strategies are to ensure the public has a safe, secure, and enjoyable recreational boating experience by implementing programs that minimize the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage while cooperating with environmental and national security efforts.
The full Strategic Plan for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, in PDF format, can be downloaded here.
The Auxiliary has units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
Under the direct authority of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security via the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Auxiliary's internally operating levels are broken down into four organizational levels: Flotilla, Division, District and National.