Membership is open to any citizen of the U.S. and its territories and possessions who is seventeen years of age or older (no mandatory maximum age) and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc. (CGAuxA, Inc.). Membership is predicated on full and successful completion of the Auxiliary enrollment application, including the passing of the New Member Exam and acknowledgement of CGAuxA, Inc. membership. It is also predicated upon receipt of a favorable (FAV) Personnel Security Investigation (PSI).  Individuals who hold dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country may become members of the Auxiliary.

Auxiliary membership is open to all U.S. citizens, or those of dual citizenship as described above, who are current military active duty or Reserve personnel, or veterans of these services who were discharged under honorable conditions.

There are no specific physical standards that must be met in order to be eligible to enroll in the Auxiliary. There are also no requirements for Auxiliarists to schedule physical examinations solely for the purpose of evaluating their physical fitness to perform missions.

Any Auxiliarist, regardless of physical limitations, may participate in training to achieve certification in a non operational or operational position. However, to become certified in an operational discipline, Auxiliarists must demonstrate their ability, mobility, and endurance to satisfactorily complete performance-based training and qualification tasks that are based on the procedures outlined in associated qualification guide(s)…

Individuals are NOT eligible for enrollment in the Auxiliary when any of these circumstances, which shall be addressed by all individuals in the course of application for enrollment, exist:

  • Does not possess a Social Security Number (SSN).
  • Any pending or unresolved criminal court action or judicial proceeding(including pre-trial intervention or diversionary program sanctions).
    Convicted of a felony, major misdemeanor, or minor misdemeanor(s) given consideration for waiver in accordance with established provisions.
  • Current or prior registered sex offender.
  • Convicted of any domestic violence charge.
  • Currently under criminal restraint, serving a sentence, on parole, probation, or other civil restraint.
  • Prior military service with a DD-214 that reflects a reenlistment code of RE-4 (individual’s ineligibility for reenlistment is based on unsatisfactory performance due primarily to personal behavior/conduct). Limited circumstances may warrant waiver, in which case the Director shall consult with the Chief Director prior to any such action.
  • Raised and trained in institutions having mental or correctional features, including voluntary.
  • Repeated drug, including marijuana, or chemical substance abuse/use, where the use of and reliance on these substances are part of the person’s behavior pattern (this includes participation in a drug rehabilitation program, but does not include drug experimentation which is defined as a few times for reasons of curiosity, peer pressure, or similar reasons).
  • Intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of application or during any stage of processing.

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