The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the COTP: Integration and support of Coast Guard marine safety operations

The United States Coast Guard is relying more on integration of its Auxiliary year after year in order to meet mission requirements, especially those in marine safety. The use of qualified auxiliarists allows the captain of the port to make more effective use of his or her staff. For example, a marine safety team consisting exclusively of active duty personnel can only perform one inspection at a time. By adding two trained, qualified auxiliarists, this allows doubling of capacity without changing the budget or billets. In terms of day-to-day operations, auxiliarists can contribute in seven of the eleven statutory missions (the exceptions are drug interdiction, migrant interdiction, defense readiness, and law enforcement). For incident management, a force of trained Auxiliary personnel with the same day-to-day experience as active duty personnel can back-fill the unit with sufficient qualifications to function at normal staffing levels. Trained auxiliarists also provide a pool of deployable personnel available for the affected area, allowing commanders an effective tool during surge operations and improving continuity of forces. As a volunteer force, the Auxiliary is mostly comprised of older individuals who wish to dedicate their retirement to public service. They bring to the Coast Guard their time and their passion for public service. This provides the Coast Guard with new and sometimes unique solutions to problems.


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  • Accession Number: 01686105
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 2018 10:04AM