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Auxiliary rank/title/office
Last Post 11 Oct 2017 06:31 AM by Auxnoob. 6 Replies.
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29 Apr 2013 04:54 PM
    Hi, looking through one of the web pages, I saw the following link. Is there a Coast Guard Auxiliary Fire Control Technician (or similar)?

    http://www.uscg.mil/auxiliary/train...g/rank.asp
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    29 Apr 2013 05:49 PM
    Those are the Coast Guard rates.

    Auxiliarists don't have rates although you can choose to specialize in a specific program such as operations (boat crew member, coxswain, aids verifier, watch stander), RBS -- recreational boating safety (vessel examiner, program visitor, instructor), Marine Safety, Aviation, etc.

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    07 May 2013 01:42 PM
    This is less clear than it could be. The Aux. has particular qualifications that are very similar to active duty rates. An example would be Air Crew. It's not a 'military' rate per-se but it's got wings and you wear it on your Trops, etc.

    OK, here's where it gets complicated, Aux. are allowed to qualify for other things within the Coast Guard just like an active duty member. That means Aux. can earn a cutterman's insignia, Boat Force Operations insignia and qualify to be Quartermaster of the Watch, etc. In some cases the insignia are different than the active duty insignia. As a general rule of thumb, the Aux. devices are often silver or pewter colored while the active duty ones are often gold or bronze (although not always). In some circumstances Aux. are allowed to earn the right to wear some active duty devices and decorations. One of the guys in my Aux. unit did indeed go to PA school (at least some of it) but I’m not sure that entitled him to wear the PA device. I had a roommate that was a long-time Aux. who earned a cutterman's insignia as an Aux.

    As a general rule Aux. should remember that they are not allowed to qualify for anything that would vest them with deputized police authority, military command authority, carrying of weapons or handling of Coast Guard funds. Even those rules have loopholes but it’s extremely rare that those are allowed. It is an extreme, bad idea to push those limits without carefully following procedures and consulting with appropriate people and receiving written permission from ALL of the authorities involved. Just because it’s possible for an Aux. to qualify as a range instructor doesn’t mean you get to carry a pistol on patrol. Don’t go there.

    That doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader, it just means you can’t command. It also means you can excel and earn some solid recognition. I myself earned the special operations ribbon and I’m proud of it. If you want to try to become qualified as an Electricians Mate, ask your Flotilla Commander and have him or her ask the DirAux. If they say OK, contact a local station or facility and see if they’re willing to train you. If they are, work on it hard and earn the knowledge and respect appropriate. Even if you don’t get to wear the insignia, you get to do good work and know you’ve done something honorable. It really helps also if you earn that qualification and then spend a lot of time at the station helping out. It’s really appreciated by the men and women putting in 65+ hour work weeks.
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    20 Feb 2016 06:29 PM
    How do you go up a rank in the Coast Guard Auxiliary? Is it like ranking up in the Coast Guard?

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    22 Feb 2016 06:31 AM
    It's not like the Active Duty Coast Guard. In the Aux, you are not an officer, you hold an office (either elected or appointed). It doesn't give you authority in the sense that rank does. It describes the job you do for your flotilla or division and so on. Totally apart from that are qualifications you can earn, which give you privileges to teach, inspect or perform duties. You don't have to hold an office to inspect boats or teach courses, including to the active duty.
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    10 Oct 2017 11:33 AM
    What is the more appropriate office insignia to wear when you serve as a Division Staff Officer as well as Vice Flotilla Commander? Both are the single silver bar but one has a red A vs a blue A. Which is considered the higher office?
    James V. Jackson U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary District 9CR Division 18 SO-OP Flotilla 18-05 FSO-SR/FSO-PB
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    11 Oct 2017 06:31 AM
    Personal opinion: wear the one appropriate to what you are doing. I am variously a member, FSO, ADSO, likely VFC again. I switch in/out whatever is appropriate in shoulderboards, pins, velcro on the ODU collar. SDB has the ADSO, since that rarely gets worn anyway. If you are talking about the SDB, perhaps use the shield that represents what you do when you wear that coat most often? I don't think one is considered a higher office, just different responsibilities, but I could be wrong there.

    And Go D9! D9ER here.

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