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Last Post 06 Aug 2013 08:34 PM by Iceman1978. 2 Replies.
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09 May 2013 11:17 AM

    I just joined the Aux last night and have some questions I dont understand.

    Can someone explain this to me so I dont do the wrong thing? 

    A.16. Sec. 892 - Penalty

    Whoever, without proper authority, flies from any building, aircraft, motorboat, yacht, or other vessel, any flag or pennant or displays any identifying insignia or wears any uniform or insignia of the Auxiliary shall be fined not more than $500.

    Also please explain to me about the Social Media Chapter 5 Section R in the manual-Can we post stuff on FB or no and can we say we are part of the AUX on there or no.

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    10 May 2013 03:28 PM
    The first part about uniforms is pretty much letter of the law as written. If you do not have legitimate reason, don't wear the Aux. uniform in public. When you do, wear it correctly!

    If you're on your way to or from an Aux. function or to serve alongside the active duty that's a legitimate reason to be in (the correct) uniform (within reason, with some limitations). Stopping at Starbucks to get coffee along the way is probably fine. Stopping at a County Fair to pickup your kids, boyfriend/girlfriend is probably less of a good idea. Stopping at a bar to knock a few back is a bad idea. Stopping at anywhere that might foster a sense of impropriety (adult book store, unregulated gambling establishment, house-of-ill-repute, etc.) associated with wearing the uniform is a very bad idea. Check with your fellow flotilla members and use your head. When in doubt, change into alternate pants and shirt. You can still wear the same boots, socks, undies and belt as ‘civies’ but not your hat.

    Get the picture?

    The bit about flags, pennants, insignia, etc. is to make sure you don't display something you're not entitled to show. If you're a new Aux. member and you buy yourself Commodore’s stars and wear them on your hat, you're in violation. If you're a private citizen and not even an Aux. and you get a hold of an Aux. flag and fly it on your car, you're in violation. Check with your mentor and Flotilla Commander whenever you have a doubt. This is real stuff. You have to tow the line like any other service member in the Coast Guard or any other branch of any of the services. This does not apply to gear that simply shows you are a supporter of the Aux. If you want to put a “America’s Volunteer Lifesavers” bumper sticker on your car or an unofficial CG Aux. patch on your backpack, that’s cool. The trick is to avoid making anything look official.

    For social media, just use your head. You can say your a Coast Guard Aux. and be proud of it. If you want to promote how cool the Aux. is, go ahead. Don't try to use your status of being in the Aux. to incorrectly imply you have authority or special status to which you're not entitled. Avoid telling people that something is ‘approved’ unless you’re going to also give them a link to the original reference material and direct them to the authoritative source. By the way, Authoritative Source is a person, not a database or document. People get that confused all the time.

    Also, keep away from saying anything about your operations except perhaps 'in general' what you do and your area of operations. Saying you regularly crew on boats in the XYZ River is OK. Telling people there will be an Aux. patrol at 1000 hours out of Joe's Marina on Saturday the 5th to show the local Mayor so-and-so around the new harbor is NOT a good idea. You're potentially telling bad guys who might be on Facebook something they can misuse. Be guided by your mentor, FC and fellow Aux. in your flotilla.
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    06 Aug 2013 08:34 PM
    Well said Vic.

    I would also add that, if you're using a photo in uniform as your Facebook photo, that you're now an ambassador of the Coast Guard on social media.

    -Always be in proper uniform, not only for a Facebook photo, but any photo for that matter.

    -Use social media to promote Recreational Boating Safety (RBS).

    -See if your Flotilla has its own Facebook page. This is often a great way to generate interest in the ABS Course.

    -Under no circumstances should you ever discuss politics or religion on social media. I don't discuss things like that to begin with, but to be in uniform on Facebook, representing the CG on social media, and discussing politics is not a good idea.
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