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Last Post 26 Jan 2014 03:14 PM by scoutdad25619. 10 Replies.
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15 Jan 2014 12:14 AM
    I am seriously thinking about joining. I have a hazmat/ICS background, could I put those skills to work in the Aux? Can I join any unit or does it have to be close to my house? Thanks.
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    15 Jan 2014 05:51 AM
    For auxiliary, of course you will want to join a flotilla near your home. You don't want to live in Florida and attempt to be in a flotilla in Hawaii. That would simply not make sense. If you have a flotilla 30 miles to the south but they aren't a very active unit (it happens) and there is another flotilla 50 miles north of you, you can go with that one. Just know the auxiliary is 100% voluntary and you will get no reimbursement for any travel time.

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    15 Jan 2014 08:22 AM
    I have two almost the same distance away. Only difference is one of them is in a different state. I didn't know if there were requirements I was not aware of. Thank you for the insight.
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    15 Jan 2014 06:22 PM
    There are no different requirements to join the auxiliary in different states. I would contact both flotillas and find out which one you like better. Talk to the people and get a feel for them. It is a good way to figure out how much you want to be involved in the Auxiliary.
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    15 Jan 2014 08:18 PM
    Will do. Thanks for the advice!
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    17 Jan 2014 07:00 AM
    To answer your question about HAZMAT, yes there are opportunities, but if you're a tech, for example, you won't be going into a suit. You'll do more defensive type work (HAZMAT Operations level). If you get into operations, ICS will be a mandatory part of your required knowledge, so you're ahead of the game..
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    18 Jan 2014 03:43 PM
    Thanks. I filled out the online form, nobody has gotten back to me yet. I'm really looking forward to it.
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    18 Jan 2014 04:16 PM
    If no one gets back to you in a few days, let me know and I can give you the contact information of someone near you. Just make sure to PM which flotillas you are looking at.
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    21 Jan 2014 09:17 PM
    Thanks, I appreciate it.
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    26 Jan 2014 01:12 PM
    I am trying to get a hold of a Flotilla near me that does not have a website!!

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    26 Jan 2014 03:14 PM
    Shoot me a PM... I'll see what I can do.
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