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Considering joining the Aux
Last Post 09 Sep 2019 10:56 AM by Auxnoob. 2 Replies.
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05 Sep 2019 01:54 PM
    Hello All,

    Some background on me:

    36 years old.  Was always interested in the military but never had the opportunity to join, due to a couple of minor disqualifying medical issues.   Recently heard about the Aux, and I think it could be a good opportunity for me to finally be able to serve in some capacity, and to wear a uniform with pride.   I work a day job, but id like to be able to volunteer one day per week.  

    I live on the NJ coast, and luckily there are many flotillas near me, including some based at active coast guard stations.

    From what I understand, the Aux is mainly made up of older folks, retirees, etc.   At age 36, would I be one of the youngest guys in most flotillas?   This is perfectly fine with me, I just wanted to know what to expect.

    Also, what type of duties would be available to me as an entry-level Aux approved for OS (Operational Support)?   Is it mostly administrative duties, boating safety, etc. at this level?   

    What type of duties would require you to get DI or DO approval?   

    Thanks for the help, I know that it will probably be a long wait to get approved and alot of training involved, but I am ready to put the work in.   I plan on reaching out to some local flotillas soon to get the application process started.  

    Best regards,
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    06 Sep 2019 09:41 AM
    The Auxiliary is a great way to scratch the itch, but that is about all it is for most people.

    You can do as much or as little as you want. I have read articles of Auxiliary members being on boats with active duty, playing the support role for disaster relief and a whole host of other things. You are at a huge advantage being located near the coast. I am inland, and most of what we do is boat checks for people before getting on the river. Some guys distribute safety materials at marine dealers, and give boater's safety courses.

    It is really all up to you on what you want to make of it. There are a ton of trainings you will need to do before you can do anything in particular. I think it is a great organization, and welcome aboard.
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    09 Sep 2019 10:56 AM
    PriorQM has pretty much nailed it. The Aux primarily is to teach and support boating safety. But different flotillas have different programs. You are lucky in that there are a number of flotillas available to you. You can check them out for the one that fits your goals. It is worth the time to check them out. There is one in Jersey that gave a high school girl a hard time about joining. She went to the CG Academy and is a JG. Just sayin'.
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