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The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-preofit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia. The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard authorized the establishment of the Association as the only corporation authorized to provide for the business management of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The all-volunteer U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by act of Congress in 1939 to assist the U.S. Coast Guard, conducts vital missions of Homeland Security and Maritime Public Safety. Auxiliarists perform myriad duties and provide critical services throughout the United States and its territories.

The Auxiliary serves as the Coast Guard's "Executive Agent" for the Coast Guard's Recreational Boating Safety programs. The Auxiliary's expertise in safety programs is a key national asset, not only for the safety of boaters but also for the safety of ports and waterways.  Auxiliary instructors educate the public through boating safety courses, free vessel safety checks of boats, and on the importance of  maintaining a vigil in the maritime environment for any threats to our Homeland Security.

While the Coast Guard may reimburse Auxiliary members for fuel, oil and some maintenance expenses when performing certain operational missions, Auxiliarists are responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and accessories, and, also provide their own boats and aircraft along with outfitting them to meet specific Coast Guard requirements.

The Association helps to support the Auxiliary's outreach and educational programs. The Association also supports the national Auxiliary programs and is the source for Auxiliarists in obtaining organizational specific uniform accessories and equipment required to perform their duties.

The Association also helps to facilitate the Auxiliary's national training objectives and the support for the national board, staff and other support requirements. The Association produces the educational materials and many outreach program materials supporting public education, the waterway watch program, vessel safety check and recreational boating safety program visitor programs, and other public outreach efforts.