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Introducing a New Aux Weather Course


The Training Directorate is tasked with developing the next generation of Operational Specialty Courses (AUXOP) including: Weather, Communications, Seamanship, Patrols, and Navigation.  We are announcing that the new Weather Specialty Course (AUXWEA) will be available mid-October 2016.

The new AUXWEA course includes the new: student study guide (SSG), PowerPoint slides (PPT), and the new AUXWEA exam on The National Testing Center Website (NTC).

The new course eliminates unnecessary complications from the description of weather phenomenon, and adds modern terminology and concepts to the class.  In addition, there is a new a chapter that discusses weather from the coxswain’s perspective.

Existing AUXWEA course material will be available until mid-October; after that all AUXWEA material will be converted to the new course including the NTC exam. For those instructors that teach AUXWEA and members interested in starting to study AUXWEA, we recommend waiting until mid-October for the new material to be available. Those members currently studying AUXWEA have until mid-October to complete the old exam.

AUXOP material can be found at :

The NTC exams can be found at :


Both sites require a login with member ID and password.




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 As volunteer shipmates, the Coast Guard Auxiliary has been vital in
the Coast Guard's ability to provide safety and security for citizens,
ports, and waterways. With nearly 32,000 men and women, the Coast Guard
Auxiliary is a unique volunteer organization that carries out an array of
responsibilities, touching almost every facet of America's maritime
environment as we continuously balance our missions that emerged as a result
of a post-9/11 era.  

    Just like Coast Guard active duty and reserve, Auxiliarists are
deserving of the best we can offer.  Shopping at the Coast Guard Exchange
(CGX) offers savings directly to the pocketbook of Coast Guard Auxiliarists.
More than just tax-free shopping, price comparisons show that CGX offers an
average savings of 20% or more when compared to private sector retailers
"outside the gate." 

    Recognizing that many Auxiliarists don't live near a CGX and aren't
able to take advantage of what they've earned, CGX is proud to announce the
opening of its online store at Shopping online brings the
savings and tax-free values of Coast Guard Exchange to every Auxiliarist,
and it's as close as your computer, tablet or smart phone.  

    To place orders online, Auxiliarists will click on the "Checkout"
tab on the upper right hand corner of their computer screen after they've
selected all the items that they wish to purchase.  A welcome window will
appear inquiring if the customer is a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist.
Auxiliarists are to check the box "If you are a USCG Auxiliarist, please
check this box."  The window will then show two boxes, in which Auxiliarists
are to enter their member number in one box and their Auxiliary member zone
password (the same password that is utilized for Aux Directory/Aux Officer)
in the other.  After their identification and membership has been entered
and verified, they'll be free to make purchases at their convenience!

    There are over 500 individual products now available at including computers, tablets, headphones, ipods and mp3
players and other small electronics, sunglasses, fragrances, and of course
Coast Guard apparel and gifts. And when you shop on line at, a
portion of every sale supports your Coast Guard Morale, Well-being, and
Recreation (MWR) programs. In fact, over the last 10 years, CGX has
contributed over $22.7M to Coast Guard MWR programs.

    More products will be continuously added to, but we need
your feedback to keep growing. Contact us directly on Facebook or by email at We want to hear from you.

    As CGX stores continue their mission to remodel and renovate their
existing stores, we've invested over $22M over the past 10 years to provide
our Coast Guard shipmates and their families the shopping experience they
want and deserve. It's our way of thanking you for your service and
dedication to the Coast Guard.

    CGX is part of the United States Coast Guard Community Services
Command with a vision to be your destination of choice for Exchange and MWR
benefits.  Our mission is to deliver outstanding value, service, and
convenience to the Coast Guard family and support the readiness and
retention of those who protect and defend the homeland.  

Auxiliary Directory

Auxiliary Guide to Courtesy and Protocol







Learning, On-Line Courses and Testing

Coast Guard Auxiliary Online Classroom

National Testing Center (Tests for on line courses)

FEMA - ICS on line courses and support

Click the Link Below for a Website with Coast Guard and Auxilary Study Guide Information

Department of Member Training


Forms & Manuals


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Miscellaneous Links of Interest



Everyone Has to Sign Up for the N.J. Saltwater Recreational Registry Program -

EVEN if they have a NOAA Certificate.

The N.J certifcate covers flounder - the NOAA certificate doesn't.

Click the Link Below - It's Free!


US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers work to fill fishing boat safety check gap


WASHINGTON —The U.S. Coast Guard’s commercial fishing vessel examination program has helped save lives since 1991, but a new federal requirement means civilian volunteers of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will soon have a bigger role in checking boats and equipment headed out to sea.

Ken Lawrenson coordinates the work of civilian, active duty Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel examiners throughout Alaska. He said harvesting crab, cod and halibut from the rich fishing grounds of the North Pacific and Bering Sea is “one of the most dangerous jobs a person can have.”

Alaska has fewer than 30 qualified examiners to check about 3,800 vessels that will fall under the new requirement, and other regions face similar potential work overloads.

“I wish I had four times as many,” Lawrenson said. “We’re looking to the Auxiliary to augment the workforce.”

Vessel safety examinations have been voluntary so far, but a provision in the federal Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 makes them mandatory for all fishing vessels operating in U.S. waters. The provision is expected to go into effect in late 2012.

“We’re looking at an increase in workload without the proportionate increase in resources,” Lawrenson said.

American citizens over 17 years old with experience or interest in the fishing industry can join the Coast Guard Auxiliary and help this effective program improve safety in America’s commercial fishing fleet.

Nationwide, the Auxiliary currently has 216 volunteers qualified to perform commercial fishing vessel exams, but many more are needed.

Al Morris, an Auxiliary member and former commercial fisherman in Kodiak, Alaska, recently underwent a week of intense vessel exam training in Yorktown, Va., working alongside active duty trainees. He has seen firsthand the improved safety record of fishing boats that participate in the vessel examination program.

“I felt that I could help fishermen follow the rules,” Morris said.