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The Director of the Auxiliary is the direct representative of the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. (Title 14, USC Chapt. 23)


The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of Team Coast Guard. Founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the US Coast Guard Reserves and re-designated the Auxiliary in 1941. The 30,000+ volunteer members (men and women) donate millions of hours in support of Coast Guard missions.

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  ANTICIPATED DISRUPTION OF AUXINFO AVAILABILITY

1. Due to the software application AUXINFO's lifecycle age, vendor supportability, and ever increasing threshold cyber security requirements, AUXINFO's utilization (https://www.auxinfo.uscg.gov) is in jeopardy of being discontinued. An important test of the application is planned for late January, 2015. Depending upon the test results, an outright suspension, termination, or otherwise unavailability of AUXINFO may ensue.

2. This test will not impact other Auxiliary information systems, including Auxiliary Directory, AUXDATA and sub-elements like Auxiliary order management functions. The Chief Director's Office (CG-BSX) and the National Executive Committee (NEXCOM) are diligently working with other Coast Guard Headquarters program managers to minimize AUXINFO access disruption and identify a long term solution.

3. To mitigate the negative administrative consequences of potentially losing AUXINFO availability in late January, the downloading of needed data like annual awards, quarterly reports, and other business processes that are generated through AUXINFO is strongly recommended.

4. AUXINFO status updates will be periodically provided. Thank you for your support and continued utilization of the Auxiliary administrative tools currently available.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:51:43 PM on 21 Jan 2015

  COAST GUARD UNIFORM BOARD #46

1. ALCGPSC 171/14 is an All-Coast Guard Personnel Service Center message that was recently released to summarize and announce the results of Coast Guard Uniform Board #46. The message can be viewed at the following web site: www.uscg.mil/announcements/alcgpsc.asp.

2. Though targeting active duty and reserve personnel, most of the message's sections are also applicable with respect to Auxiliary uniform policies. The following notes explain how the sections in the message are applicable to Auxiliary uniform policies:

1.A. Wear Foul Weather Parka (FWP) II with Service Dress Blue Uniform: The FWP II (with or without the liner) is authorized for wear with the Operational Dress Uniform (ODU), Tropical Blue (TB), Winter Dress Blue (WDB), and Service Dress Blue (SDB). The trench coat remains an optional item that may be worn with the SDB and other uniforms. However, the FWP II provides superior weather protection.

1.B. Wear Garrison Cap with Service Dress Blue Uniform: Applicable as written except Auxiliary unit commanders may prescribe when the combination cap is required for Auxiliary functions (e.g., for a Change of Watch ceremony).

1.C. Expand Wear of Optional Unit Ball Cap: Applicable as written for Auxiliarists who are authorized by a CG unit to wear its ball cap.

1.D. Food Service Uniform: Applicable as written.

1.E. Sunglasses: Applicable as written.

1.F. Wrist Watches: Applicable as written.

1.G. Tie Tacks: Auxiliarists may wear the replicas of other U.S. Military service miniature officer, senior enlisted, junior enlisted or other associated service insignia that they have earned. Replicas of other U.S. military school insignia or elements thereof are authorized (e.g., U.S. Naval Academy). Auxiliarists may only wear replicas of insignia that they have earned while in that U.S. military service. Other tie tack specifications apply.

1.H. Female Handbags: Applicable as written.

1.I. Female Hosiery Requirements: Applicable as written.

1.J. Wear of Small Unadorned Scrunchies: Applicable as written.

1.K. Female Shirt Seabag Options: Not applicable as Auxiliarists do not have seabag requirements. Female Auxiliarists remain authorized to wear either male or female uniform shirts that provide the best fit.

1.L. Aiguillettes: Not applicable as only Auxiliary District Chiefs of Staff, and aides to the National Commodore and District Commodores, are authorized to wear an aiguillette.

1.M. Prior Service Insignia: Not applicable as Auxiliarists are already authorized to wear specified prior U.S. military service insignia that they have earned.

3. Applicable adjustments will be incorporated in the next change to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual, COMDTINST M16790.1 (series).


Posted by Webmaster at 9:24:47 PM on 22 Dec 2014

  CHANGE TO AUX MANDATED TRAINING

CHANGE TO AUXILIARY MANDATED TRAINING DEADLINE AND REQUIREMENTS

1. In January 2013, ALAUX 001/13 announced launch of the Auxiliary Learning Management System (AUXLMS) and its impact on Auxiliary Mandated Training (MT) requirements for new enrollees. New enrollees were required to complete all Auxiliary MT courses within their first year of enrollment. The first year of enrollment was defined as the Base Enrollment Date (BED) until 31 December of the year following the BED. For example, if a new enrollee had a BED of 15 November 2013, then they had until 31 December 2014 to complete all mandated training.

2. At the Auxiliary National Convention in August 2014, Auxiliary national leadership and the Chief Director of Auxiliary determined it appropriate to extend the deadline for Auxiliary MT completion for Auxiliarists who have enrolled since January 2013. Accordingly, the deadline has been extended from 31 December 2014 to 31 December 2015.

3. The deadline for Auxiliary MT completion for Auxiliarists who were already enrolled by January 2013 remains 31 December 2016.

4. Auxiliary MT is comprised of the following courses:

a. To be successfully completed during the first year of enrollment and then once every five years thereafter:

(1) Building Resilience and Preventing Suicide in the Coast Guard - course code 502379
(2) Security Fundamentals - course code 810030
(3) Privacy at DHS: Protecting Personal Information - course code 810015
(4) Sexual Harassment Prevention - course code 810000
(5) Sexual Assault Prevention / Response - course code 810045
(6) Civil Rights Awareness - course code 502319

b. To be successfully completed only once (new enrollees must complete them during the first year of enrollment):

(1) Ethics 1 / Personal Gifts - course code 502306
(2) Influenza Training - course code 502290

c. Recent changes to Coast Guard policy on Incident Command System (ICS) training requirements have resulted in the following additions to Auxiliary MT, to be successfully completed only once:

(1) Introduction to the Incident Command System - ICS-100
(2) Introduction to National Incident Management System (NIMS) - IS-700

New enrollees must complete these ICS courses during the first year of enrollment. Auxiliarists who have enrolled since January 2013 must complete them by 31 December 2015. All other Auxiliarists must complete them by 31 December 2016. They can be taken online at: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/is/ICSResource/TrainingMaterials.htm. These FEMA sponsored ICS-100 and IS-700 courses are only available through the FEMA website and must be completed online.

5. There are several ways to complete the courses listed in paragraphs 4.a. And 4.b.:

a. Through the Auxiliary Learning Management System (AUXLMS / website: https://auxlearning.uscg.mil/).
B. In a classroom setting (e.g., a flotilla member training session) taught by a qualified Auxiliary instructor using the AUXLMS materials or using downloadable training materials that are available on the National Training Directorate web site (http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=t-dept).
C. The Auxiliary National Training Directorate will make webinar training sessions available on a recurring basis for members who prefer a facilitated presentation but are unable to attend an in-person classroom training session. It is also developing downloadable training material that can be given to Auxiliarists who are unable to complete online training or attend a classroom training session. These additional options are expected to be available in February 2015. An ALAUX will announce their availability.

6. As each of the first six courses listed in paragraph 4.a. above is completed, its own five-year cycle will start. Each cycle will extend to 31 December of the fifth year regardless of the date the course was completed during the year, and so on. For example, if an Auxiliarist completes the Civil Rights Awareness course on 15 November 2014, then they will have to complete it again by 31 December 2019.

7. Recap:

a. ICS-100 and IS-700 have been added to Auxiliary MT. That means six courses need to be successfully completed every five years, and four courses need to be successfully completed only once (during the first year of enrollment).

b. Auxiliarists who have enrolled since January 2013 have until 31 December 2015 to complete all Auxiliary MT.

c. Auxiliarists who were already enrolled by January 2013 have until 31 December 2016 to complete all Auxiliary MT.

d. Auxiliary MT may be completed through the AUXLMS or in a classroom setting using AUXLMS materials or downloadable training materials available on the National Training Directorate web site. Webinar training sessions and other downloadable training material are under development and expected to be available in February 2015.
Posted by Webmaster at 11:07:44 AM on 31 Oct 2014

  CHDIRAUX FINAL ACTION - NATIONAL BOARD RECOMDTNS

CHIEF DIRECTOR FINAL ACTION ON NATIONAL BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

1. At the 2014 Auxiliary National Convention (NACON) in Orlando, FL in August, the following recommendations were placed before the National Board for vote. They are summarized with the Chief Director's final determinations below:

A. Recommendation: Amend CG Auxiliary Manual (AuxMan, COMDTINST M16790.1 (series)) section 4.G.5. "Simultaneous Offices" to add language that prohibits holding the Finance or Materials staff offices while concurrently holding any elected office at the same organizational level (e.g., an Auxiliarist cannot concurrently serve as FC/VFC and FSO-FN or FSO-MA). Provisions are also proposed in the event there is no effective way for the unit to comply with this prohibition. Submitted by DCOs D1-NR, D1-SR, D8-CR, D8-WR, D9-WR, D11-NR, and D11-SR via DNACO LANT-E.

(1) National Board vote: For, after minor amendment.

(2) Chief Director final action: Concur and approved. Final policy language will be developed with the National Executive Committee, announced by ALAUX, and memorialized in the next change to the AuxMan. Changes to AUXDATA will also have to be made.

B. Recommendation: Establish an Auxiliary Musician Specialist (AUXMU) program consisting of certified musicians to be used in various public affairs events and venues of note. Certified musicians would meet prescribed qualifications and would encompass all music categories in the Auxiliary Skills Bank. The leader should be a certified musician and be assigned as a Branch Chief in the Community Relations Division of the Public Affairs Directorate. Establishment of this specialty will facilitate an excellent public affairs and recruiting tool for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Coast Guard. This recommendation will utilize musician skills sets obtained outside the Auxiliary and not add to any training cost for the Auxiliary. Submitted by DCOs D1-SR, D8-CR, and D11-SR via NACO.

(1) National Board vote: For.

(2) Chief Director final action: Concur and approved. This competency will enhance Auxiliary public outreach and image, and there is a clear parallel with the CG Musician's rating. Accordingly, there must be dialogue with the CG music program to address performance standards, expectations, policies, etc. Final policy language will be developed with the National Executive Committee, announced by ALAUX, and memorialized in the next change to the AuxMan. Changes to AUXDATA will also have to be made.

C. Recommendation: Replace the current option for documenting eligibility for an Anniversary Streamer, when the original charter cannot be located, from providing, "...a listing of all previously serving Flotilla Commanders for the 50-year period..." to "...a letter from the DIRAUX Authenticating Eligibility for the Award." Submitted by DIR-H via NACO.

(1) National Board vote: For.

(2) Chief Director final action: Concur and approved. Final policy language will be developed with the National Executive Committee, announced by ALAUX, and memorialized in the next change to the AuxMan.

D. Recommendation: Amend the AuxMan to allow permanent markings, in compliance with the markings provisions of the manual, on any dedicated operational facility which is offered for use by an individual, unit, or corporate owner and whose offer for use is accepted by the Auxiliary. Submitted by DCO D9-WR via NACO.

(1) National Board vote: Against. This recommendation was not forwarded to CHDIRAUX for final determination.


Posted by Webmaster at 3:12:56 PM on 14 Sep 2014

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