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New Member Orientation

Important Websites to know about

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Getting started with Uniforms

The first uniform you will need is called the Tropical blue uniform. This uniform will be worn at most meetings, as well as public affairs events when interacting with the public. You should plan on purchasing a tropical blue uniform within a couple months of joining.

You will need the following for the tropical blue uniform:

  • * Belt - plain buckle
  • * Cap - Garrison cap
  • * Cap accessory - Garrison cap device
  • * Collar device - Member collar insignia (also goes on the cap)
  • * Name tag - Last name only
  • * Shoulder board - Member, Regular Shoulder Boards
  • ** Tropical blue short-sleeved shirt
  • ** Long navy blue pants
  • ** Shoes - black oxford low quarters
  • V-neck white t-shirt (must be v-neck)
  • Socks - black

Single-starred "*" items can be purchased from the District Store.
Double-starred "**" items can be purchased from the following:

Exchange
Curtis Bay CG Yard
2401 Hawkins Point Road
Building 33
Baltimore, MD 21226-1791
(410) 636-4198
Mon-Fri 0900-1630
Sat 0900-1500
Closed Sunday & Holidays

Exchange
Coast Guard Headquarters
2701 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 372-4370
Mon-Fri 0830-1530
Closed Saturday, Sunday & Holidays
U.S. Coast Guard Uniform Distribution Center
414 Madison Avenue
Woodbine, NJ 08270-2315
http://www.uscg.mil/uniform/
(800) 874-6841
UDCSupport@comcast.net
Tropical blue uniform

Other uniforms are used for operations (e.g. boat crew) and other special responsibilities. See your Flotilla Human Resources Staff Officer (FSO-HR) for information about these uniforms.

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Basic Member Training

Complete within 1 year of joining:

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Incident Command System (ICS)

These are required for all members:

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Vessel Examiner

As a certified Vessel Examiner you will have the unique opportunity to work with and educate the recreational boating public. This one-on-one interaction will provide a vital opportunity to enhance a boater’s knowledge, and help ensure they have a safe, fun filled day on the water. You may start this qualification if your membership is AP or IQ, but you must have BQ status to complete this qualification.

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Boat Crew

If your are looking to become more active with operations, then Boat Crew is the best place to start. You may start this qualification if your membership is AP or IQ, but you must have BQ status to complete this qualification.

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Marine Safety & Environmental Protection

The Auxiliary Trident Training program is designed to train Auxiliarists to support Coast Guard Sectors. Training for most qualifications is done by active duty or reserve Coast Guard personnel, not by Auxiliarists. Training opportunities and policies vary from Sector to Sector so members should check with their MS Staff chain of leadership to determine the opportunities and policies in their Sector. You may start this qualification if your membership is AP or IQ, but you must have BQ status to complete this qualification.

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Recreational Boating Safety Program Visitor

The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary have a key, community outreach program called the "Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program". If you believe in supporting recreational boating safety to make our waterways safer for everyone, then become an RBS Program Visitor. You may start this qualification if your membership is AP or IQ, but you must have BQ status to complete this qualification.

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Hours reporting

It is very important that you report the time you devote to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. This information is used by the Coast Guard to secure funding, and is also used to document your eligibility for various qualifications and recognitions.

Most of your time will be recorded on Forms 7029 (Member Activity Log) and 7030 (Mission Activity Report). See your Flotilla Information Systems Staff Officer (FSO-IS) for assistance with filling out these forms.

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