US Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday
Reported By SSG K.Skitz
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary has been in service since 1941 which is when Congress authorized the creation of a civilian backed maritime service to protect our shores. The USCG Reserves was authorized by Congress just a few years before the Auxiliary but the need for safety on our shores proved that a civilian presence would be beneficial. And thus the USCG Auxiliary was formed.
Those who serve in the Coast Guard Reserve and Auxiliary commonly had their own vessel but the requirement for higher standards proved to be necessary so larger, more powerful vessels were built to serve. Overall there is not much difference between the Reserves and Auxiliary other than pay. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is strictly a volunteer civilian service while the Reserves is payed military. Other than that they are comparably the same.
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary primarily preforms vessel safety checks, recreational boat safety classes and waterway patrols, whether it be river, lake or sea. If you are interested in learning more about the USCG Auxiliary do visit their official website linked below.