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*Attention: AUXOP requirements change effective January 1, 2011. See -037-10. AUXOP details reproduced below. As of 11/1/2010 the CGAUX website has not been updated to reflect the  scheduled 2011 changes.

The AUXOP program (Operational Auxiliarist) of the Coast Guard Auxiliary gives Auxiliarists the opportunity to study and take proctored examinations on operational topics of importance. The courses include:

AUXCOM – Communications

AUXPAT – Patrols

AUXSEA- Seamanship

AUXWEA- Weather

AUXACN – Coastal Navigation

AUXSRC – Search Coordination  (Must attend classroom training)

Once an Auxiliarist successfully completes all of the examinations in this training regimen they are authorized to wear the AUXOP device on their uniform. As each exam is passed the Auxiliarist earns first a ribbon and subsequent bronze stars to display their success to date.

Specialty Training Ribbon

Specialty Ribbon

AUXOP is a high standard that Auxiliarists are encouraged to to achieve. The Specialty Training Ribbon is awarded upon successful completion of the first AUXOP examination. Each test past after the first allows the wearer to attach a bronze star to the ribbon. Once the AUXOP device is earned the ribbon is no longer worn. Ribbons are the paychecks of the .

AUXOP Program (effective 01 January 2011):

a. The AUXOP program will be revised to consist of core, leadership, and elective credit elements in order to give variety to Auxiliarists, increase practical AUXOP relevance to Coast Guard missions, and better assist the Coast Guard to fulfill needed skill sets. Under the new program, Auxiliarists will be

required to successfully complete a minimum of seven (7) credits from three categories of courses detailed in items (a)-(c) below to receive the AUXOP qualification. This revision will give Auxiliarists more choices to meet program requirements, allow the pursuit of preferred focus areas, and apply credit for ICS training and expertise.

(1) The three required core courses, each worth one credit, shall be:

(a) Auxiliary Weather Specialty Course (AUXWEA).

(b) Auxiliary Seamanship Specialty Course (AUXSEA).

(c) Auxiliary Communications Specialty Course (AUXCOM)*.

* Updated Auxiliary Communications Specialty Course (AUXCOM) (effective immediately): This updated course is now available from the Auxiliary National Supply Center (ANSC). It has been reviewed, approved, and promulgated under signature of the Chief Director of Auxiliary (CG-542), and it now replaces the previously numbered Coast Guard course publication. Auxiliarists who have already begun the previous AUXCOM version have until December 31, 2010 to successfully complete that course for credit.

(2) Auxiliarists will be required to complete one of the following leadership courses, worth one credit (AUXOP credit will not be applied for more than one course from this category). These courses include:

(a) Auxiliary Leadership and Management (AUXLAMS).

(b) Auxiliary Mid-Level Officers Course (AMLOC).

(c) Auxiliary District Captain Course (Formerly RCO Course).

(d) Flotilla Leadership Course (FLC) – this includes online and classroom versions.

(e) Auxiliary Senior Officers Course (ASOC).

(3) Auxiliarists will be required to complete their AUXOP credits by completing a combination of the following elective courses, totaling three or more credits:

(a) Auxiliary Search Coordination and Execution Specialty Course (AUXSC&E) (the Auxiliary Navigation Specialty Course (AUXNAV) is a pre-requisite for AUXSC&E) – 2 credits.

(b) Auxiliary Navigation Specialty Course (AUXNAV) – 2 credits.

(c) Introduction to Marine Safety – 2 credits.

(d) Auxiliary Patrol Specialty Course (AUXPAT) – 1 credit.

(e) Auxiliary Aids-to-Navigation (ATON) and Chart Updating Cschool (AUX-06) – 1 credit.

(f) Coast Guard Incident Command System (ICS) 300 & 400 (ICS 210 cannot be used as a substitution) – 1 credit.

(g) Auxiliary Air Coordinator C-school (AUX-15) – 1 credit.

(h) Specialty ICS courses count as one credit for completion of the in-class course and one credit for the completion of the for a possible two credits. If an in-class course is not available, then must be completed for credit.

Specialty ICS courses include:

1. ICS 346 (Situation Unit Leader).

2. ICS 347 (Demobilization Unit Leader).

3. ICS 248 (Resources Unit Leader).

4. ICS 430 (Operations Section Chief).

5. ICS 440 (Planning Section Chief).

6. ICS 351 (Finance Section Chief).

(4) The previously canceled Auxiliary Search-and-Rescue Specialty Course (AUXSAR) and Auxiliary Administration Specialty Course (AUXMIN) shall be acceptable if already completed. They shall be worth 1 credit each and may be used on a one-for-one basis in lieu of course options listed in 5.a.(3) above.

b. Additional elective courses may be added by CG-5421 in the future.

c. If AUXDATA is not modified to reflect these AUXOP program changes by the implementation date, then AUXOP program completion will have to be manually tracked. Primary responsibility for tracking personal training and successful course completions rests with the Auxiliarist.

d. No time limit shall apply to successful completion of AUXOP eligibility requirements.

e. Provisions of section 11.A.12 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Manual that deal with the Auxiliary Specialty Ribbon shall be modified as follows:

“This recognition is presented to an Auxiliarist who has successfully completed any AUXOP course. Auxiliarists add 3/16-inch bronze or silver stars to show successful completion of additional courses which move them closer to achievement of the AUXOP device. AUXOP designation recognizes the

successful completion of all AUXOP requirements, and entitles the Auxiliarist to wear the AUXOP device. Once the device is earned, the Specialty Ribbon shall be removed.”

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  • A foggy day in Southern Maryland. Good morning shipmates.
  • Wear it!  News media ask the boaters you photograph why they don't. Start the discussion and save a life.
  • Our cold-water survival training was ultimately made possible by the Guardians of  U S Coast Guard Station Annapolis.  Two Guardians hauled each of us onto the deck of a fast boat.  During the training they made sure we were safe.  I am so proud to serve with these men and women. Each one is an outstanding professional.  Thank you Station Annapolis.
  • Once a crew is in the water survival and staying together is key. Chaining together as they do here the crew shares warmth and prolongs life.
  • A face that could be your next door neighbor. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from three Maryland flotillas took their annual cold-water training at Coast Guard Station Annapolis. Bill Smith from the Drum Point Flotilla reflects the serious of his training in his expression. Bill is not new to cold water.
  • To. feller and Bill Smith, Coast Guard Auxiliary, arrive at Coast Guard Station Annapolis for cold-water training.
  • A two-minute lesson that covered finger dexterity after cold water immersion. We placed a hand in cold water while the instructor spoke for two minutes. One we removed our hands we had to pick up the coin on the table. Not as easy as if looks. Try this only with an expert present.
  • Shawn Moore, Auxiliarist was our cold-water instructor.
  • Ray Feller, Auxiliarist  dons his dry suit. The suit provides significant protection in cold water. Having the suit alone is not enough. Knowing how the human body reacts to sudden immersion was the classroom session of our training today.
  • These volunteers attending cold-water survival training today could be your neighbors. Flotillas from Solomons Island to Annapolis were represented today.  Guardians made sure our training was safe. Another reason why I love to say Guardians rock!
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