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  Uniforms                                         

 

        A poor uniform may reflect poorly on you, but that's the least of the reasons for

        wearing a proper uniform -- when you act as an Auxiliarist, you represent the

        Auxiliary, the Coast Guard ("CG"), and the United States. A shabby uniform

        reflects poorly on all three. When the public sees you, they see the Coast Guard.

 

        When you are in improper uniform it makes the Coast Guard look bad in the eyes

        of the Public, and the Auxiliary look bad in the eyes of the Coast Guard.

 

        An improper uniform on a military base, especially at a CG base, stands out like

        a sore thumb.

 

        Every contact with the CG is an opportunity to leave a good impression of the

        Auxiliary and the professionalism with which we do our job, or make us look like

        folks out of McHale's navy.

 

        A uniform commands respect and represents authority. This can aid the

        auxiliary mission.

 

                                  What uniform should I wear?

 

        A couple of uniforms will take care of more or less all of your needs. Most of the

        "different" uniforms share components.

 

        For more in-depth information, see the

        uniforms chapter of the Auxiliary Manual, but here's a quick survival guide:

 

        Members use the Tropical Blue Long at meetings and for Public Education.

        The Tropical Blue Long uniform consists of the Coast Guard ("CG") blue wool

        pants, the short sleeved light blue (Air Force style) shirt with epaulets. Shoulder

        boards, the plastic pin-on name tag, and ribbons are worn on the shirt. Collar

        devices are not. When out of doors and not sitting, wear the garrison cap or

        combination cover (big round white hat). Only wear V-neck undershirts with this

        uniform - your undershirt should not be showing.

        Note - this is called "tropical blue long." The long is for long pants. The Coast Guard

        (not auxiliary) has a tropical blue uniform with short pants, called "tropical blue short."

 

        Women may wear the CG blue skirt in place of the pants. See the USCGAUX

        manual for specifics.

 

        On patrol, use the Working Blue uniform or Summer Undress Blue Bravo uniform.

        The choice of uniform is up to the Coxswain. Also ask the Coxswain about shoes.

        Boat shoes or black military style boots are usually worn with this uniform. Some

        Coxswains prefer boat shoes to protect their boat's deck from excessive wear.

 

        The Summer Undress Blue Bravo uniform consists of the Coast Guard ("CG")

        blue cotton/poly work pants, and the short sleeved light blue (Air Force style)

        shirt with epaulets. Wear collar devices and the pin-on name tag. Do not wear

        shoulder boards or ribbons. Wear the blue CG Auxiliary baseball cap with a collar

        device. Only wear V-neck undershirts with this uniform.

 

        The Working Blue uniform consists of the Coast Guard ("CG") blue cotton/poly work

        pants, and the short sleeved CG (dark) blue shirt without epaulets. Wear collar

        devices and the pin-on name tag. You can replace the name tag with sewn on

        name cloth tapes with your name and "USCG AUXILIARY." Do not wear shoulder

        boards or ribbons. Wear the blue CG Auxiliary baseball cap with a collar device.

        Only wear V-neck undershirts with this uniform.

 

        For both of these uniforms, consider removing you name tag before donning a

        PFD/Life Jacket. The name tag can get caught on the inside of the PFD, and if you

        are hit while wearing it (or collar devices) the pins in the back penetrate skin very well.

 

        If you are unsure about what uniform to wear, ask. Your interest in keeping up the

        image of the Auxiliary will be appreciated.

 

                                     Where do I get the uniform?

 

        Auxiliarists with a current, laminated ID card with photo have access to CG exchanges

        for any and all purchases except alcohol and tobacco.

 

        Auxiliarists can use DOD (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force) exchanges to

        purchase uniform items and accessories only.

 

        The Auxiliary also has its own stores in each district which do business via mail order

        and set up a store at the district conference. For a catalog/price list, see your FSO-MA.

 

                                                   Some private companies also sell CG and Auxiliary uniforms.

                                                   Shop around for the best prices between the various outlets.

 

                                                                  Uniform Distribution Center Website