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
the Coast Guard ("CG"), and the United States. A shabby uniform
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
Public, and the Auxiliary look bad in the eyes of the Coast Guard.
uniform on a military base, especially at a CG base, stands out like
a sore thumb.
with the CG is an opportunity to leave a good impression of the
the professionalism with which we do our job, or make us look like
folks out of
commands respect and represents authority. This can aid the
uniform should I wear?
A couple of
uniforms will take care of more or less all of your needs. Most of the
uniforms share components.
in-depth information, see the
chapter of the Auxiliary Manual, but here's a quick survival guide:
use the Tropical Blue Long at meetings and for Public Education.
Blue Long uniform consists of the Coast Guard ("CG") blue wool
short sleeved light blue (Air Force style) shirt with epaulets. Shoulder
plastic pin-on name tag, and ribbons are worn on the shirt. Collar
not. When out of doors and not sitting, wear the garrison cap or
cover (big round white hat). Only wear V-neck undershirts with this
your undershirt should not be showing.
Note - this
is called "tropical blue long." The long is for long pants. The Coast Guard
auxiliary) has a tropical blue uniform with short pants, called "tropical blue
wear the CG blue skirt in place of the pants. See the USCGAUX
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
prefer boat shoes to protect their boat's deck from excessive wear.
Undress Blue Bravo uniform consists of the Coast Guard ("CG")
cotton/poly work pants, and the short sleeved light blue (Air Force style)
epaulets. Wear collar devices and the pin-on name tag. Do not wear
boards or ribbons. Wear the blue CG Auxiliary baseball cap with a collar
wear V-neck undershirts with this uniform.
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
cloth tapes with your name and "USCG AUXILIARY." Do not wear shoulder
ribbons. Wear the blue CG Auxiliary baseball cap with a collar device.
V-neck undershirts with this uniform.
For both of
these uniforms, consider removing you name tag before donning a
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.
do I get the uniform?
Auxiliarists with a current, laminated ID card with photo have access to CG
for any and all purchases except alcohol and tobacco.
can use DOD (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force) exchanges to
uniform items and accessories only.
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.
private companies also sell CG and Auxiliary uniforms.
around for the best prices between the various outlets.