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USCG Auxiliary Uniforms Protocol

Joe O’Leary, Director

Division Chief Uniform

Jackson Whitaker

Jan 2012 for N-Train Presentation

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Topics: Looking good

Uniforms / Appearance

Grooming

Protocol

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Appearance

The public does not differentiate between Coast Guard active duty and the Auxiliary, especially when the uniform is worn. Coast Guard active duty members are bound by strict military grooming and weight standards. Realizing that the Auxiliary is made up entirely of volunteers, the active duty grooming and appearance standards are relaxed as they apply to Auxiliarist. As a matter of pride, all Auxiliary members should set the goal to strive to attain the same standards as active duty members.

Auxiliarist who wear the Auxiliary uniform will be held to higher grooming and appearance standards than those who wear the Auxiliary Blue Blazer outfit. The Auxiliary

Blue Blazer outfit is optional apparel and is authorized for activities described in Chapter 10.

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New uniforms

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Makeshift Uniforms

Members need to be aware that active duty members wear the uniform with pride and when they see an Auxiliarist improperly dressed it can be seen as offensive to the service.

Additionally, most Auxiliarist interact with stations where the young influential active duty members are abundant. Here, it’s especially important to set the proper uniform image at all levels.

If it doesn't match the material and construction, it is no-longer uniform

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If one cannot afford the cost of a proper uniform do not to spend the money on creating a look alike.

Someone right out of boot camp can spot the difference quicker than saying Semper Paratus.

It would be better if the member is in civilian attire than a improper uniform.

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Grooming

• Auxiliarist who desire to wear their hair, jewelry, or maintain a general appearance different from that described in Chapter 10 shall wear the Auxiliary

Blue Blazer outfit instead of the Auxiliary uniform.

• Or proper civilian attire

• Waivers for any deviations from the grooming and appearance standards described in Chapter 10 must be submitted through the chain to the appropriate Director.

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Blue Blazer and Other Items

Auxiliary rings, lapel pins and blazer patch okay

Auxiliary Blue Blazer may substitute for all uniforms, except ODU’s.

Blue Blazer worn with white or gray pants or skirt, white shirt, black shoes and tie for men.

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Source:

Coast Guard Uniform Regulations

COMDTINST M1020.6 (series), except were noted in AUXMAN Ch. 10.

Auxiliary Manual

COMDTINST M16790.1G JAN 2012

Chapter 10

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Uniform Standards

Wear the uniform with Pride, as a representative of the Auxiliary and the Coast Guard.

Elected officers should set example.

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FC and VFC, look over your members at every flotilla meeting (uniform & grooming)

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“Service Peculiar”

Standards

(continued)

Men

cannot

wear earrings. Women

can

wear small silver or pearl studs. Diamond studs can be worn with dress uniform.

Necklaces, chains, suspenders, pens, handkerchiefs, etc…

should not

be visible.

Hair should be

neat and clean

and above the collar (for men) or at the collar (for women).

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OPERATIONAL

DRESS

UNIFORM

(ODU)

UNISEX

Uniform sew-on devices will now display a black “A” for Auxiliary. The

Red and Blue “A” designation has been discontinued for use on ODU only but still applies to dress uniforms

It is

not

a Liberty

Uniform.

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Hats/Caps

Combination Cap

• Can be worn with most uniforms

• Men’s and women’s styles

Garrison Cap

• Use with Trop’s and cannot be worn with service dress after Dec.

2012

• With small cap device (left) and small metal office insignia (right)

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Name Tags

White with CG blue lettering.

3 3/16 in. wide and 5/8 in. high.

Surname only.

US. Coast Guard Auxiliary below name.

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Collar Devices

• Open collared short sleeve shirt

- placed on center of collar flap, along a line bisecting collar

• Long sleeved Light blue and winter blue

(with tie)

- placed parallel to front edge of collar

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Undergarments

A word about V-Neck T-Shirts

WRONG!

RIGHT!!!

The Coast Guard wears V- neck T-Shirts, not crew necks

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PROTOCOL

• Customs and protocol practiced.

The Auxiliary is a part of the ceremonial procedures that contribute dignity and color to our lives as civilian members of the

Coast Guard family. All should read.

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PPROTOCOL Oct. 2010

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When Wearing a Uniform is

Prohibited

In public places of dubious reputation

When engaged in political activities

When in a foreign country

Don’t wear distinctive parts of the uniform or insignia with civilian clothes.

You may not wear a uniform for extended travel

(air, train, car) unless under US Coast Guard orders only - that is: to and from your location

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Discontinued and the term

“Serviceable”

• Ball caps with scrambled eggs or any other markings are to be discontinued for wear by Dec 31,

2012

• Auxiliarists may use commercial sources for buying uniforms and insignia, except for Auxiliary ball caps.

These caps may only be obtained from the following sources: AUXCEN, UDC, or the Coast Guard

Exchange System (CGES).

• Consult the Uniform Procurement Guide for updated information and discontinued dates on Working Blue and Tucked ODUs

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