Basic Introduction to the Coast Guard An overview presentation of  Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
Basic Introduction to the Coast Guard (BIC) <ul><li>The purpose of this course is to facilitate an in-depth discussion of ...
Core Values  at the Core of of our Service <ul><li>Honor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Integrity is our standard.  We demonstrat...
The Guardian Ethos I am America’s Maritime Guardian. I serve the citizens of the United States. I will protect them. I wil...
Military Officers’ Ranks and Grades <ul><li>The  Career Compensation Act  of 1949 established uniform pay grades for offic...
Overview of the Officer Corps <ul><li>In the Coast Guard, Commissioned Officers in grades O-1 through O-10 are referred to...
Warrant Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers <ul><li>Formally address as Mr/Ms or Sir/Ma...
Junior Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers <ul><li>Formally address as Mr/Ms or Sir/Ma’...
Senior Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as “Commander” or “Captain”...
Flag Officers (Admirals) January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as “Admiral” Grade...
Officers’ Insignia <ul><li>Cover Devices – Emblems worn on covers </li></ul><ul><li>Oak Leaves – One row on cap brim for S...
Officers’ Insignia (cont’d) <ul><li>Warrant Officers’ Insignia: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insignia indicating their specialty ...
Comparative Officer Ranks <ul><li>Rank is divided into two categories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Naval (USCG, USN) </li></ul><...
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AUXILIARY AND ACTIVE DUTY OFFICERS? <ul><li>Active duty (and reserve) officers are military...
Auxiliary Officers <ul><li>Auxiliary Officers hold office, perform duties, and wear military style officer rank insignia, ...
Auxiliary Chain of Leadership January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Auxiliary National Staff Distr...
Auxiliary Officers’ Insignia <ul><li>Auxiliary insignia are similar to active duty, with silver shoulder boards, sleeve la...
Auxiliary Junior Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as Mr/Ms or Sir/M...
Auxiliary Senior Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as Mr/Ms or Sir/M...
Auxiliary Flag Officers (Commodores) January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as “Co...
Officers’ Insignia <ul><li>Cover Devices – Emblems worn on  covers of  all  Auxiliarists; Auxiliary Officers wear their of...
Auxiliary Officer Insignia Peculiarities <ul><li>After serving as an officer at any given level, many Auxiliarists will se...
HOW CAN OFFICERS LIVE THE CORE VALUES? <ul><li>Honor – Respect – Devotion to Duty </li></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, ...
Additional Resources <ul><li>Auxiliary Manual, COMDTINST 16790.1 (series) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscg.mil/direct...
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This presentation has been uploaded for use on Andrew Welch's blog. The purpose of this course is to facilitate an in-depth discussion of items useful to new and seasoned United States Coast Guard Auxiliarists. It draws on extensive resources freely available from the USCG and USCG Auxiliary. It was originally developed by Flotilla 054-25-12 for use with that unit’s new members, but may be freely used by individual units wishing to provide such training.

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  • September 19, 2009 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary September 19, 2009 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
  • Active Duty, Reserve, Auxiliary Officers

    1. 1. Basic Introduction to the Coast Guard An overview presentation of Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    2. 2. Basic Introduction to the Coast Guard (BIC) <ul><li>The purpose of this course is to facilitate an in-depth discussion of items useful to new and seasoned Auxiliarists. It draws on extensive resources freely available from the USCG and USCG Auxiliary. It was originally developed by Flotilla 054-25-12 for use with that unit’s new members, but may be freely used by individual units wishing to provide such training. </li></ul><ul><li>Course Components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NASBLA-approved “Safe Boating Course” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Basic Qualification” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICS-100 online course/exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offered by FEMA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character in Action by ADM James Loy (Ret.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Read and discuss </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do this with a coach/mentor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom lectures and discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate knowledge mastery with signoffs </li></ul></ul></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    3. 3. Core Values at the Core of of our Service <ul><li>Honor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Integrity is our standard. We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all of our actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We value our diverse workforce. We treat each other with fairness, dignity, and compassion. We encourage creativity through empowerment. We work as a team.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Devotion to Duty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We are professionals, military and civilian, who seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement or our organizational goals. We exist to serve. We serve with pride.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Honor is to serve yourself; Respect is to serve others; Devotion to Duty is to serve your country. </li></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    4. 4. The Guardian Ethos I am America’s Maritime Guardian. I serve the citizens of the United States. I will protect them. I will defend them. I will save them. I am their Shield. For them I am Semper Paratus. I live the Coast Guard Core Values. I am a Guardian. We are the United States Coast Guard. January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    5. 5. Military Officers’ Ranks and Grades <ul><li>The Career Compensation Act of 1949 established uniform pay grades for officers and enlisted personnel, active and reserve, in all military services. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This law requires that the pay in a given grade must be the same, regardless of service. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By and large, ranks and grades in the U.S. Military services are direct descendents from the British structure. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All commissioned officers, active and reserve, hold Presidential commissions and are confirmed by the Senate. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are ten grades of Commissioned Officers (O-1 through O-10). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are five grades of Warrant Officers (W-1 through W-5). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Concerning Warrant Officers, the Coast Guard (and Navy) only utilize grades W-2 through W-4. </li></ul></ul></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    6. 6. Overview of the Officer Corps <ul><li>In the Coast Guard, Commissioned Officers in grades O-1 through O-10 are referred to as Unrestricted Line Officers . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While Line Officers develop specific career paths, they are considered generalists , serving as leaders in many fields. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warrant Officers apply their enlisted training, and are considered specialists . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade – The position of an officer within the officer corps; in the Coast Guard, the grades are divided into four categories. </li></ul></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Category Grade Warrant Officers W-2 through W-4 Junior Officers O-1 through O-4 Senior Officers O-5 and O-6 Flag Officers O-7 through O-10 (Admirals)
    7. 7. Warrant Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers <ul><li>Formally address as Mr/Ms or Sir/Ma’am </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Warrant Officers are commissioned officers as well. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are former enlisted personnel with unique expertise. </li></ul></ul>Grade W-2 W-3 W-4 Rank Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 4 Abbreviation CWO2 CWO3 CWO4 Insignia
    8. 8. Junior Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers <ul><li>Formally address as Mr/Ms or Sir/Ma’am </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A LTJG may be introduced as “Lieutenant” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A LCDR may be introduced as “Commander” </li></ul></ul>Grade O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 Rank Ensign Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Abbreviation ENS LTJG LT LCDR Insignia
    9. 9. Senior Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as “Commander” or “Captain” Grade O-5 O-6 Rank Commander Captain Abbreviation CDR CAPT Insignia
    10. 10. Flag Officers (Admirals) January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as “Admiral” Grade O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10 Rank Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Vice Admiral Admiral Abbreviation RDML RADM VADM ADM Insignia
    11. 11. Officers’ Insignia <ul><li>Cover Devices – Emblems worn on covers </li></ul><ul><li>Oak Leaves – One row on cap brim for Senior Officers, two rows for Flag Officers </li></ul><ul><li>Collar Devices – Rank insignia worn on ODU collar </li></ul><ul><li>Shoulder Boards – Rank insignia worn on Tropical Blue </li></ul><ul><li>Sleeves – Rank insignia worn on sleeves of SDB </li></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    12. 12. Officers’ Insignia (cont’d) <ul><li>Warrant Officers’ Insignia: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insignia indicating their specialty is worn on left collar and both shoulders or sleeves. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contrary to Line Officers, Warrant Officer sleeves and shoulder board stripes have blue breaks over the gold. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Five Minus Blue Rule” – To determine CWO grade, subtract the number of blue breaks from five; the result equals the grade. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If the officer rank device is similar , silver will always outrank gold (for single bars and oak leaves). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Silver is a euphemism for “faded” gold; it represents seniority gained over time in a similar rank. </li></ul></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    13. 13. Comparative Officer Ranks <ul><li>Rank is divided into two categories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Naval (USCG, USN) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USPHS and NOAA officers utilize this same structure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Armed (USA, USAF, USMC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grade remains the same across all services </li></ul><ul><li>Insignia: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>USCG and USN use shoulder and sleeve stripes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USA, USAF, and USMC only use metal devices </li></ul></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Grade Naval Armed O-1 ENS 2 nd Lieutenant O-2 LTJG 1 st Lieutenant O-3 LT Captain O-4 LCDR Major O-5 CDR Lieutenant Colonel O-6 CAPT Colonel O-7 RDML Brigadier General O-8 RADM Major General O-9 VADM Lieutenant General O-10 ADM General
    14. 14. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AUXILIARY AND ACTIVE DUTY OFFICERS? <ul><li>Active duty (and reserve) officers are military personnel holding command authority in the form of commissions granted by the President of the United States. Auxiliary officers are organizational and functional leaders, but are elected or appointed to their positions, not commissioned at a rank, and consequently do not hold military-style command authority. </li></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    15. 15. Auxiliary Officers <ul><li>Auxiliary Officers hold office, perform duties, and wear military style officer rank insignia, but they do not hold commissioned military rank. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Auxiliarists wear the insignia of the highest office held. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auxiliarists are only “promoted” when there is an opening at a higher level to which they are then elected or appointed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Officers are appointed by a unit leader to perform the unit’s staff duties or lead a branch, division, department, or detachment. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elected Officers are selected by their peers, and are the unit commanders of Flotillas, Divisions, Sectors, Districts, and the Auxiliary nation-wide. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auxiliary leadership relies heavily on the ability of the leader to motivate and find consensus more so than it does on “rank”. </li></ul></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    16. 16. Auxiliary Chain of Leadership January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Auxiliary National Staff District Commodore  DCOS  District Staff Officers District Captain Division Commander  VCDR  Division Staff Officers Flotilla Commander  VFC  Flotilla Staff Officers
    17. 17. Auxiliary Officers’ Insignia <ul><li>Auxiliary insignia are similar to active duty, with silver shoulder boards, sleeve lace, and buttons instead of active duty or reserve gold. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Officers wear a red “A” on officer insignia. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All other officers and members wear a silver “A” on their insignia. </li></ul></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    18. 18. Auxiliary Junior Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as Mr/Ms or Sir/Ma’am Flotilla Flotilla Staff Officer (FSO) Vice Flotilla Commander (VFC) Flotilla Commander (FC) Division Division Staff Officer (SO) Vice Division Commander (VCDR) District Assistant District Staff Officer (ADSO) District Staff Officer (DSO) National Branch Assistant (BA) Branch Chief (BC) Insignia
    19. 19. Auxiliary Senior Officers January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as Mr/Ms or Sir/Ma’am Flotilla No Senior Officers at this Level Division Division Commander (DCDR) District District Directorate Officer (DDC) District Captain (DCAPT) National Division Chief (DC) Director (DIR) Insignia
    20. 20. Auxiliary Flag Officers (Commodores) January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers Formally address as “Commodore” Flotilla Division No Commodores at this Level District District Commodore (DCO) National Assistant National Commodore (ANACO) Deputy National Commodore (DNACO) or Vice National Commodore (VNACO) National Commodore (NACO) Insignia
    21. 21. Officers’ Insignia <ul><li>Cover Devices – Emblems worn on covers of all Auxiliarists; Auxiliary Officers wear their officer insignia as well. </li></ul><ul><li>Oak Leaves – Like active duty, only silver; one row on cap brim for Senior Officers (shown here), two rows for Flag Officers. </li></ul><ul><li>Shoulder Boards – Insignia worn on Tropical Blue </li></ul><ul><li>Sleeves – Insignia worn on sleeves of Service Dress </li></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    22. 22. Auxiliary Officer Insignia Peculiarities <ul><li>After serving as an officer at any given level, many Auxiliarists will serve in another assignment without a promotion to a higher office. In such cases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Auxiliarist always wears the insignia of the highest office held in the past; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If wearing insignia senior to the assignment currently being held, the “Past Officer Device” is worn on the right breast pocket. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Auxiliarists may optionally wear the “member insignia” (crossed anchors), instead of officer insignia, on their ODU collar. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is most commonly done when working aboard an active duty USCG vessel so as to not appear to outrank the actual active duty Officer in Charge (OIC) of that vessel. </li></ul></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    23. 23. HOW CAN OFFICERS LIVE THE CORE VALUES? <ul><li>Honor – Respect – Devotion to Duty </li></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers
    24. 24. Additional Resources <ul><li>Auxiliary Manual, COMDTINST 16790.1 (series) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscg.mil/directives/cim/16000-16999/CIM_16790_1F.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CHDIRAUX Uniforms and Ribbons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscg.mil/auxiliary/cginfo/uniforms/default.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Coast Guardsman’s Manual </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.amazon.com/Coast-Guardsmans-Manual-George-Krietemeyer/dp/1557504687/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>List of comparative military ranks (United States) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_comparative_military_ranks#United_States </li></ul></ul>January 28, 2010 Active Duty, Reserve, and Auxiliary Officers

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