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Citadel Detachment 2013
Citadel Detachment group photo: 2013

With the official establishment of the Flotilla 12-8a Citadel Detachment in 2008 came the privilege of being one of the first Coast Guard Auxiliary University Programs in the 

The Citadel is one of the few schools in the nation that has this type of program on its campus. Make sure to check out the video clip at the bottom of this page.

About Us
  • We are a group of cadets interested in furthering our cadet career by being involved with the operational side of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
  • Upon graduation, we are interested in attending Coast Guard officer candidate school, direct commission, active duty enlistment, reserve enlistment or continuing with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
  • We believe in the Coast Guard's core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.
  • We were officially established with the Coast Guard Auxiliary on campus in the spring of 2008.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - University Programs
Auxiliary University Programs

Auxiliary University Programs (AUP) prepares the best, brightest, and most talented college students for success in service to their community and country—inside and outside of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

AUP Education offers a 2-4 year education, training, and leadership development experience to college students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students complete a program of study incorporating basic Coast Guard and maritime education, operational training, leadership development, and more advanced maritime safety and homeland security topics. Students acquire operational and leadership experience through their real-world duties on the water and at the waterfront, as interns in professional settings, and as emergency responders to incidents in their local area. Graduates go on to serve part-time in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, apply to the active duty Coast Guard's Officer Candidate School, pursue careers in the maritime or homeland security community, attend graduate school, or enter the private sector. With no post-graduate military obligation, all have the opportunity to apply their Coast Guard Auxiliary training and their college education as successful leaders in whichever career they choose.

AUP Innovation engages students, graduate fellows, professors, and other maritime subject matter experts in the Coast Guard Innovation Program, directed research and development that matches students’ academic interests with Coast Guard strategic need, and robust internships (often for academic course credit). The innovation team is actively engaged not just with the Coast Guard, but with Department of Homeland Security and other maritime community partners in order to cultivate a wide range of cross-service opportunities and shared mission. AUP Innovation projects have also included knowledge management, marine pollution modeling, geographic information systems, arctic pollution research, strategic development, and public policy.

AUP Organizational Performance assists universities, Auxiliary units, and other Coast Guard commands in achieving Coast Guard goals for mission execution, mission support, and force readiness. Undergraduate and graduate business, public policy, and related concentrators have an opportunity to serve in meaningful assignments as “Organizational Performance Consultants” (OPC), working alongside active duty and civilian counterparts to advance the service’s organizational goals. Drawing on the innovative work occurring throughout AUP and combining that work with tools such as the Commandant’s Performance Excellence Criteria (CPEC) and Coast Guard Business Intelligence (CGBI), these OPCs solve emerging challenges, operationalize new processes and technology, develop curriculum, and deliver training.

About the US Coast Guard Auxiliary

When you join the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you could find yourself saving lives, protecting the environment from polluters, guarding our shores from terrorists, and much more. That is our job 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. That's life in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. We do much more than just train. We train and perform. Since 1939 the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

We protect the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America’s Maritime Guardian — Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

Today’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with nearly 32,000 men and women, is a unique force that carries out an array of responsibilities touching almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.

The Coast Guard's motto is Semper Paratus, 
meaning "Always Ready."

The overarching mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, waterways and coastal regions. We will balance our missions of Recreational Boating Safety and Coast Guard Support with Maritime Homeland Security and other challenges that emerge as a result of our growing understanding of changes required in the post-9/11 era.

On any given day, on average, Auxiliarists throughout the United States will do the following:
  • Complete 62.5 safety patrols
  • Complete 6.2 regatta patrols
  • Perform 10.2 vessel assists
  • Assist 28 people
  • Save 1 life
  • Save $341,290 in property
  • Participate in 100 operational support missions
  • Participate in 48.7 administrative support missions
  • Complete 13.4 recruiting support missions
  • Educate 369 people on boating safety
  • Perform 299 vessel safety checks
  • Attend 70 public affairs functions