Chapter 4, "Auxiliary Organizational Structure," in the
Manual(M16790.1F) provides an overview of Auxiliary organization.
Briefly, the structure is
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Coast Guard Auxiliary District 11 Northern
Region (D11NR) covers Northern California, Nevada,
and Utah and is composed of ten
divisions and their flotillas. Each flotilla
has its own personality, but they all serve
the boating public and support the Coast
Guard through a variety of programs. There is no geographical requirement
regarding which flotilla an Auxiliarist joins, and Auxiliarists can work with
other flotillas in addition to the one where they are a member. Flotillas are not attached
to any particular Coast Guard station.
The flotilla is the local organization, and everyone must be a
member of a flotilla. Flotillas are numbered, and "Flotilla 12"
means that it is Flotilla 2 in Division 1, while "Flotilla 11-3" is
Flotilla 3 in Division 11. The flotilla is led by an elected Flotilla
Commander (FC) and a Vice Flotilla Commander (VFC). Elected Auxiliarist leaders appoint staff officers who provide functional supervision and program management over specifically authorized activities. The Auxiliary is organized with similar
staff officers at all levels. Staff officers are not barred from holding simultaneous elected offices or another staff
office. A staff officer's appointment expires with the term of the appointing leader.
New Auxiliarists are not normally offered staff officer appointments during their
first membership year. They can use this time to learn about the Coast Guard and to gain experience working with elected leaders or
staff officers in areas of interest.
Flotilla staff officers (FSO-XX) positions are designated as:
Key to Staff Officer Assignments
Aids to Navigation
and Chart Updating (NS)
Aviation (AV) (district level only)
Communication Services (CS)
Flight Safety Officer (DFSO) (district level only)
Information Services (IS)
Legal/Parliamentarian (LP) (district level only)
Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MS)
Member Training (MT)
Human Resources (HR)
Public Affairs (PA)
Public Education (PE)
Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program (PV)
Secretary of Records (SR)
Vessel Examinations (VE)
The division is the next highest Auxiliary level.
A division has five or more flotillas in the same geographical area.
The division is led by an elected Division Commander (DCDR). and a Vice
Division Commander (VCDR). The DCDR may appoint division staff officers who will be designated as SO-XX.
The Auxiliary district is the organizational unit above the
division. A district is headed by an elected District Commodore (DCO), a
District Chief of Staff (DCOS), and one or more District Captains (DCAPT). The DCO
may appoint district staff officers (DSO-XX) and assistant district staff
officers (ADSO-XX). The Auxiliary district will coordinate with a Coast Guard
that has active duty officers assigned to this task. At the district
level, the geographic boundaries of the gold and silver sides are the same, but
there is no geographic or organizational symmetry below the district.
will give an idea of the many activities occurring in