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Am I allowed to wear my USCG Auxiliary Uniform at other military events?
Posted by on 05 November 2011 06:02 PM
The Auxiliary Manual, COMDINST M16790.1(Series), Sec. A.8. Formal and Ceremonial Occasions

Wearing of the Auxiliary uniform by active or retired Auxiliarists for formal and ceremonial occasions is authorized as follows:
a. At civilian and military events requiring formal wear (Dinner Dress Blue Jacket or Dinner Dress White Jacket). Auxiliarists who do not own Dinner Dress Blue/White Jacket may wear Service Dress Blue.
b. Service Dress Blue or White may be worn on occasions where Coast Guard and other military personnel wear the same uniform.  Coast Guard Uniform Regulations, COMDTINST M1020.6 (series), authorizes retired Coast Guard personnel to wear the dress uniform that was prescribed at the time of their retirement, or any dress uniform that is currently authorized for active duty personnel, to certain formal and ceremonial events. The same holds true for Auxiliarists in retired status. Such events include:
c. Military ceremonies (e.g., retirements, changes of command, funerals).
d. Patriotic parades on national holidays, or occasions in which active or Reserve personnel are taking part.
e. Social or other functions when the invitation has been influenced by the member‘s prior military service.
Due to the nature of certain formal Auxiliary events like changes of watch, conferences, and banquets, such events are recognized as falling within the general scope of military ceremony. They are nonetheless Auxiliary events, and Auxiliarists who are invited to them are so invited because of their Auxiliary membership status, not due to a retired military status as may be held by prior active duty or Reserve personnel. Accordingly, Auxiliarists who are also retired military personnel are strongly encouraged and recommended to wear their Auxiliary dress uniform under such circumstances in lieu of any authorized military dress uniform.
Using the  Chain of Leadership and Management , contact your DIRAUX for specific permission/restrictions.

Remember, should permission be granted, you are representing both the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Please review the proper etiquette (Chap 12) as far as saluting [Section A] and embarking and disembarking a US Naval Vessel [Section C] (should you have the opportunity to do so ), as well as section A.6: Pledge of Allegiance.

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