Leadership training is a very highly sought after and demanded series of classes. Some of the initial classes are self-study and online, while others require a serious commitment of time and resources. The higher up you move in elected leadership positions within the Auxiliary, the more demanding the leadership training.
Typically, elected leadership training will flow as follows:
All personnel interested in Flotilla leadership should take either APC or the FLC prior to running for an election. Once elected as a Vice Flotilla Commander or Flotilla Commander, they should think about taking AUXLAMS. Along the same thinking, Division elected officers should be considering AMLOC while District & National elected leaders should consider ASOC.
Who takes APC? All personnel are encouraged to take this course. Anybody seeking elected offices (FC, VFC, or higher) is required to take APC or FLC.
Prerequisites: Must have a member number in order to take the online exam.
Time Commitment: self-paced. Usually between 5-24 hours for study and the exam.
The FLC provides Flotilla Commanders (FC) and Vice Flotilla Commanders (VFC) an organizational framework and resources to successfully manage their Flotillas. Completion of this course qualifies members to run for the positions of FC and VFC.
The FLC presents leadership and management concepts and provides tools and other online resources that support the requirements of these positions throughout their tenure. You'll work your way through this information to achieve the following goals:
Who takes FLC? Anybody seeking elected office is required to take APC or FLC. New FCs or VFCs are encouraged to take FLC if they have already taken APC. FLC also counts towards AUXOP.
Prerequisites: must have a member number in order to register & take the exam.
How do I get started? Register at http://www.cgaux.org/training/FlotillaCommander.html
Time Commitment: Self-paced via online classroom. After you have reviewed the online presentation and related materials you can access the National Testing Center to take the final exam to record completion. A minimum passing score of 90% is required for the online exam.
AUXLAMS (also known as AUX-02) is a leadership course that seeks to give tools for leadership development to current and future leaders of the Auxiliary. This course is a great opportunity for current and future leaders in your district to get to know other leaders from around the country and develop leadership depth in your District.
AUXLAMS is a unique 5-day course which develops leadership and management skills for Auxiliary leaders through experience-based curriculum. AUXLAMS is offered in two formats: the AUXLAMS 5-day Resident Course and the AUXLAMS A and B format of 2 ½ days each (Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday) to complete the requirements. Lesson topics include communication, ethical decision making, motivation, strategic leadership, volunteer leadership and problem solving. This course addresses 8 of the 28 Coast Guard leadership competencies:
Who takes AUXLAMS? Elected leaders at all levels of the organization should take this course and will be given top priority. However, Auxiliary personnel currently active in any leadership position are eligible for this course. Other Auxiliarists interested in becoming leaders may also attend as long as the class size does not exceed 30 students.
Prerequisites: it is highly recommended you have APC/FLC completed. A member number is required.
How do I get started? Speak with your FSO-MT and FC; fill out STTR.
Time Commitment: 5 days (can be broken into a 2-part class: AUXLAMS-A & AUXLAMS-B).
AMLOC (also known as AUX-05) is the third in a series of five leadership courses and follows the Flotilla Leadership Course (FLC) and AUXLAMS. It offers mid-level leadership and management skills beyond the basics, with greater emphasis and insight into problem solving and the understanding and development of people skills, time management and the responsibilities of a division or department level office.
AMLOC is a 5-day leadership course which builds upon and extends the fundamentals from AUXLAMS. Lesson topics consist of:
Participants have an opportunity to network with other Auxiliary leaders. AMLOC has been taught by the National Training Department for several years and has been widely acclaimed by the members that have attended. The course is a concentrated leadership and management course for division level leaders.
Typical topics include: Principles of Leadership; Leadership in Action; Communication; Coaching; Problem Solving; Role of the DCDR; Division Staff; Action Planning.
Who takes AMLOC? Currently elected Division Vice Commanders, Division Commanders. Flotilla Commanders & Vice Flotilla Commanders who plan on seeking higher offices.
Prerequisites: VFC or higher. Completion of AUXLAMS or the Coast Guards LAMS course is required.
How do I get started? Route a STTR (form 7059) via the chain-of-leadership for approval.
Time Commitment: 5 days (can be broken into a 2-part class: AMLOC-A & AMLOC-B)
ASOC (also known as AUX-07) is an advanced course in the Leadership Continuum which focuses on the skills necessary to lead and manage the responsibilities at the District level. Based on the Leadership Competencies, the course covers Expectations and Responsibilities of National Board and Association Board members, Coast Guard Interface, District Management Skills and Responsibilities, Conflict Management, Strategic Planning and Implementation, and Change Management. Pre and Post-classroom assignments extend the learning experience over a six-month period, with intense instruction during the resident portion of the course.
Who takes ASOC? District Captains, District Chief-of-Staff (Vice District Commodores), District Commodores, National Vice Commodores, and National Commodores.
Prerequisites: applicants are to be current elected Auxiliary Vice District Commodores and newly appointed National Directorate Commodores. Those members who have previously attended this course or not currently an office holder are ineligible due to limited space.
How do I get started? Route a STTR (form 7059) via the chain-of-leadership for approval
Time Commitment: 5 days.
Auxiliary C-schools are Coast Guard-funded formal training events. They are short-term in nature (i.e. usually 2-5 days long) and deal with specific subject matter (e.g. distance education technology, information systems, spatial disorientation). They normally require students to travel to a Coast Guard training center, although some C-schools can be exported so that instructors travel to regional locations to deliver the training.
AUXLAMS (AUX-02), AMLOC (AUX-05), and ASOC (AUX-07) are all considered C-schools. You must sign up for a C-school via your DIRAUX office by filling out a Short Term Training Request form.
The STTR must be faxed, mailed, or carried to your DIRAUX office via your Chain-of-Leadership. Unless a waiver is granted by DIRAUX, Auxiliarists can attend a C-school only once every three years. Each DIRAUX office decides who may attend any C School based upon the job the Auxiliarist performs for the Coast Guard.