I found this group the Coast Guard Auxiliary. It is an all volunteer group, you can do as much or as little as you want. You can wear a uniform if you want or not. Also facial hair is allowed. I am in the process of joining right now.
As some of you know I spent 8.5 years in the Navy. I got hurt and was medically discharged in 2008. I have been looking to join something like this since 20008. The problem was that I can not pass the physical fitness test's. With this group there really is not a fitness test or weight/hight requirement. This is good for people like me that still want to serve my Country and do it with my disabilities.
Tens-of-thousands of men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (the Auxiliary) have spent millions of volunteer hours helping the U.S. Coast Guard (the Coast Guard) carry out its mission. They have saved countless lives through their work and are probably best known for their boating safety classes and Vessel Safety Checks.
Here we present a broad knowledge of the Auxiliary, as we become an increasingly important member of "Team Coast Guard" – the combined Active, Reserve, Auxiliary and Civilian components of the Coast Guard.
Why Should I join
Are you looking for adventure while serving your country and your community?
If you are looking for some adventure in your life, consider joining the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Wherever your interests lie, and whatever life skills you have, chances are that the Coast Guard Auxiliary can offer you an area to serve that will enrich your life in ways you may not have imagined.
The Auxiliary offers you a unique opportunity to make a real difference in your local community and across the country.
We welcome and recognize your past experience, skills and talent. We challenge you to have fun learning new skills and qualifications in company with a very special group of volunteers.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a number of opportunities, but the tasks can generally be divided into three service areas:
Recreational Boating Safety
Operations and marine Safety
Auxiliarists are able to partake in training and perform missions in any of these areas.
Recreational Boating Safety
One of the Auxiliary’s primary missions is recreational boating safety. This mission is accomplished by qualified members delivering Public Safety Boating Education training and classes, by providing voluntary vessel safety checks to boaters, by visiting with and educating local marine related industries, and by general outreach to the boating public through boat shows and other public venues and events.
Operations and Marine Safety
For those interested in boating, the Auxiliary offers a rigorous level of hands-on training and qualification as boat-crew and coxswain. Qualified Auxiliarists perform regular safety patrol missions in their local area and support local boating activities on-the-water such as regattas, fireworks & fleet visits.
In addition, the Auxiliary works side-by-side with their active-duty USCG counterparts in many other mission areas, including environmental protection, Commercial Vessel Safety Inspections, Port Security and Planning, Licensing and Documentation, and other vital operational roles. Auxiliarists receive training virtually identical to that of their active duty and reserve counterparts (with the exception of law enforcement and military specific tasks).
The Auxiliary needs people with leadership, administrative and technical skills (such as web site design, computer server administration, graphic design, photography, videography, communications, public relations/public affairs, instruction and instructional design, and personnel services) to support those Auxiliarists involved in the recreational boating safety and operations & marine safety mission