Membership in the PCGA is on a voluntary basis. Auxiliarists, however, may introduce the organization to potential members who are interested in rendering community service as they may later on embrace the concept of Coast Guard Auxiliary service. All members of the PCGA are called Auxiliarists and should belong to a Squadron. However, those who become officers are entitled to use the Auxiliary ranks authorized for them and be addressed as such. There will be no enlisted personnel rank equivalent for the PCGA. Non-PCGA Auxiliary officers are plainly called “Auxiliarists” with levels of seniority from Auxiliarist 4, Auxiliarist 3, Auxiliarist 2, and Auxiliarist 1, who may be eventually appointed as PCGA officers after satisfaction of requirements issued by the Commandant for the said purpose.
Membership in a squadron is an entry requirement in the PCGA which has to be maintained while in the PCGA. An auxiliarist, however, may opt to transfer to another squadron through some prescribed procedures by reason of change of domicile or preference for a different squadron primary and/or secondary field of concern. All those performing duties at the National Auxiliary Main Office, Auxiliary District Office and at the Auxiliary Support Group by virtue of some designations or assignments (after being elected or appointed) shall maintain memberships in their respective Auxiliary Squadrons. It is considered an honor for a squadron to have some of its members getting elected or appointed to perform duties in higher units and offices of the PCGA subject to certain terms and conditions
The PCGA ranks and positions/designations that will be occupied by the prospective member shall be determined based on his/her qualifications and in accordance with the criteria set forth for the purpose as prescribed herein.
Membership in a Squadron may not be limited to members belonging to the same profession, employment, company or office.
A member declared as inactive for a period of two (2) years shall be delisted from the PCGA roster upon the recommendation of the Director Auxiliary Squadron, endorsements by the Director Auxiliary District and National Director PCGA, endorsement by the Deputy Commandant, and approval by the Commandant.
After complying with all the requirements herein prescribed, a new applicant shall undergo a probation period of three (3) months to serve in the PCGA and prove his worth to be an Auxiliarist. After completing the probation period and getting a satisfactory rating, he/she shall be appointed as a member and inducted to the PCGA service during a fitting ceremony