Just a reminder about one of the alternative "uniforms" available to Auxiliarists. For those members lacking "TROPS" or "Service Dress Bravo" uniforms, the blue blazer outfit is a good alternative.
Chapter 10 of the Auxiliary Manual is the place to find all uniform details.
Here is an excerpt concerning the blue blazer.
|E.2. Blue Blazer Outfit||The Blue Blazer may be single-breasted, two- or three-button, with civilian or Auxiliary buttons, and with pockets (any kind). The Blue Blazer outfit is highly recommended to be worn when an Auxiliarist in uniform does not present an appearance in keeping with organizational standards of wear, or if the UDC does not stock or have properly fitting sizes (see section C of Chapter 3). The Auxiliary patch is sewn on the left breast pocket. Material is dark blue flannel, tropical worsted, or similar commercial blend. The official blazer patch is round and contains the Auxiliary logo with stars around it. The Auxiliary Blue Blazer outfit may be substituted for all Auxiliary uniforms, except the Undress Blue Summer, Working Blue, and ODU uniforms. The Auxiliary Blue Blazer outfit may be authorized by unit Commanding Officers for wear in office spaces while on duty at Coast Guard units. Auxiliary Blue Blazer outfits are authorized in accordance with the provisions of this section.|
|E.2.a. Women's Blue Blazer Outfit||
The Blue Blazer may be worn with white or gray dress slacks, white or gray skirts, pleated or
straight. Skirt and slacks are to be made of tropical worsted or polyester blend. Dress slacks
are full cut, straight hanging, and without cuffs. Neutral nylon hose and plain unadorned
black shoes with 1- to 2⅝-inch high heels complete the outfit. Black socks may be worn with slacks.
The blouse is white, buttoned front, of simple design, without ruffles or ornamentation. The blue tab tie is worn for normal occasions and the black tab tie for formal occasions.
|E.2.b. Men's Blue Blazer Outfit||
The Blue Blazer may be worn with white or gray dress trousers. They are to
be made of tropical worsted or polyester blend. The trousers are full cut, straight hanging and
without cuffs. Black socks and black dress shoes complete the outfit.
A white dress shirt and a dark blue necktie are worn for normal occasions, and black bow tie for formal occasions.
Our DSO-MA reports that he has the accessories available. The patches are no longer "sew-ons"; they are magnetic or use a clutch pin type, like our ribbons and other devices. The clutch version is $23.50 and the magnetic is $28.00.
Keep this alternative in mind during the upcoming holiday festival season.
Submitted by Ken Renner DSO-MT 2DEC2011