United States Coast Guard has issued Commandant Instruction 6010.2F, which replaces Commandant Instruction 6010.2E.
Auxiliary Healthcare Services (AUXHS) Program
The instruction establishes requirements and guidance for healthcare personnel participation in Auxiliary Healthcare Services (AUXHS) Program. It also clarifies the mechanism of accession, the privileging and credentialing process, and increases flexibility in assigning Auxiliary health care personnel to duty in support of Coast Guard clinics, sickbays, operations, and depot/command/staff functions.
The need for healthcare personnel
As the missions and responsibilities of the Coast Guard have expanded, so has the need for healthcare personnel to not only perform their usual clinical activities, but to also be available for telehealth consultation, administrative support, emergency mobilization, and/or deployment.
Auxiliarists are a force multiplier during steady state and contingency operations. During surge operations, Auxiliarist participation may augment healthcare capabilities of existing Coast Guard clinics, sickbays, and staff functions, and potentially create opportunity for active duty healthcare personnel to be released for operational response or deployment.
These personnel will adhere to all pertinent Commandant Instructions and Instruction Manuals, HSWL SC Technical Directives, and other Instructions relating to healthcare services.