I’ve recently retired from the DOD, with my last contract being the Afghan theater. I am not looking for a mid-life career change and being that I don’t like desk jobs, I’ve thought about becoming a Mariner. I live in Jacksonville Fl, which homes one of the largest SIU hall; however, I’ve been warned from attending their program, even though it’s free, but was also told that this industry is heavily influenced by them and their unionization and that they are the largest union in the industry. With that being said, what are these warning all about, and what other options are afforded to me?
As for my intentions, I was thinking about working the Steward department, on the deep sea vessels. Being that I’m completely green at this, I’ve been try to do my due diligence, and research before jumping in the deep end, per-se, but with all the jargon and acronyms, used, you get lost real quick in the, already confusing and vast, information. Now I did get my MMC and TWIC…at least the sands of the Middle East, didn’t erode all my brain cells, I was able to figure those out, lol…
Now there’s a few local schools here in JAX, but are they even a legitimate option? Any guidance from you Salty Dogs, would be greatly appreciated!