from the siu web page cited above:
" ...uniforms...a physical exam, drug test, benzene test, and fees for the following required documents: a U.S. Merchant Mariner’s Credential, a Transportation Workers Identification Credential, and a current passport. These fees and costs are approximately $3000"
Three Thousand Dollars? What the f*ck?
Contact Piney Pt. and ask if that's a misprint. I joined SIU as an AB and it cost me $450, which included the drug screen and physical (didn't get benzene tested) and functional capacity exams. I already had my training up to date from MSC, so never had the privilege of attending Lundberg School.
The costs for the docs can be looked up on line, but we're talking $3-500 max.