[QUOTE=GetSailin;162068 If you have saved enough vacation time,[/QUOTE]
What does paid vacation time have to do with 60 days leave without pay. There has been absolutely ZERO announcement on that written or verbal within MSC.
Your wiper buddy is not a source.
Under 3 years service you get 4 hours paid leave every 2 weeks worked
and 1 day shore leave for each 15 days worked (not while in training)
AB's have 2-3 months training and neo before they even deploy, so count on a minimum of 7 months away your very first hitch with one month off until you leave again.
If anything they have cracked down on people abusing the sick leave. They are running people home without pay if they are not fit for duty. The pool is really only slackers no one wants and not fit for duty personel.