I don’t know much about the Coast guard active duty, but I was in the military and if making money is what you want to do I would not suggest going into the military.
Hawsepipe may be expensive, but you will reap the rewards if you follow through. I estimate I have personally spent around 25-30 K, just an estimate. My salary has increased by 1000% since I started as a Deckhand on a crewboat in 1997. In this industry an investment in your Marine education will open doors for you in the future. Anything you can get that will give you a leg up on someone else will make you a more desirable employee.
Also, I would not jump to conclusions about who will and will not hire a green OS. To listen to some people talk you would think that no one can get hired and advance. If you were to see those same people ten years from now they will be doing the same thing in the same position, smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee talking about how the whole world is against them. I would have to get those doors closed in my face before I would actually believe that I could not get hired.
What you should consider is getting with a company that offers STCW and AB training. It may not be a tug company but at least it would get you started. You would be getting paid while you train. The beautiful thing is you are in an entry level spot and most companies need entry level positions because people either move up or move on or get run off. Consider an OSV companies. Some of these OSV companies even have tugs. Harvey Gulf, Edison Chouest Offshore, Otto Candies for example have tugs and OSV. Maybe consider Oceaneering, Seacor, Tidewater, C&G, Gulf Offshore Logistics (GOL), Barry Graham Gulf, Abdon Callais Offshore. The list goes on and on with a little research. Although if I had to choose I would choose Harvey last. They have some outlaws. [B]Just my opinion[/B]. Most of these companies also offer mate/captain training. If you have spent time on a family vessel such as a 19 foot bayliner that you fished offshore with when you were younger, you can use sea time on that from the time you were 16 years old towards getting your 100 ton Master’s license. There is a small boat service form that has to be filled out to verify the time along with the registration number and notarized if you do not own the boat in your name.
You may also want to try one of the drilling companies in the gulf. Noble, Transocean, Pride, Ensco, Frontier, Seadrill. They also look for entry level people from time to time with starting salaries around 40-50K. Some even cover all travel expenses.
Lastly there are marine related occupations that do not accrue sea time for MMD or license but can offer a lucrative career. Baker Hughes, Drill-Quip, Haliburton, Delmar, Intermoor. Delmar is an anchor handling company near Lafayette, LA that works on Anchor handling Tug Supply vessels and they have an attractive starting salary and can tell you from experience they have it good compared to some other occupations.
Getting a 3rd Mate/2nd Mate is not going to be easy, but it is not impossible like some may say. If I listened to every guy who ever said you can’t do this or can’t do that I would still be an unlicensed engineer on a crewboat working out of Theodore, AL.
I know things are not great right now with our economy, but I “think” that with a little effort you could find something to get you going. I don’t know if you saw it or not but the unemployment rate in Louisiana actually went down for the Month of February.
[quote=Alex13;10105]I’m in dire need of some advice. I’m 27 desperately seeking a career change, as I’m a freelance tv news camera operator and I’ve worked maybe 8 days in the past 2 months. I applied for my os-mmd on Monday, and going to apply for TWIC on Tuesday. My goal is to someday become a Tug Captain, but from reading through these forums and doing other research I have come to the conclusion that it’s almost impossible to get a job as an OS on a tug in NY harbor anymore. So, my question is if I enlisted in the Coast Guard could I get any qualifying sea time to help me reach this goal? Is there a career path I could take through the CG that once I was done with active duty I could have at least a 3rd Mate or even better Apprentice Mate? I have Bachelor’s Degree so I could go to Officer Candidate School. Or should I just wait for my documents to come back and try my hardest to get an OS job and move up from there? I’m just in a rough spot right now, struggling horribly financially and can’t even find a bullshit job on shore to help me get by.
Thanks for any advice you can give me![/quote]