Paging captain obvious. Do you mind if I ask what you’re background is. I suspect British since there was mention in a previous post of the “merchant navy.” Regardless, you are opening yourself up for a gang tackle with these posts.
I’m not in the navy but I have a binder three inches thick with certificates and qualifications I’ve had to procure over the years. As for continuing ed, everyone here is in classes at least once a year to keep their ticket current.
With regards to your argument that it is the application of the rules that is the problem. Wouldn’t the naval officers superior intelligence negate this? Intelligence is nice but it does not guarantee a proficient officer. I’ve sailed with guys that are not regularly attending Mensa meetings but they were excellent ship handlers and natural seafarers.
Your arguments are specious at best. Oh shit! I can’t tip my hand like that. Let me get that more in line with your perception of professional mariners and dumb it down a bit. Eat a bag of dicks.