Fair enough. I can understand the culture of change. And having Mr. Cavo to reply to questions is a blessing. From 1999 to 2007, I never once got Miami REC to answer the telephone, and they never returned a call for messages left. So some things are much improved.
However, my issue is that change requires information. In the “old days” (pre-NMC), I always payed in evaluation fee when submitting the application, testing fee the day of testing, and issuance fee after passing test. Plus the flashing light certificate was submitted anytime before issuance.
So why, when Miami REC accepted my application, did they not tell me it was incomplete without the issuance fee (but not the testing fee) and flashing light certificate? Likely because they didn’t know. Which is what I find so frustrating. The REC’s workload has been dramatically reduced, yet they still can’t get it right. The idea of eliminating incomplete applications is great, but that can only be accomplished at the REC level.
I know these seem like minor annoyances, but with actually having to go to work (I’ve been away since Dec 21st, and won’t return home until the April 27th) it means the Coast Guard has had my application since early December, and I still haven’t been approved to test, all for a 10 minute test on a subject I will absolutely NEVER use.
At least by bitching about this online, maybe at least more of you will not make the same mistakes I did.