[QUOTE=johnny.dollar;180705]how one obtains their 3rd A/E is of no consequence to obtaining the STCW, would seem like a logical conclusion.[/QUOTE]
Correct. It doesn’t matter how you got your national license, you still need to meet the minimum requirements for the STCW endorsement.
[QUOTE=johnny.dollar;180705]I still don’t understand what you refer to as summary text. Line (e) specifically states “(e) Seafarers with one of the following national officer endorsements are eligible to apply for this endorsement upon completion of the requirements in the following table:” The table–Table 1 to § 11.329 (e)–specifically states the requirements…requirements that are not listed elsewhere in the section.[/QUOTE]
The table is a summary of the STCW regulations compared to the National regulations.
[QUOTE=johnny.dollar;180705]Also, I spoke with an AMO staff member that explained some of the STCW stuff to me today. Nearly all the rules come from international standards, and the USCG is implementing them which is causing the confusion.[/QUOTE]
STCW is 100% international convention, not just “most of it”.