The Advantages of joining the Merchant Navy: Cadets get paid to train. Unlike most studies, where you pay to study, companies hire cadet to train. In 2008/2009 cadets can get paid around 16,000 a year to study. Not bad, considering your friends are paying to go to College or University! Upon completing your training, you earn a decent salary, that is income tax free. As long as you are out of the country for more than 6 months a year, you never pay income tax. Additionally, if the ships are not registered in the UK, you also do not need to pay national insurance. As soon as you leave college, you can expect a starting salary of 25,000+ tax free, at the age of 20.As you progress through the ranks, salaries increase at a decent rate, up to Captains and Chief engineers receiving $60,000+ tax free. (if you where a tax payer, also paying national insurance, I believe you would need to earn 100,000 pa to clear this kind of money. Job security. The world will always need ships, and ships will always need competent officers. There are many companies, who are always searching for competent officers, so changing companies if you are unhappy is relatively simple. Getting paid to travel and see countries you would not normally visit. While shore leave when onboard is normally quite short, you normally get time to visit countries when flying overseas to join or leave the vessel. Long leave periods between leaving and joining ships. The average leave, or holiday time, is 2 months off work when you get off the ship. This is your free time to do whatever you want whilst at home, and you salary continues to be paid.
What’s up with all the trolls?
[QUOTE=z-drive;106089]What’s up with all the trolls?[/QUOTE]
we should really start calling them “trawlers” in accordance with the Nautical Rules of the Road.
Stand down troops.
gCaptain has an international audience and seeing how the OP is from India, this may be a legit option for those on the other side of the world.
I give this one a pass since he put some detail in his profile.
Ocean starships:very excellent post for information. It is nice to see people from around the world posting on gCaptain.