I recently retired from the US Navy after 26 yrs of service and plan to continue my adventures and life at sea. I had qualified and stood OOD underway (Officer of the deck) on various ships throughout my career. My goal was to springboard into a third mate position with my experience in the Navy. I attained my MMC credentials for AB unlimited and have the required sea time in order to take the mates exam. One hiccup… The requirement of having 6 months of sea time with AB MMC “in hand”. I should of attained the endorsement prior to retiring… but sometimes lessons are learned the hard way.
So here is my dilemma.
Looking to go to sea as an AB for my 6 months of needed sea time.
I was thinking about a smaller company to break into the industry and get my required 6 months sea time. However, I feel it would be kind of a douche move to hire on for six months and then bail.
I thought about union positions, but getting a ship as a C book will be difficult.
I want to find a place that can work for me and the employer. I plan to bounce into a school house AB to Mate program as soon as I get the 6 months completed.