[QUOTE=jdcavo;44652]A few years ago we became aware…
cadets need to be placed as cadets with their sole “duty” being to train for their license.
Perhaps some of the high pay noted here for cadets suggests the practice may still exist.[/QUOTE]
Ummmm. If you put blinders on… One Cadet I had showed me his official information form. It said: 'The cadets job consists of 4 hours of deck work, 4 hours of wheelhouse time, and 4 hours of classroom work per day. How is this equal to your assumption of 'Sole duty" of cadet work? Does 4 hours of ‘deck work’ NOT include drudgery?
But on a different note. Some people feel that a ‘cadet’ (Quotes included) is an ‘assumed’ entry level, beginning, neophyte who needs to be shown the ropes (literally) and shown how to interact (or NOT interact) with the crew to be a useful.
Others feel that a cadet is a ‘fourth mate’ who is somehow deserving of a direct supervisory position to ‘hone’ their skills to manage human relations and professional acumen.
My take on this would diverge to the point that ANYONE with no practical work experience, no history of performance and no record is NOT deserving of ‘free reign’ in a supervisory capacity. Collegiate experience is NOT congruent with commercial, real life work experience. A 21 year old individual with little or no work history, no time in command, and little (if any) maturity is NOT acceptable to this mariner as a 3rd Mate (in any capacity)
If there is another view please let me know what I should be aware of.
Sorry Charlie, this Tuna don’t bite that hook!