I have been a long time lurker on the forums for a while, and there is a wealth of information here.
A buddy of mine is a former Merchant Marine and convinced me that I should follow this career path, and I do see the benifits in this career with plenty of room for advancement.
I have already put in for my TWIC card, and filling out the paperwork for my MMC. (Question: Who should I use for the letter of recomendation on the MMC application?) My career goal is to work on either container ships or tankers, since I want a career that allows me to travel the world. I do not mind being gone for a long time. I am debating on wether to go to an academy/ school, or just work my way up. My friend suggested I should go through the Workboat Academy (PMI) till I get my AB. But I am open to suggestions.