I have 20 yr old son who is a conscientious and hard worker and has the professional goal of one day becoming a channel pilot.
A couple of weeks ago he approached a gentleman in our church who is a local channel pilot and who immediately facilitated a same-day interview with a Regional SIU exec who, in turn, strongly encouraged my son to obtain his TWIC card (rcvd in 1 week) and passport in preparation of enrolling/attending SIU’s Piney Point program.
Somewhat parallel to this mentoring, my son has also recently been strongly encouraged to look into USCG enlistment by another church member who is active duty USCG officer and recently the CO of the local unit in our area. Early discussions with local recruiter in the regard have also been very promising, but have been put on a bit of a “hold” by my son - in large part due to his belief that since the channel pilot mentor is suggesting the SIU Piney Point route, this must be the better route for him to take to eventually achieve the channel pilot goal.
After lurking on this form for a bit, though, it isn’t clear to me that CG duty wouldn’t also be able to provide an opportunity for at least some of the experience, licenses, etc. that he would ultimately require to become a channel pilot. Additionally, while I understand SIU advertises a guaranteed 1st job, it isn’t clear to me as to the short/med term outlook for newbie employment in the MM industry beyond that SIU 1st job.
Any suggestions as to how I might advise my son? Thanks.