[QUOTE=injunear;49199]Once you’re a member of the SIU, the annual physicals are free. If you need a CG physical, you just tell the port agent and it will be included with your annual at no cost. I was surprised at the number of SIU members that were unaware of that benifit.[/QUOTE]
Personally, I didn’t see a difference between a physical and drug screen for the USCG and the one for SIU, aside from the cost. SIU has their own program, whatever the logic behind it is. The point I was trying to make was unless the physical and drug screen are for SIU, don’t pay that kind of money and don’t consider it comparable to what you should pay for one to meet USCG requirements.
I’m seeing quite a few benefits that members may be unaware of. Thankfully, my son picks up on my uneasiness well and I’ve told him I don’t have the answers, but this industry has some of the craziest shit I’ve ever seen, so ask lots of questions of multiple people. He has, and through him I’ve learned quite a bit. There are quite a few benefits to being an SIU member as far as I’ve seen. Once you’re through the apprentice stage of things the physicals, drug screens, schools, transportation and lodging to, are all taken care of. Good deal if you ask me.