Thanks to everyone that gave me advice.
I am sailing aboard the Nancy Foster in the Gulf right now. This is my first cruise with NOAA. I had forgot how god awful hot it gets down here but I am getting used to it. The crew is tight and very professional. The food has been phenomenal - very good and more than you can eat. We had lamb chops last night. We have decent internet, excellent TV and I can’t even count all the movies.
I am in the augment pool right now but there are sveral permanent postions to apply for if I desire. I think that I am going to stay in the pool until I find a ship that I like.
It was long hard road but it has finally paid off.