Thought I’d introduce myself.
I’m currently on active duty in the USN, considering transitioning to civilian mariner in 2 years when my enlistment is up. I’m a Machinist’s Mate 2nd class, with 3 years sea time in the engineering dept (steam) aboard the sub tender USS Emory S. Land AS39. I have orders to USS Essex LHA2 in Sasebo for 2 more years at sea. Before I joined up I was a deep sea sportfishing mate on a 32’ boat out of Big Pine Key, FL for about a year of sea time. Also hold a BS in Business Administration (not sure if that counts for anything in the Merchant Marine?)
How much of this training and experience can I translate into a USCG license? I have heard by word of mouth that the USCG only credits you a portion of your Navy sea time. Anyone have any advice on how best to approach this? I love being at sea, but I also miss being home. The ideal situation for me would be to find a job aboard ship that would have me out for several months then home for several months, preferably as a licensed mariner.
Thanks in advance!