[QUOTE=Bcooksey;46143]Yes, If I sailed on a vessel of appropriate tonnage I would have 1600 mate ocean, after graduating I would test at coast guard for that license, work 360 days, then I could upgrade to master as stated by NMC.[/QUOTE]
[B][I]If[/I][/B] you sail as mate as soon as you get your license, then sure you’d qualify to apply to test for 1600 master after 360 eight hour sea days. I just hope you don’t expect to sail master after a sea-time-year as a mate. You won’t be close to ready for that job.
Many graduates (academy as well as MITAGS-PMI) initially sail as AB. Which I personally and professionally advise to any newly certificated deck officer. That’s one of the advantages of MITAGS-PMI’s programs, in that you spend your sea phases working as a deckhand. Academy grads are at a disadvantage in comparison. [B][I]Nothing[/I][/B] prepares you for a wheelhouse position like spending a few years on deck, especially in the <1600 ton world.
MITAGS-PMI entry is competitive indeed. It is a good program and they work together with the sponsor companies to select admissible cadets.