I’m a BM1 with the USCG currently serving aboard a 175’ buoy tender as the OPS Petty Officer (DWO qualed) and my previous units were a 420’ Ice Breaker (DWO qualed) and a 378’ and 210’. For the most part I have spent my entire career at sea. When I retire I would like to get a job with MSC or a cargo company. I realize that the USCG and Navy have different requirements for being a Deck Watch Officer and they differ somewhat than the civilian side. Would I be wasting my time getting a masters 100 ton license or should I be trying to knockout my STCW’s and working for a third mates license? All in all I really enjoy working on deck as a BM (i.e., CraneOPS, BoatOPS, Towing, Unrep, Fas, and etc) is it possible in the civilian world to be a BM or Deckie but still pull a U/W OOD watch on the bridge? Do only officers qualify U/W OOD? I have paid for my TWIC just waiting to pick it up and start the process.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.