[QUOTE=bluesailor;166432]Most ABs make somewhere in the neighborhood of 60-75K, assuming they aren’t SD or Norfolk duty oiler and going home every weekend. A few of the guys onboard are also picking up a USN pension, which for a retired Chief, could put them over 100K.
If you have your 3/M license, you can get a PIC pretty easily. I came in without one, and my first ship was an oiler. With 4 months onboard, you’ll have loads/discharges ready to submit when you get off.
Reliefs are a lot different from even a few years ago, at least on the licensed deck side of things. I was relieved early the last two times. Some ABs will go overdue by a week or two, but that usually happens when deployed in the Middle East. Chief Mates and engineers are a different story.[/QUOTE]
One thing I’m discovering is that everyone’s a daggum critic. Some people are just never satisfied. The most reasonable response regarding the whole relief situation is that sometimes you’re relieved on time, sometimes you’re not. And I can live with that.