The no kidding actual amount of time most people get off between 4 month trips?”
The no bull answer: the basic rule of thumb for new hires is 1 weekday of leave for every 10 days out. This is combined Shore and Annual leave for weekdays off. That is, you work the minimum 120 days on, you’re guaranteed 12 weekdays off. So depending on what day of the week you get off, about 2 1/2 weeks. Thats all you are guaranteed.
How that works: The official policy is that you will accrue 1 day of Annual leave per month (whether on a ship or not), and 1 day of Shore leave per 15 days on a ship, it works out to about 1:10 when you’re onboard. You also accrue 13 days of sick leave a year that you could technically use as well. They won’t call you before your leave ends. But when it does, unless you’ve requested Leave Without Pay (LWOP) before then, they’ll send you orders to report somewhere, either to a ship, or to the waiting pool (affectionately referred to as “The Pool”) in Norfolk or San Diego, and you’ve gotta go. (it really is just a big waiting room, and its not really fun) Because you see, you get paid for 365 days a year, so you’re on their time when you’re leave runs out. You can request unpaid leave, or use your sick leave if an emergency comes up. Unpaid leave is discretionary to the manning situation at the time and you have to request it prior to your regular leave running out, or else they might assign you somewhere. I’ve heard of guys taking up to 2 months unpaid leave, but an MSC detailer told me they tend to discourage anything over 30 days. Theres a lot of little things that can get ya if you’re not careful, it is the gov’t after all. So all in all, plan for 2.5 weeks, dont expect to get more than 1.5 months.
MSC seatime is 1 for 1, nothin fancy. Unless you’re like me, on a fleet ocean tug at the pier, ill be getting 1 day of seatime for every 3 starting next month, yay.
I dont know much about the OS-mate program, but during orientation they did hark on the fact that you must get all training approved prior to actually doing it, or else they might stick you with the bill, so be careful. It also sounded like they would reimburse you for the costs, not pay upfront, not too sure tho.