I am new to the Merchant Mariner scene and was looking for a bit of guidance. I am coming from a DOD civilian contractor background so being out in theater and away from family life is nothing new to me.
A bit about myself… I am from South Florida so I grew up on the water, but currently reside in Jacksonville, Fl. I am 43, with no kids or wife… plaid it safe and been a bachelor all my life, lol. I have circumnavigated the world, more times than I can recall and simply put, I love an adventure. I was never made to sit in one place, for too long.
I have obtained my TWIC and MMC creds so I am now looking for an outfit that offers excellent training. I heard that the SIU is the major player, but they treat their students like slaves and run it like the Russian military, and have had a few class action lawsuits, but the training is FREE. Are there any other outfits that offer the same as the SIU, but with a better reputation?