October 1st Government Shutdown

I was getting ready to start my exam at the REC this morning in NY. One of the office personal came down and said if the government doesnt come to an agreement tonight about the budget that all REC’s will be closed for an undisclosed amount of time. And if you have any tests scheduled you wont be able to test. Just a heads up for anyone who scheduled to test soon and doesnt know.

No test here and I will still get my paycheck.

What are u talking about? What does that have to do with what i posted?

They told us the same thing in Miami today. I wouldn’t mind some more study time lol

I won’t be getting a paycheck as of noon tomorrow.

All our ships save for one will be recalled to port and only certain personnel will be on the job.

It’s a mess, but what can you do.

That sucks. Im waiting til midnight to see if they came into agreement. If not then no one can test for a week or 2. They said the last time the sequestration happened they were closed for 21 days!

How did that work? I passed two of my six modules on Monday… They better not make me retake them.

Took three modules today with more to come. REC said if they close down the government then just come back when they reopen and pick up where you left off. I’d be surprised if we’re looking at a long shut down, but no one knows for sure.

Yeah I’m kinda freaking out because I’m due back to the ship…

I just sent a bunch of paperwork off to West Virginia. I’m awaiting some endorsements. I hope I don’t have to redo the application. I just sent it Friday.

Well I’m headed down to the Miami REC now… Hoping to find info on how long till they will take appts when the govt opens.

NYC closed til further notice!

[QUOTE=AHTS Master;121585]No test here and I will still get my paycheck.[/QUOTE]

Well this answers my question! I won’t be turning in my paperwork to upgrade my MMC today.

Just left Miami REC, doors locked no one to be found… Called NMC and got no input or answers.

[QUOTE=“NYBoatman;121598”]That sucks. Im waiting til midnight to see if they came into agreement. If not then no one can test for a week or 2. They said the last time the sequestration happened they were closed for 21 days![/QUOTE]

It is not a sequestration result it is from a partial shutdown of the govt. Non essential services have been closed

From National Maritime Center

Government Shutdown

This notice serves to notify the maritime industry that Government has officially shutdown. The National Maritime Center (NMC)is authorized to maintain a very small cadre of personnel to support National Security emergent issues. The NMC will:

• Maintain the Customer Service Call Center. 888-IASKNMC will be open and monitored from 0800 until 2000 Eastern Time Monday through Friday. REC and NMC phones will not be monitored.

• Maintain the website. We will attempt to keep the industry up to date on our status via the website.

• Regional Exam Centers will be closed.

o Exam Appointments will be cancelled and must be rescheduled after the shutdown is lifted. On line scheduling will be disabled.

o Appointments to drop off applications will be cancelled and must be rescheduled after the shutdown is lifted. On line scheduling will be disabled.

o There will be no walk ins.

o Applications may continue to be mailed or emailed and will be processed when the shutdown is lifted.

The NMC recognizes that this shutdown will impact the maritime industry. We will do whatever we can to minimize the impact and to recover as quickly as possible once the shutdown is lifted.

Sincerely,

/J.P. Novotny/
Jeffrey P. Novotny
Captain, U. S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer

From U.S. Naval Academy

USNA family and friends:

The Naval Academy will remain open to the public during the shutdown period, but there will be some drastic reductions in services available.

Midshipmen will continue to attend classes during the shutdown, though some classes will be cancelled. There will be circumstances where military instructors are not able to substitute for civilian professors in the classroom, which will cause those classes to be cancelled. Some labs, such as Chemistry, Physics and Engineering will be cancelled, as well as language classes such as Arabic and some sections of Chinese. Many instructors were able to pre-package 4-5 days’ worth of classes in order for one of their military counterparts within the department to substitute and instruct the class during this period.

From USMMA

Current Academy StatusDue to a lapse in funding, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is closed for normal operations.
This page will be updated if there is a change in status.
This status message is for staff and public information only.
[B]Information for the Regiment of Midshipmen will be provided directly by the Commandant.[/B]

Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013