If this were true then why in previous years have midshipmen graduated holding a 100 t masters license before they took the 3/m and 3 AE test? I have seen this done every year.
Just how many years have you been at Kings Point?
Also I was told today by the director of the waterfront, … when applying for our 3/M license we just have to ask to be evaluated for a 100 t masters and will be given it by the CG.
Midshipman, read what you posted. Your Waterfront Director said when you apply for your 3/M license you can get your 100 ton… NOT you can have your 100 ton while you are are still sailing under a cadet rating on your MMC.
…Also I was told today by the director of the waterfront, a license merchant mariner and a grad…
Are we supposed to be impressed or awed by the fact that you spoke to a licensed merchant mariner and an academy grad? Commander Gasiorek is not the only licensed officer or academy grad… this board is full of them. Just look around.
Lastly, you asked a question on this board and now, when presented with an answer you don’t agree with, are arguing. Its in the CFR, it’s crystal clear, and you’ve presented no argument other then that during your long stint at USMMA you’ve know countless other midshipmen to hold licenses before graduation. Moreover, I tend to trust the words of Mr. Cavo… not only is he a licensed merchant mariner with a decade of service on the water, and a maritime graduate, a law school graduate and an experienced maritime attorney… he also works for the USCG in the credentialing program, and has since you were ten years old.
Here is the CFR in black and white for ya:
[I][B]46 § 12.25-25 Members of Merchant Marine Cadet Corps.[/B]
No ratings other than cadet (deck) or cadet (engine) as appropriate, and lifeboatman shall be shown on a merchant mariner’s document issued to a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps. The merchant mariner’s document shall also be stamped Valid only while cadet in the U.S. Maritime Administration training program. The merchant mariner’s document thus prepared shall be surrendered upon the holder being certified in any other rating or being issued a license and the rating of cadet (deck) or cadet (engine) shall be omitted from any new merchant mariner’s document issued.