I am in the process of trying to get 1600 Master. I currently hold a 2nd Mate Unlimited… here what I’m trying to figure out. I thought once you had 2M Unlimited, you could just send in an application to REC, pay the $100 fee, and go take the 70 question test and get your 1600 Master. Did something change?
Now, I am being told I need to meet all of the requirements on the “National Master 500/1600 OC or NC” checklist on the National Maritime Center website. Do I need to meet the sea service requirements of 1440 total days of service? (this is what the lady at the REC told me) Or am I exempt from that based on the statement “2nd Mate Oceans/NC of 1600 GRT or more is eligible for this endorsement upon completion of a limited examination.” further down the checklist?