I need some advice; I’m a retired Navy CPO, who has been out of work for almost 10-months; I went back to school, and got my MMD with Able Seaman (Unlimited), STCW, RFPNW, lifeboatman, and other endorsements.
My Question: What is the waiting time for a job if I join Seafarers International Union? I get tons of information about how much more I have to spend (e.g. another physical, urinalysis, etc), but really vague answers about how long it takes to get a ship.
I understand seniority, and I also understand I’ve spent a ton reeducating and certifying myself, and need to know from someone the reality of job wait.