I don’t know if this is the right place to put this but here goes.
I’m 19 currently, will be 20 come March 7th. I’ve graduated high school in 2009 and for these two years have been spinning my wheels trying to look for work, or attend college. But that’s not the life for me, I want to get on out there on the ocean blue and see the world, and face the challenges of mariners.
I’ve always wanted to do this ever since I was a boy, when my father who served 20 years in the US Navy and my older brother who served 4 told me stories about far off countries and the things they saw and did. It was some inspiring stuff…
But alas, fate’s really cruel cause I’m restricted from joining the US Navy or Coast Guard due to my asthma which, while it was far worse in childhood, has grown very tame as I grew older. Yet it still restricts me somewhat.
So then I look towards the Merchant Marines, the civilian navy, owned by private shipping companies who are the driving force of trade and commerce between nations. I’ve talked to a retired Merchant Marine Officer once, he told me asthma wouldn’t affect me. In fact, he told me he himself had diabetes and even he got to serve in the Merchant Marines. He said physical fitness would be the only road block to joining.
Now he told me about some academy, or training center somewhere in southern California, I think he said it was in San Pedro or something… I really wish I could recall what he said. I’ve been trying to look into it with little success. Then I went about asking the Coast Guard for information, but they kept referring me to centers that renew current mariner licenses and I’m currently not a mariner, but wish to join the ranks of them.
So to cut this long story short… I’d like to join the Merchant Marines and maybe work on board a freighter or tanker traveling everywhere.
How do I go about doing this?