hey there gagers. i need some advice, im trying to releve some stress about my career choice. im not entirely sure i want to become a sailor and i am well on my way to becoming one. I am studying to become a navagation officer to be spesific. what are the up sides and the down sides to becoming a sailor in the merchant navy?
Well im not a sailor but i work in the marine industry and couldnt be happier. I love working outside on the water, i could never work in a cubicle. I know this isn't an opinion concerning the Naval side of things but...
The Merchant Navy is different from the US Navy. Being a Navigator is probably pretty much the same in both, but I imagine you already know most of that information. My understanding is that the Merchant Navy can be pressed into service in war and spend the duration serving the US, but they do not receive the benefits that the military does.
Otherwise, the merchant service does not make the interesting visits to ports that the military does, since they are serving an employer looking for profit.