Prior Military Service | Post 9/11 GI Bill now for Maritime Training
Sea going service gained while in the service CAN BE used to qualify for U.S. Coast Guard Licenses and endorsements to your Merchant Marine Credentials (MMC). Do not wait too long there is a short window to convert your military time. There are many opportunities for veterans to work as a merchant marine. As a veteran, your sea-service and job specialty, rating or Officer’s position while aboard ship all has a specific value assigned by the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center. The Code of Federal Regulations spell out exactly what military service counts towards maritime credentials, licenses and endorsements.
**There is also a new Coast Guard Policy that helps those with deck service to qualify as a Merchant Marine Officer. CG-543 Policy Letter 11-07 allows the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and those authorized to sign of Officer of the Deck PQS’ to sign off the Assessments of Competence required for OICNW. **
** The Post 9/11 GI Bill is now approved for vocational maritime training, effective October 1st, 2011. Call MarineDocuments.com @(877)725-1194 to find maritime training schools to help you maximize your current sea service, career qualifications and also maximize your Post 9/11 GI Bill Educational Benefits.**
Check out the following CFR for military service: 46 CFR 11.213