hey folks wanted to get some opinions/ advice from peers. Right now I’m in the navy as a nuke (ET) – im in shipyard so life is shit atm, doing bs work and have no desire to reenlist, i get out in about 3 years. By the time I leave navy, i will be 28/29
I’ve done a fair amount of looking into the merchant side of it, and consider using GI bill to go to Mass Maritime – its my home state and live about 15 min from the academy tbh. Assuming I could live at parents house – which mixed feelings about moving back in at that point in my life- all my housing allowance would be saved, plus grants, so could pay off parents’ mortgage. MMA is fully regimented, would hope I would be a non-traditional student – I can deal with yelling in my face but 19/20yo with zero life experience doing it and living with them – ehhhh.
The meat of this post is im worried about future in such a career. MMA has marine engineering or facilities engineering (Industrial/power plant stuff). Id favor marine since the schedule of working x time on with y time off does appeal, plus get to actually travel(travel on my “y” time off), and usually get paid more vs onshore types, plus if i worked so sealift ( im told hard to work for) i can buy back military time to put towards federal retirement. Downsides, ill already be 28/29 when start mma and 32/33 when finished so less time to work and would like to have a family/house and avoid the whole divorce/resent thing. On top of that is the whole discussion on limited jobs/US fleet shrinking/AI coming out etc.
As a wildcard, I’ve also done a fair bit of looking into the medical field instead as a career , something like nursing or nuclear medicine (pretty cool applications) Good pay, stable work, home every day, hard to outsource but schooling would be in boston
So what do you guys think, is it still worth it to get into maritime and what would you do if you could do it over again? You dont have to be specific but if you could include general pay and work schedule , id appreciative it. Thank folks for your help.