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Old 03-22-2009, 02:18 PM
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A few months ago I posted asking about this company, well I searched and could not find the post. I wanted to PM some of the guys who said they worked for them and pick there brains for info, Cause when you call a recruiter all they are is 3rd party people and give answers by the book they can give real answers or real pay #'s like overtime pay and stuff like that, hey just read pre written answerers out of a book. So if you have worked for MSC and don't mind me PM you a few questions please let me know. Thanks, Dizzle
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The two that I know that are in MSC are xxmikexx and walden75. Mike has been in 5-8 years and was on an MSC ship while in the Navy and walden went through Maritime school. Send both a PM for some real info. I'm not sure how often they log on though.
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Try these.

Take Command of Your Career®
If you’re looking for a career opportunity that offers on-the-job training, career advancement, steady pay, Federal benefits, state-of-the-art work environments and excellent living accommodations, take a close look at Military Sealift Command. We hire civilian mariners – CIVMARS as we call them – for at-sea positions aboard the ships in our growing fleet.
If you have an interest in going to sea, MSC may be the best and last move you’ll ever need to make.
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J find the local SIU Union hall go down there and talk to those guys theres bound to be some that sailed MSC. They will speak the truth to you.
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So you want to sail under the Bands of Shame?

Careful, you may end up being harassed by the chicoms.

Sailed for MSC Pacific for 10 years. Been out of it for a while though.

Long tours, 6 months anyway. I was on a ship for 19 months over the 1st gulf war, but that was by choice.

Short leave period. But you have a job, guaranteed, not waiting in a hall somewhere. Pay lags the unions, as do benefits.

Atlantic and Pacific fleets seemed to have very different operational tempos. Most Pac ships were forward deployed, so you'd be out of the states for the whole tour, whereas the Atlantic ships seemed to deploy out of Norfolk and returned there regularly. The Pac fleets used to handle the gulf deployments, but I think now they're more evenly divided.

Pac was more laid back than Lant. Probably due to the distance from DC.

In 10 years I did 2 tours around the states, the rest overseas. Subic Bay, Yokosuka, Singapore, and Guam.

I was 21 on my first ship. The next youngest was 43. Forget about a home life, You'll be off 6 months, back 6 weeks. Of course, if you sail Atlantic, you have a good chance of a home life if you live in Norfolk.

Do it if you're young. You'll make a pile of money. My old shipmates will have made a killing these last 5-6 years over in the gulf.

It'd be harder if you're leaving family behind, though.

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