Re: Looking at MMA
I know some people who traded up for more tonnage at the end of their freshman year as VOT. It is possible, the hardest part is getting the Dean to let you in because space is tight in all deck programs. Once you're in, when you return as a sophomore, you have to do RPT with the freshmen, then you just go about your business taking classes like a normal sophomore. Most of the stuff you did as an SVO/VOT freshman pretty much covers what MTO freshmen do.
Originally Posted by SeaSick
SVO/VOT students do not, and cannot, cruise. There is already little enough space that some unlimited students have to be sent to other academy's training ships for the summer. As for the SVO/VOT license, the SVO program is a 2-year associate's degree and results in a 200-ton near coastal mate plus an AB-limited ticket. The VOT program is the SVO program (licenses and all) plus 2 more years for a full bachelor of science, and results in either a 500 or 1600-ton near coast mate's license, depending on whether or not you get sea-time over 100-tons during your three summer co-ops.
"And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..."
As I was a walkin' down London Road I come to Paddy West's house. He gave me a feed of "American hash" and he called it "Liverpool Scouse". He said, "There's a ship who's wantin' hands, and on 'er ye'll quickly sign! The mate is a bastard, the bos'un's worse but she will suit ye' fine!