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Shipping out
By Calvin Edward


May 17, 2005

Yes, it is a good opportunity, but with drawbacks. (1) You can not ship out through the Ketchikan office by Sea-Link but one time. (2) You have to register through Anchorage and Seattle in person, that's by paying your own way round trip. (3) They do not want you to have a family to take care of and you are limited on money with the wife and kids. I shipped out twice with them, took off the last 3 months of 2004 and the first 5 months of 2005 to take care of my wife and kids - especially my kids for the school year because we have no baby-sitter.

Now I have to pay out of my pocket to go to Seattle and Anchorage and register with both and pay for a physical and drug test for with my medical. SIU is suppose to pay all or partial for.

I would like to only ship out only for 4 to 5 months a year and the rest of the year stay at home and watch my kids grow up and be a father to them, but they do not like that. They would like you to ship out all year long and have no family life at all.

Calvin Edwards
Ketchikan, AK - USA


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