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Last Post 26 Jan 2021 03:25 PM by Bells. 2 Replies.
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24 Jan 2021 12:56 PM
    I know only a few small boat stations have DC's and a majority have SK's. I'm also aware that DC's at a small boat station would likely be allowed to get small boat engineer qualified, but would SK's be allowed to get boat crew qualified? Also what is life as a non-rate like at Aids to Navigation teams?
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    24 Jan 2021 08:55 PM
    I don't know what small boat stations have DC's assigned if any. As for SK's, if they're assigned to a station, they'll be what's called a "day worker." In other words, they're part of the admin and logistical support staff that works a 0700-1500 M-F schedule, not part of the duty rotation. If you want to get small boat engineer qualified, then you should consider the MK (Machinery Tech) rating. As for ATON, I can't help you there
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    26 Jan 2021 03:25 PM
    DCs at stations work on facilities and housing.

    They are hardly any SKs at stations anymore. They are moving them to admin locations, mostly with the YNs.

    We had a DC that was gung ho about doing LE and getting Boat Crew Qualified, but at the end of the day they didn't. They day-worked and stayed over at housing.

    I've never seen an SK get Boat Crew Qualified. At a station they are still working for the purchasing team, travel team, or property, and are supposed to be splitting their time as 80% with their team and 20% with the unit.

    At the unit you might help out by leading inventory inspections when they are needed, or helping the unit out specifically with purchasing.

    If you want to be Boat Crew, then you can as a nonrate at a station, or as a BM or MK at a station or a cutter.
    Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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