How many days per year are graduates required to be at sea while fulfilling their obligation? How many days does a "normal" merchant mariner generally spend at sea? Is the money really as good as they say? What would a newly graduated deckie expect to earn? Can a merchant mariner work out of pretty much any port? Curiosity is my only motive, btw. I know nothing of the life DS is set to embark on. I've asked him, but I figured some of y'all would know far more.