Hello everyone. I have been accepted to attend Kings Point with the class of 2020. Ever since I was 6 I have wanted to become a ship captain, so being accepted to KP is really amazing. As of now, I fully plan on sailing on merchant ships, but out of curiousity, I would like to know if one can advance their license in the merchant marine by sailing in the navy. For example, if you spend 365 days as a surface warfare officer, would you then be considered a second officer in the merchant marine? Also, is it common for people to graduate, fufill their service obligation as an active duty officer and then sail on their license? Thanks.