Category: education

Fatigue : Is it something that you can just “get used to?”

Fatigue.  It’s a way of life for so many of us.  From first responders to students to the transportation industry, it’s a badge of honor to pull the all-nighter or push through an extended period with no rest.

The military is another community for which fatigue is no stranger.  U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSWF) pushes their troops to the limit during initial training (Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal Training (BUD/S)) under very controlled circumstances, including stressors such as hypothermia and sleep deprivation.

But, at what cost?

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My Year in MET : A Mariner’s Perspective

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No, not weather, that’s meteo…but, Maritime Education and Training (MET).  Through an unusual set of circumstances and job changes, I found myself attending over four months of training and classes in the past year at facilities up and down the East coast of the United States.  As an actively sailing mariner, required training – whether mandated by regulation or company – is far from unusual.  This quantity in a year was, but did allow a unique insight into the variety of maritime training options available.

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