Most mariners do not want you to join Merchant Navy & I too warn everyone prior joining Merchant Navy (the reason stated last).
I found people replying in facebook community what is wrong with Merchant Navy and why new joiners should stay away. Lets break that conversation into Parts :
No Jobs for seafarer (Freshers). If Base is trembling, how can you expect to reach sky.
Sick social life, You turn 30 and One thing comes to your mind, who will take care of my family.
Last but not the least, Strict Rules like MARPOL.
These are my suggestions (As I am fresher only), rest depends on your views.
Its an honour for all of us to have you here for the guidance that is indeed very important, everything stated by you is very true. The field is not bad what is making it bad is the government and its attitude towards the seafarers, inspite of having such a large no. of seafarers our government is turning a blind eye towards us, we haven't been placed to where we belong to, in this new era every possible development is being done in all the fields related to science and technology,but unfortunately we the seafarers are being left to belong to nowhere, no government aids for us. In the days of Dufferin government was funding the institution to run a quality course, today if you observe in every nukkad of every city you will find a poster saying join merchant navy!, the youth of the country is getting misguided in the lagging situation of governments such a loose response to maritime training, nevertheless good companies have also recognised that india is loosing the quality in its officers, anyone who has passed 12th standard is set to join the field without even having the adequate knowledge and passion, its just a game of money for few.
To eradicate such problems i can only suggest a measure to get government of India involved and spread a word of real information regarding the field, the institution wihout approval or the ones who have gained approval with malpractices should be immediately shut down and cadets selected should be worth becoming an Officer this can only lead to turn the downfall of the Indian Officers market. Except a few private institutes no one is following the guidelines of the DG in any terms, nor the Govt. institutes which are said to set a benchmark in the maritime education. We can improve everything only if we improve ourselves, thousands of cadets are roaming on the streets of the cities, who will take the responsibilty of them, why don't the Government makes it tough enough to make it only for the ones who are realy competent enough, government wants the foreign exchange that we seafarers give to india , but they don't want us to be represented formally as the people who are really needed for india's growth and prosperity. Good companies will only be selecting indians only if we have good quality ,if don't have, its market they can select whoever they want.