Originally Posted by PCP
Do you think that we should not qualify formally professionals because "Licenses and training and red tape often have little correlation with actual competence"?
The armies of the world have one very difficult thing to asses of their officers during training: will he be brave and lead his troops on into battle? Or will he get scared and run away?
It's the same in captains license exams. How can they tell who is full of bravado and no common sense? Who is competent but panics? Who is dumb as a bum but in a stress situation comes out better than his exam marks suggest?
Oh, yes, the ticket means little. That's why forum people who call themselves Captain when they only have a basic ticket make me laugh. I know the USA is a different culture, but really, "Captain" because they have done a friggin night course behind a desk to let them hire a 30 foot beneteau at Moorings?