I think I answered last time but I had a different view on it then. I retired this year after 28 yrs serving. AND I LOVED EVERY 2/3s of them
Really I think it's the best service and before the flames start let me tell you why.
from day one I was doing a job, not training to do it, ACTUALLY doing it. Saving lives, towing stranded citizens, Ice rescues etc. The army and Marines are much more macho and get to play with cool guns ani explosives, Navy goes around the world, Chair Force gets to go supersonic. But they all are waiting for a war to do their job.
If you want to stay on the upper rivers there are about 6 or 7 boats in places like Sewickley PA, Paris TN, Memphis, Keokuk IA, and the Sector office is in St. louis. The largest rating groups there would be BM and MK, one cook per boat, some have Storekeepers. I've been on all of them because for the last 3 yrs I was our equivelent of the Inspector General.
If you want any more info pm me and I'll get you what you need.