As it turns out, it was all bureaucracy shit. I did the morse code stuff, and picked up my license that day. It still feels so fucking weird to actually see >The lawful holder of this credential,>ANON>as endorsed beloew, is entitled under Title 46(Shipping), U.S. Code to serve in the capacity or capacties specified (national only), subject to any limitations indicated.>Capacity: Third Mate of Self-Propelled Vessels Not Including Auxiliary Sail of Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans
in my hands. I didn't think I'd actually make it this far.