Accurate, but for your implication that the 'real exam' is anything but a pathetic joke, and the "USCG testing centers" are just slightly more ambitious versions of the guys who rent an old trailer, buy some plastic cups and labels, and start a SAMHSA drug testing center.I have always had some doubts at any sailor that proclaims themselves as 'Captain' and uses it in their name. Even those who do have USCG masters licenses. My Dad was a USN Captain in rank but I never heard him introduce himself as 'Captain'. "Captain Lawson" seems to allude to having a US Merchant Marine captains license or rank but I can find no evidence that he was ever attended the MM Academy. He does like to flaunt his NJROTC midshipman days and says he reached the rank of Commodore of his detachment. However it was Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps in HIGH SCHOOL! I did the same program in 10th grade and it was the biggest joke I ever saw. I did it to impress my Dad and I had always known I would join the Navy but the Junior program was such a farce and embarrassment I only did one year. The only Captain was an old retired Captain from WW2 who would just put on old 'Victory at Sea' videos and turn the lights down and snore in his desk chair. My Dad had been commanding officer for the college level NROTC detachment at Rochester University and I spent a lot of time at their facility when I was in second grade. I invited my Dad to the High School version and he just went ballistic on the old fool running it but but his lip and showed some respect. I even spent a week at Boot Camp at Marine Corp Recruit Depot in Pt Loma, San Diego but that was it for me and any military involvement. Whatever recruiting and PR plebe that came up with High School NJROTC probably was the reason they had to instate the draft towards the end of the Vietnam era...
Lawson claims he was given a appointment at US Naval Academy in Annapolis but couldn't pass the physical due to asthma. He did manage to get a civilian job as with the USNA sailing team but not sure how that earned him the Captain moniker. As it turns out he passed the Annapolis Sailing Academy (civilian commercial school) 100 Ton certificate after 80 hours of study which is acceptable for one year by the USCG instead of a real 100 ton Master and can be renewed every year at the school instead of taking the real exam given by the USCG testing centers and earning the real Master LICENSE which is renewed every 5 years.
The entire US regulatory regime up to 200 ton master is a worldwide joke, regardless of whether the 100T 'certificate' is a slightly bigger joke. There isn't an easier master's license program in the industrialized world, thanks to typical privatization practices.