I am an eighteen-year old Sea Scout who was wondering if I could work on the requirements in multiple different ranks at the same time.
For instance, since I just recently linked my account to both Sea Scouts BSA and Scouts BSA, I was wondering if my completion of Lifeguard BSA this past summer could count toward Quartermaster or if I need to work on each rank individually. I have read around online and could not find anywhere specific that states I must work on the requirements of one rank only in the order given in the program: Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster. Even though I have no rank at the moment, I have completed requirements for all of the ranks while being a registered member of my ship.
Also, do merit badge completions count toward advancement, as I earned the swimming merit badge way back in 2012.
Please let me know your input and intellect on these matters. Thank you for your guidance, time, and help in this time of uncertainty as I strive to learn more about this wonderful program. God bless!