I was at a job fair and they stated that you no longer have to stay at Piney Point for weeks on end. Now it sounds like when your paperwork goes through they will send you to a coast gaurd facility for the physical. When they are sure you are ready they will send you to PP for one week of training. That way you can work you paying job for a little longer instead of getting $50 bucks a week in PP waiting for your MMD.
I will post more as I find more out.