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Nuclear Programs - Cost vs Benefits

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From what I have read, the nuclear programs for both subs and swo appear to be quite lengthy and stringent in nature, especially with the academics.

For all this trouble, does completing the nuclear pipeline really give an officer an edge in terms of assignments and promotions?

Apologies for the ignorance, but are all subs of the nuclear variety? I thought they were not. If so, do all prospective sub officers go through nuke (power?) school nonetheless?

And, why is there a nuclear option for swo? I did not believe any surface ships had nukes. But, then again, I am not this forum asking questions for a reason.

Thank you.
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
#2
Are you applying for NUPOC? All these questions can be fielded by your OR if that's the case.

If you want more in-depth questions ask when you attend the Nuclear VIP trip in San Diego.
 

zippy

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#4
From what I have read, the nuclear programs for both subs and swo appear to be quite lengthy and stringent in nature, especially with the academics.

For all this trouble, does completing the nuclear pipeline really give an officer an edge in terms of assignments and promotions?

Apologies for the ignorance, but are all subs of the nuclear variety? I thought they were not. If so, do all prospective sub officers go through nuke (power?) school nonetheless?

And, why is there a nuclear option for swo? I did not believe any surface ships had nukes. But, then again, I am not this forum asking questions for a reason.

Thank you.
No.

Yes. Yes except the Supply Officer.

Ever heard of an aircraft carrier?
 

Uncle Fester

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#8
@JWL I think I see your confusion. Nuclear weapons =/= nuclear propulsion. Navy "nuke" programs are for the latter - running nuclear power plants aboard subs and aircraft carriers. All USN subs and carriers are nuclear powered.
 
#9
@JWL I think I see your confusion. Nuclear weapons =/= nuclear propulsion. Navy "nuke" programs are for the latter - running nuclear power plants aboard subs and aircraft carriers. All USN subs and carriers are nuclear powered.
Yes, Uncle Fester, thanks for the clarification. My understanding is that all subs and carriers are nuclear powered, but only certain subs carry nuclear weapons as part of the nuclear triad. Other subs are attack subs, correct? Nevertheless, all officers that want to go subs go through a year nuclear power school? Is this the same year long school SWO - nukes go through?
 

NavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
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Have y'all read this blog? I have a feeling it may have been posted here in the past. Anyways, here it goes. Any thoughts on how accurate it is?

http://dave.purdone.com/2009/12/should-you-join-the-nuclear-navy-nupoc/
He has some bad gouge, selection rate is not high, the interview he is talking about is the last step in the screening process, by then applications have been reviewed, and transcripts scrutinized, applicants are screened out at many points before that this guy wouldn't know about.

There are nukes that do design, there are few of them they are NR Engineers

He is correct there isn't much excitement, but you really don't want that, because that means extra work, something has failed, etc....

Most of the nuke officers I worked with didn't go into anything related to power generation, except for one exception all were offered good jobs and have good salaries, the other one was an idiot and she was lucky to hold a job at Victoria's secret.
 
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