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Nuclear Officer Interviews

tspotting84

New Member
I am heading to DC tommorow, the 12th, was wondering if anyone had any stories about their technical interviews or interviews with the admiral.

Also, wondering if anyone got the prereqs waived? I got the physics prereq waived and was told that was the first time he had ever heard of them waiving the physics requirement.

Could it be because I'm female? Is there affirmative action crap to meet female quotas? Just curious. I also got a medical waiver for my horrendous eyesight.

All my friends say God is just answering prayers.

Thanks

Ashley, tspotting84@yahoo.com
 

Carno

Insane
mjcIII was just indicating with his post that he is a clueless high schooler.

Hope your interview went well...
 

Thisguy

Pain-in-the-dick
Also, wondering if anyone got the prereqs waived? I got the physics prereq waived and was told that was the first time he had ever heard of them waiving the physics requirement.

Could it be because I'm female? Is there affirmative action crap to meet female quotas? Just curious. I also got a medical waiver for my horrendous eyesight.
Wow...Physics waived? I don't know about them doing it because you're female, but I'm curious as to how your interviews went if they couldn't ask you any physics questions.
 

Schnugg

It's gettin' a bit dramatic 'round here...
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Super Moderator
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You can end up flying an F/A-18E all based on the nod of a CAPT.

But it requires an Admiral to okay people to enter the nuke power program. That kind of senior intrusive leadership is a big reason why I believe so many nuke power Officers bail after their initial committment.

It makes it appears that Nuke power admirals don't trust thier O-6s to make good decisions???

Responsibility is the same no matter what you do or fly.
 

tspotting84

New Member
I went to DC. I was the only nonengineer major. I was the only one to have the prereq waived. I had physics questions in both my interviews. I didn't have to have a third interview. The Admiral said yes. All three said going from Psychology to Nuclear Power is going to be really hard and I have to be prepared for a whole lot of studying (more than my 4 hours a week).

Questions were like this: graph y=e^-x and y=asin(x) and superimpose and find the area between the two. Then a pulley question and how fast would the block fall. Then in the second interview he asked to integrate something using u substitution then a wedge with two blocks attached by a string through a frictionless pulley. The admiral asked who it was that i found out about the nuke program, how much i study, and when was the last time i failed a test.

so yeah....that's more than you asked for. If anyone has questions about the interviewing process I can field some of them.

Ashley
 

Thisguy

Pain-in-the-dick
Congrats...never heard of a non engr/science major gettin' NUPOC. Did you get the novelty check?
 

hourocket

Bullseye
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You would be surprised as to how many non engr/science majors are in the Nuke program. I had plenty on my boat that were English, Phsyc, Poli Sci.
 

Thisguy

Pain-in-the-dick
You would be surprised as to how many non engr/science majors are in the Nuke program. I had plenty on my boat that were English, Phsyc, Poli Sci.
Yeah...but most of those I've heard of were from USNA/ROTC where they're required to take 2 semesters of calc, and 2 semesters of physics...I was surprised to see a NUPOC (OCS).
 

tspotting84

New Member
I also had a couple other maths under my belt. I should have been a math major except I ran into a brick wall called Abstract Mathematics.

So although the prereq was waived, I made up for it in other areas, I guess.

I would say I was definately an exception and no one should expect to get into NUPOC without the prereqs and the grades to prove you're able.

I loved having the Admiral sign his name to my giant 3' x 5' check and all the balloons and the ticker tape......oh wait, that was in my dreams. I just signed up for direct deposit so that check will be like a month away, at least.
 

RockyMtnNFO

Well-Known Member
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Contributor
You can end up flying an F/A-18E all based on the nod of a CAPT.

But it requires an Admiral to okay people to enter the nuke power program. That kind of senior intrusive leadership is a big reason why I believe so many nuke power Officers bail after their initial committment.

It makes it appears that Nuke power admirals don't trust thier O-6s to make good decisions???

Responsibility is the same no matter what you do or fly.

I would respectfully disagree with my double anchored brother on a couple of counts.

First, I don't believe that the Admiral's interview is intrusive and there was a reason for it. Yes, Admiral Rickover did in fact start the tradition when he basically told Congress, in order to sell the Nuclear program, that he would personally interview every officer that would enter nuclear training. The Admiral is directly responsible for whatever happens in the nuclear Navy and I would argue that he has a right to interview his Officers. He does not routinely check in on them at NPS or while they are on the boat; his trusted 0-6's and 0-5's are there for that.

Secondly, responsibility is not all the same. An NTO has more responsibility on a more consistant basis than aviators. I will grant that there are times when we Brown Shoes have tremendous responsibility and our actions can have great repercussions, but not at the same level as someone who is running a reactor or has their finger on "The Button".

I don't really know why so many Nukes bail after their first tour and it may be as you say, but I don't feel that the Admiral's interview has a correlative affect on retention.

R/

Steve
 

greysword

Boldly lick where no one has licked before
My best friend was an engineering major and passed Calc I, II, II and Engineering math, as well as Physics I and II. In his senior year, he promptly decided that engineering wasn't for him and got a Social Science degree instead :) His Calc and Physics classes became "electives", the advisors thought he was nuts :tongue2_1

Now as for Nuclear Power Officers, I submit from my former nuke bretheren to confirm that the job of a nuke officer is to sit in maneuvering and try to determine who it was that just ripped that rank fart into the enclosed space. :D
 
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