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Old 01-12-2012, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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Why not put your physics degree to use? Go Navy Nuke!!! AYou can hang with you fellow geeks all day in the reactor department.
Bellhead speaks the truth. You are a shy nerdy physicist. That's ok - you'll fit in fine with us Nukes. We're shy nerdy physicists and engineers ARMED WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS. It really helps with the shyness, believe me

Call a Nuke Officer Recruiter without delay. We don't have the spit and polish of the USMC, but we're deadly with an HP RPN calculator and we get paid a really ridiculous amount of money for a military job. And, when you get out eventually, you are incredibly valuable.

The job is not without its hazards - it can be dirty and dangerous - but this is the military, so it comes with the territory.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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Big difference, original poster is working on a PhD in Physics and has a bach. in Physics already. I would never advocate anybody going in for the enlisted nuke program unless they knew what they were getting into. The reason for this is the enlisted side are way overworked because there are never enough of them requiring long hours on the boat. Also as a enlisted Navy nuke your sea/shore rotation is horrible. Officer side is completely different you do 3 years at sea initially to 2 at shore and then back to sea for 3 then shore for 3. Also as an nuke officer he would have a great chance at commanding a sub one day should he choose.
The attrition rate for enlisted nuclear power school was always much higher than the officer program. That doesn't mean its a cakewalk for someone with a physics degree. Have fun with EE. It will be very hard, but you'll be fine.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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If he does go nuke odds are he will wind up scraping paint on an assault craft as most do
Only if he fails Its an elite program. What do you think happens to all the guys who fail out of BUD/S? Same deal - Navy has got to find a job for folks who can't make it through high attrition programs.

I think he's got a good shot, though.
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