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Old 02-24-2017, 08:43 AM
 
Location: New England
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Yesterday a Navy recruiter approached my 16 year old son. He is a straight A student, and scored extremely high on the ASVAB also was the highest score in his high school on the PSAT. He takes mostly honors courses, is familiar with statistics, calculus, power series and what not.

My hope was to find a college that interested him, but the Navy is influencing him at school. The recruiter specifically mentioned submarines. He told my son he would be an officer (it occurs to me petty officer is non-commissioned), he also mentioned nuclear submarine (but to the best of my understanding all modern US submarines are nuclear).

He is about 6'1" and may go to 6'2". He loves Internet, particularly online games. He doesn't respond well to nonsensical directions.

Does anyone have experience on a US submarine that can help me understand and relay to my child what is being offered. At some point, it would be nice to meet this recruiter.
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:28 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN
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Your son definitely fits the bill of what the Navy is looking for in a Nuke. My son is currently in training to be a Navy Nuke. He took the enlisted route so I'm not as familiar with the NUPOC (officer) program. You can do some google research by using the following terms: navy nuke, NUPOC, navy nuclear power program. You can also go to the Navy For Moms website, go to the forum section and search "Nuke". The forums are public and open for all to see. I never use that site so I'm not really sure what you will find there.
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:34 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN
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And, of course, Navy.com

Please feel free to private message me with any questions
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:57 AM
 
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He doesn't respond well to nonsensical directions.
Then perhaps the military is not for him

Upside: The recruiter is probably trying to fill an enlisted quota. however, I am sure with his credentials your son can get an ROTC slot and get a high-end degree, have no debt, and walk right into a reasonably well- paying job, seamlessly. Altho your son sounds like he can do the same without ROTC.
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:11 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN
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Then perhaps the military is not for him
Not necessarily. My son was the exact same way regarding not following directions he deemed insignificant, and he's doing just fine in the military.
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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I spent 15 years in Navy Recruiting Leadership, I retired five years ago.

Your son can't be offered anything by a recruiter. That happens at meps. Also, your son isn't going to be an officer. If he is being recruited out of high school that is for the enlisted ranks.

He would need a college degree to become an officer. Has he investigated the academies?
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:27 AM
 
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Not necessarily. My son was the exact same way regarding not following directions he deemed insignificant, and he's doing just fine in the military.
We know. That's what "perhaps" means
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Has he investigated the academies?
^^^

This.
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:30 AM
 
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Yesterday a Navy recruiter approached my 16 year old son. He is a straight A student, and scored extremely high on the ASVAB also was the highest score in his high school on the PSAT. He takes mostly honors courses, is familiar with statistics, calculus, power series and what not.

My hope was to find a college that interested him, but the Navy is influencing him at school. The recruiter specifically mentioned submarines. He told my son he would be an officer (it occurs to me petty officer is non-commissioned), he also mentioned nuclear submarine (but to the best of my understanding all modern US submarines are nuclear).

He is about 6'1" and may go to 6'2". He loves Internet, particularly online games. He doesn't respond well to nonsensical directions.

Does anyone have experience on a US submarine that can help me understand and relay to my child what is being offered. At some point, it would be nice to meet this recruiter.
They probably can't talk about technical details because it is classified.
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:40 AM
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Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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When I was in the Navy, part of my time was spent on carriers although I was attached to SUBFLEET. On the carriers they would bring professors onboard and you could take classes, get your degree while underway.
Once he had a degree, (paid for by the GI BILL), he could become either a Mustang, (Officer from the ranks), apply to the academy, or become an LDO, (Limited Duty Officer).


The Navy is a great place for intelligent ambitious people to get their start in life. You see the world, your education is paid for, you make good money especially with sea pay, he could do a hitch and come out set ready for a career in any number of high paying positions, especially if he's in SUBFLEET.


It takes people with intelligence and imagination to operate in a high tech platform like a sub.


I found the Navy to be full of very intelligent, (above average in fact), dedicated people. I never liked taking orders either, but found that wasn't a real issue with the commands I was with.


He can make some excellent connections with people all over the world, get a degree with practical experience to back it up, and have military benefits for later in life.
One hitch could really make a huge impact on his life. A career would give him a lifetime of security.


Not a bad place to be.
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