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Navy Nuclear Power

Navy Nuclear Power

Today's Navy is the most technologically advanced organization in the world, with most of its aircraft carriers and all of its submarines propelled by nuclear power. But nuclear-powered ships don't run themselves. The Navy is continually looking for highly motivated, quality men and women to join the nuclear team as nuclear propulsion plant engineers and operators.

Sailors who operate the engineering plants of nuclear-powered ships are carefully screened, selected, and trained. The standards for selection are high; the rewards and satisfaction are unparalleled.

Nuclear Field Sailors are proud professionals, enjoying the adventure and exceitement that the Navy's unique lifestyle offers.

Nuclear Field Program Opportunities

New and exciting job opportunities await the select group of men and women with the knowledge and expertise gained through Navy nuclear engineering training. Some of the technical and professional benefits enjoyed by qualified people in the Navy's nuclear field include:

  • College-level classes in physics, chemistry, mathematics, electrical engineering and thermodynamics;
  • College-level engineering training in nuclear power plant design, construction, instrumentation and operation;
  • Worldwide travel;
  • Service in an exciting, challenging adn highly technical field, vital to national defense.

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Nuclear Field Program entrance requirements are the highest in the Navy. Because of the extensive high-tech training offered, a six-year active duty obligation is required.

Incentives And Rewards For Nuclear Field Sailors

Rapid Advancement

Nuclear Field candidates enter the Navy in paygrade E-3 (seaman) instead of E-1 (seaman recruit). Candidates advance to paygrade E-4 (petty officer third class) after successfully completing all advancement-in-rate requirements (to include minimum time-in-rate) and "A" school training, provided eligibility in the Nuclear Field Program is maintained.

Enlistment bonuses

Nuclear Field Sailors receive enlistment bonuses of up to $10,000 following successful completion of training, or they may select the Navy College Fund, which pays up to $50,000 in monthly installments for a college education.

Special Duty Assignment Pay

Nuclear Field Sailors are eligible for specialty pay when they meet requirements.

Selective Re-enlistment bonuses

Nuclear-trained second class petty officers who re-enlist for six years could be eligible for bonuses up to $30,000.

Submarine Pay

Nuclear Field Sailors serving aboard submarines are eligible for added submarine special pay of $75 to $355 per month, depending on paygrade and time in service.