Nuclear Officer (Submarine)

Community Overview: 

Nuclear Submarine Officers are in charge of a large number of systems throughout the submarine. They may be in charge of operating nuclear reactors and propulsion systems, maintaining weapons systems, driving and charting the vessel's position, and operationg communications and intelligence equipment.

Training Pipeline After Commission: 

You must first attend Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL for 12 weeks. After completion, candidates will then report to Naval Nuclear Power School (NNPS) in Goose Creek, SC, for 6 month course of study in science and technology which is designed to provide a theoretical knowledge of nuclear power.

After completion of NNPS, they report to one of the Navy's Nuclear Power Training Units (Prototype), in Balston Spa, NY or Goose Creek, SC to receive hands-on training in an operational nuclear power plant for 6 more months.

Following completion of the Prototype phase, candidates move to Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC) in Groton, CT, where they must complete a 13-week course to learn about all the other systems aboard a submarine before reporting to their first assignment.

Special Pay/Bonuses: 

Accession bonus of $10,000 at the time of enlistment + $2,000 after Prototype.

Active Duty Obligation: 
5 yrs from date of commission
Service Obligation: 
Total of 8 yrs Active & Inactive.
Age Requirement: 
You must be at least 19 and less than 29 at the time of commission.
Education Requirements: 
BA/BS/MS in preferred majors: Math, Physics, Engineering, and Chemistry.
Competitive 3.3+ GPA
At least 1 year of calculus and 1 year of calculus-based physics
Medical Requirements: 
Vision must be correctable to 20/20
Color vision required
PRK and LASIK only eye surgeries waiverable.