Nuclear Officer (Surface)

Community Overview: 

Nuclear Officers aboard surface ships primarily serve aboard aircraft carriers. These officers are the backbone of the fleet, and may have a variety of responsibilities. These may include directing personnel operations, managing shipboard launch systems, operating digital offensive and defensive capabilities, and tactical employment of all shipboard systems.

Training Pipeline After Commission: 

You must first attend Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL for 12 weeks. Officers destined for surface ships report to Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) in Newport News, RI, for a 20-week course immediately after completion of OCS. After completion of course, candidates report to a surface ship for an 18-month tour.

Following this tour, 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.

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.