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When someone wants to join the Armed Services they typically go to a recruiting station and talk to a recruiter who tells them what the military (navy) has to offer and the benefits of joining their branch of service. Very rarely, however, do a person walk into a recruiting station and say that want to be a nuke, because they may have never heard of a nuke or anything relating to the nuclear field unless they have had or knew someone in that field.
When you first talk to a recruiter their job is to find out whether or not you qualify for the military and show you what the service has to offer. The recruiter can never guarantee anyone a specific job because there are a few parameters that must be met that the recruiter has o control over.
An applicant must be both mentally and physically qualified for the military as well as certain jobs. Applicants must take an exam that evaluates a person's mental level in a few spectrums in which are broken down into variables such as math, reading, comprehension, mechanics, etc. Based on what a person scores dictates what may be available for that applicant. After the mental evaluation a person must then take a physical where they must show that they are physical fit to be in the military. If a person passes both portions they will then sit down with someone who will show them their options of jobs they qualify for. When a person chooses a job they will sign a contract stating that the job they chose is guaranteed as well as a date in which they will go to boot camp and begin their career.
Less Than, Less Than
People in the military make up less than 1% of the American population, less than 1% of that 1% that join are qualified to be in the nuclear field. Personnel in the nuclear field have to be some of the brightest and have to have some of the highest scores on the entrance exam to get started. Being in the nuclear field is on the same level as the navy seals whereas the training process is very long and rigorous and a lot of people fail out before beginning their career. It is a job where you can not tell people what you actually do because a lot of things are classified and they might not understand thermodynamics and other boring aspects of physics.
One of the problems of being part of a team that is considered the brightest of the brightest is that sometimes they can be arrogant and condescending and sometimes seem to talk down to other people that are not in their group. People who have come in contact or know a nuke will tell you nine times out of ten they hate nukes. They will tell you that a nuke may have brain smarts but they do not have common sense and lack the ability to relate to regular people. Often times they come off like they are better than everyone else and this can lead to the rest of the crew having a distaste for them.
Typically, the nukes, are the first ones to work and the last ones to leave work. They advance quicker through the ranks than almost anyone else due stringent requirements one needs to be a nuke. Sometimes it can lead to a solitary life however, a person who completes the nuke program and has a successful career is afforded the opportunity to complete their degree in the engineering field due to the fact that because of their on the job training, the get credits toward their degree.
Do you think you got what it takes to be a nuke?
Not all the jobs in the military get the glitz and glamour that people want, however, all persons are needed on deck especially the ones that are beneath the surface that are not seen.