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Schools 6 years inbetween undergrad and grad school?

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Hello,

I am a mechanical engineering and mathematics undergraduate, and am looking at the Navy's NUPOC (nuclear propulsion officer candidate) program as a potential right-out-of-college job prospect (well, technically, while in college, but for all practical purposes, it starts after I graduate).

This program entails a 6 year obligation, during which I would spend one year in a classroom learning the fundamentals of the navy's nuclear propulsion, and the rest would be spent on a submarine as a plant operator/overseer.

My concerns, however, start after this six years has passed. I don't want to spend my whole life in the navy (or at least I don't think that I do), and expect that after the navy graduate school could be a likely prospect. I was hoping to gather your guys' opinions on attending grad school after being out of school for such a long period of time.

Will this amount of time hurt my chances of getting in? I imagine that any negative factor that the time may have could likely be mitigated by the fact that I was a) serving in the military b) serving in a technical field and c) serving in a field related to what i would be going to grad school for.

My real concern, honestly, is simply that I wont remember anything =O

Feel free to answer questions which I did not ask. Anything that any of you feel you could add.

Thanks
--anonymous

edit: i forgot to mention that my true interest lies in fusion, and that I would likely start off with the goal of a masters of engineering and see where it takes me.
 
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