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Career in the US navy as a nuclear science technician

  1. Dec 21, 2008 #1
    With only a bachelor's of science degree in physics, Is it possible to become a nuclear science technician with only a BS degree in physics?
     
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  3. Dec 22, 2008 #2

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    The Navy doesn't have jobs like "nuclear science technician". They have a number of jobs related to nuclear science, mostly via nuclear propulsion, but the job titles are things like "machinists mate", "electricians mate", etc. If they use the term "nuclear science technician", it's an umbrella category for the sort of specific job I mentioned.

    To enlist into one of these positions, you need to a) score very highly on the ASVAB test, b) have a spotless criminal record, and in particular, no history of drug use, and c) don't screw up in boot camp. With a BS, it is also possible to apply for being an officer, which is essentially a supervisory position. You can replace "a" above with, have a very high GPA from a well-regarded school. The threshold varies with the needs of the service, but it's probably around 3.4.
     
  4. Dec 22, 2008 #3
    Are you required to apply for being an officer if you want to have a job related to nuclear propulsion systems? Is that it, mainly score high on the ASVAB test ? That test is really easy.
     
  5. Dec 22, 2008 #4

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    No, one can be either enlisted or officer. The jobs are different.

    I think I said "very high" for the ASVAB.
     
  6. Dec 22, 2008 #5
    If you score well on the test, the score you received will list the range of navy jobs you qualify for?
     
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    Your recruiter will tell you, based on your ASVAB score, what you qualify for. If I recall correctly, you'll need greater than a 65 on the ASVAB for Nuke service (can't remember for sure if that is the number but it rings a bell).

    Plus I think there is a "Nuke" test requirement also.

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    There are hybrids, too. My nephew has been sailor of the year for larger and larger forces over the years and was the top-rated Chief on the Constellation for years, with little hope of landing a nicer assignment unless he got commissioned as Warrant Officer. That has come to pass, and he is training for new assignments in propulsion, ahead of being reassigned to jobs out of Hawaii. Previously, he supervised machine shops on the carrier. He started out as a grunt, and is now an officer without Naval Academy training.
     
  10. Dec 22, 2008 #9
    65 as I need to get at least 130 questions right out of 200 on the ASVAB to qualify for Nuke service?
     
  11. Dec 22, 2008 #10

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    I don't remember exactly how it is "graded" but I don't believe it is a simple percentage. Your best bet is to talk to your recruiter, he/she will have the best information on it.

    Good Luck,

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  12. Dec 22, 2008 #11

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    Minimum scores are different depending on your rating - I know there are nuclear machinist mates, electricians mates, and electronics technicians. I don't know if there are nuclear MRs: machinery repairmen. In any event, this is something you should discuss with your recruiter.
     
  13. Dec 24, 2008 #12
    The ASVAB is broken down into different areas.

    General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto Shop Info, Mathematics Knowledge, Mechanical Comp, Electrical Information.

    You want to have a high AFQT score with is the average of AR+WK+PC+MK

    Also to qualify for the navy nuke program...

    You need to meet this combo

    AR+MK+EI+GS >252
    VE(WK+PC)+AR+MK+MC> 252

    If you do not qualify based off of those scores you may have to take the Nuke Test which you will have to score a minimum of 50 on...and I think it adds to either and you still have to score higher than 290. It is not hard to get a high AFQT Score and pass well beyond the 252. Depending on your strengths...you may even pull a 400+ in VE+AR+MK+MC

    The Nuke Test is not hard. Basically Algebra, some basic physics, and some basic chemistry...

    Do not go enlisted with your degree...try to go officer. You will need to try and find a officer recruiter...not a enlist recruiter...potentially the recruiter near you could get you hooked up with the regional officer recruiter or something.
     
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  14. Dec 28, 2008 #13
    Would I be able to work in the US Navy research Laboratory if I joined the US Navy with a BA in physics?
     
  15. Dec 28, 2008 #14

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    NRL is essentially a civilian outfit.

    It's also important to understand that if you join the Navy, you go where the Navy wants you to go and do what the Navy wants you to do. While there is some flexibility and room for negotiation, there should be no doubt in anyone's mind that the needs of the service come first.
     
  16. Jan 1, 2009 #15
    Sorry to keep resurrecting this thread but I must know are there any people with physics BA's that work as technicians for laboratories in the Navy or in the military in general.
     
  17. Jan 1, 2009 #16
    A long time ago (20 years) the Navy used to have a program where they would pay your way through school to get a Nuclear Engineering degree.
     
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