Submarine experiences or advice

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  1. Tobes

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    Hello all, I am very interested in pursuing a career in submarines and would like to find out what life is like in the silent service, any info would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. 2012mom?

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    Yours is a pretty broad question, so I'll try to answer parts of it:

    Q How can I get service selected into subs from USNA?
    A Each service area has factors that are critical, and for subs, academics is the most critical area. Every sub officer must pass "nuke school," which is a tough course heavy in nuclear physics. On top of grades throughout the four years at USNA, sub selection candidates must pass a rigorous set of interviews. If my Mid's interviews are representative, they include a series of technical/scientific problems which must be solved and explained to the interviewer on the spot. There's also an interview with the Admiral in charge of the Nuclear Reactor program.

    Q What training happens after Commissioning?
    A. Naval Nuclear Power School (NNPS) (nuke school) 24 weeks
    Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) (prototype) 26 weeks
    Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC) 12 weeks
    http://www.navy.com/careers/nuclear-energy/submarine-warfare-nuclear.html

    The following link has a lot of general question/answer that might be more what you're looking for. The only error I noticed is that women officers are now being trained to join the sub community.
    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/navy/l/blsubfaq.htm
     
  3. AcademyFriend1

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    You might read the book "Big Red," by Douglas Waller (published in 2002), a well-written non-fiction account of life aboard a Trident nuclear submarine.
     
  4. Tobes

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    Thank you

    This information is great thank you! Is it better to be on a boomer or fast attack careerwise?how does the different missions have an effect on daily life and operations?
     

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