Nothing will change the course of your life like a career in Nuclear Operations. From operating control systems in the reactor room as a Nuclear Electronics Technician, to commanding a ship’s electrical power as a Nuclear Electrician’s Mate, to maintaining propulsion machinery as a Nuclear Machinist’s Mate—you’ll have the opportunity to work on the advanced nuclear systems aboard aircraft carriers and submarines. You’ll need unwavering passion for math and science along with enough determination to propel you through advanced training. But with lucrative post-service career opportunities at Fortune 500 companies and massive enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses, you’ll find it really does pay to be smart. The Navy’s Nuclear Field (NF) program offers extensive training as nuclear propulsion plant operators and technicians to young men and women. The standards for selection for enlistment in the Navy’s NF program are high. People applying for NF training must be dedicated to pursuing the challenge this highly technical field offers. Applicants should be mature, responsible, and capable of working well under pressure. After recruit training, candidates report to the NF “A” School in Charleston, SC for technical training in their specific ratings. They then attend Nuclear Power School (NPS) in Charleston, SC, where they learn theory and practical application of nuclear physics and reactor engineering. Following NPS, candidates begin prototype training in their rating specialty at one of two Nuclear Power Training Units (NPTUs). After nuclear power training, NF Sailors are designated nuclear propulsion plant operators. They may be assigned to modern nuclear powered aircraft carriers or volunteer for submarine service (men only). In Nuclear Operations, promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the Navy. Must be US citizens with successful completion of one year of Algebra, and who can meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance.