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In the instruction I posted, it lists what is considered a Technical Degree and Non-Technical Degree, not all of the Technical ones are Engineering. I think you can also go with the Math-Science Technical Degree.
I have yet to go to basic ... This is just what I have gathered from reading several different forum topics on the matter. I hope it helps.
There's no time to do volunteer work while you're in the pipeline. At least not if you want to do it right. Becoming a nuke, and then becoming a GOOD nuke is a full time job.If you want to join to become an officer, then go to college and try the NUPOC program or OCS. Don't enlist with the intention of becoming an officer. The best way to stand out from your peers is to have the best grade in the class... Not to be middle of the road in grades with a bunch of volunteer crap on top of it. Nukes are a different breed, and to be successful will take all of your time.I know that right now the Nuclear Navy is on a big kick to make sure that nukes are a part of "Big Navy", but it really can't last much longer. Eventually the people who actually understand the plant are going to retire, and all that's going to be left is a bunch of morons trying to figure out who's going to fix the plant around all of their collateral duties, volunteer work, etc.... That just means that the plant will be broke for longer because no one really knows how to fix it. Enlist, learn your trade well, and be the one people call when something breaks. It will be rewarded.
I would like to add that it might also be beneficial to do some volunteer work during the nuke pipeline if you can find time
One thing I haven't been able to understand about STA-21 is when exactly you have to apply to college. I've yet to see that explicitly stated. Is it before or after you submit your STA-21 packet?
I can tell there are fail-safes against everything here. They know what mistakes students and instructors will make and are ready to prevent them.
Virtually everything you "gathered" from several topics was incorrect. How about leaving the advice to those who successfully made the STA-21 leap or are involved in officer programs?!? Bad advice is harmful and distracts the future reader from the correct answer.
I am currently in the Delayed Entry Program, and I am trying to figure out what my nuke pipeline is going to look like. I understand that if I do the STA 21 program it would start before prototype training and the specific universities i can attend. Only thing that I am confused about is some wording on the STA 21 website:"The STA-21 Nuclear Option is available only at those specially identified universities, not including cross-town universities (see Education). Selectees must major in a technical curricula and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale."What does "technical curricula" mean? Does this mean that I need to look into getting a Nuclear Engineering degree or something? I already have over 60 hours of college credits right now, and the nuke recruiter in my district said that I also earn some college credits while in Nuclear Power School.tl;drwhat does technical curricula mean? (For instance, does a Business Administration degree count)what type of hours are accumulated at NPS?Has anyone else gone through the STA21 Program?Other than going back to college, what else is apart of the STA21 program (other training, etc.)?
4) STA-21 nuke requires you to graduate within 3 years, and you must choose a technical major. This also restricts the list of schools you can attend. I'm not saying STA-21 is a bad deal -- it's a great deal -- but be aware of these "quirks." The way my buddies explained it, it seems like you apply for STA-21 and submit a preference list of schools you'd like to attend. The Navy then places you in one of them if you're accepted into the program.
There can't possibly be a lower quality program in place now than there was when they were in. I can tell there are fail-safes against everything here. They know what mistakes students and instructors will make and are ready to prevent them.
If your son has a degree already, which he has to if he's applying to OCS, he's not eligible for STA-21. If he doesn't have a degree, he can go for STA-21 or the USNA during the pipeline. Also, if you want to be a nuke officer, your school choices are even more limited than for anything else, except maybe nurse.
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