I enlisted in the Navy on July 21, 2011, as "Nuclear Field Applicant". I am fully aware of what I've gotten myself into, and I know this will be one of the most challenging things I will ever do in my life. I have had a fond interest in nuclear energy for quite some time, and second on my list of career choices, was to be Navy Nuke. Well my first career choice didn't quite work out , so I headed right on down to the recruiting office on my 18'th birthday, and bluntly told the recruiters as I walked in the office "I want to join the Navy." They proceeded to look at me funny, then asked if I had graduated from high school. I said yes, then they asked me what my GPA was. I said 3.8. Then the CPO in the office poked his out of his office door and asked "What exactly do you want to do in the Navy?" I said I want to be a Navy Nuke. Immediately every recruiter in the office got out of their chairs, came up and introduced themselves to me. I sat down, took the pre-asvab, scored a 90, and they said as long as I had no D's or F's in high school, and I was good at math, I shouldn't have a problem qualifying for nuke. They took me to MEPS the next day, to take the real ASVAB. Scored a 92. And my "Nuc" line score was a 266, and my "EL" line score was also a 266. (I guess my 4 years of engineering classes, shop classes, and 4 years working for my dad (an electrical contractor) finally payed off) I Went back to the recruiting office, and I was told by my recruiter that I had the highest line scores he had ever seen. (I don't really believe him, so if 266 and a 92 isn't that high, let me know LOL). It was a monday and he said he would take me to MEPS next friday to swear in and what not. Well apparently that wasn't soon enough, because someone way up in the chain of command, made it an order that I was to be driven 3 hours away to another MEPS, and sworn in that thursday. So me and my recruiter spent a whole day doing paperwork, and then we went to San Jose, where I stayed overnight in a hotel, then went to MEPS early thursday Morning for what I consider to be 13 hours at the DMV. Signed a bunch of papers, swore in, then went home. Passed out on the car ride home. It didn't hit me until three days later that I just sold my life away.
WITH THAT BEING SAID:
, I ship out March 1st 2012. (I know what you're thinking... he can't wait a week and a half to swear in but he can wait 7 months to ship out?
classic example of a case of "hurry up and wait" huh?) My main question to all of you experts, is what rate will I likely be selected for? I'm fine with any of them, but I just hate not having any idea, so based on my line scores (and the needs of the navy), if I wanted to be an ET, would I have a good chance at being selected for it? The Nuke Chief said I would most likely be forced to be an ET because of my scores, but I don't really trust what someones telling me as I'm signing my life away. haha. So if any of you have an opinion, answer, or a suggestion about my career choice, feel free to chime in
I'd appreciate anything! I love NukeWorker.com! I was trolling these forums long before I enlisted, and love all of the expert advice.