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Saturday, March 17, 2012

5 tidbits about going to college after being a nuke


Image of an Ex Navy Nuke going to class
Once your time as a nuke is complete using the credits gathered from power school and active duty it would seem attending college and completing your degree would be the next logical step.  I am sure many of you believe college will be more challenging than going through nuke school.  Here are five reasons you may be surprised how different your college experience may be from your time as a nuke once you enroll for classes.

1) There are no military requirements such as inspections with the exception of a ROTC program.
2) No one is going to make you sign a book documenting how many hours you study every week.
3)  Nuke school has been mentioned as compressing the knowledge covered in four years of college into 18 months. Now that you are enrolled in a university you can take as much time as needed to complete your coursework.
4) The GI bill will pay for a lot of college, in many cases, no loans will be required.
5) In college you will be studying something you are interested since you are footing the bill. We all remember some topics you never understood why the navy was teaching you but the nuke curriculum is not about what you wanted to learn since they are paying you.  Now in college the selection of topic is yours.

The path is clear. Get your degree finished and enjoy the ride while you are attending classes in what interests you. Your country appreciate you honorable service and you certainly have earned the right.

1 comment:

tom koehler (ex ETN2(ss)) said...

I got out in December of '71 with no clear idea what I wanted. Finally, I enrolled in a technical writing program at the University of Minnesota - Duluth campus in 1989. No GI bill for me by then, so it was all on my dime. I actually felt a bit sorry for the kids just out of high school without a clue how to study. I got out summa cum laude in 1995 while still working full time on the railroad, where I was a track worker. (go figure) Am now retired from the railroad and happy in the woods by Lake Superior.