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U.S. Navy Offers Advanced Technical Training

America’s Navy. It’s people. It’s education. It’s opportunity. Within the first moments of Navy life it’s clear that this is special. With more than 60 different occupational fields there is virtually unlimited opportunity for professional growth. And that’s just the beginning.

Whatever your path in the Navy, you will have access to incredible levels of technical training on the job and incredible educational opportunities off the job. Beginning with guaranteed basic technical school in your occupational field, many fully accredited by the American Council on Education, the Navy also partners with the Navy College Center to help Navy men and women focus their educational goals and achieve their individual dreams. At sea, Sailors can earn college credits through the Program for Afloat College Education.

Keep reading to learn about some of the amazing opportunities in America’s Navy.

Nuclear Power Program

America’s Navy Nuclear Power Program has long been considered the most technical program in the U.S. Armed Forces. If you qualify, you will begin seeing the rewards almost immediately. Successful applicants to the Nuclear Power Program enter at advanced pay grades and attend advanced technical schools in either electricity, electronics, or as machinists. In-depth technical training and hands-on operation in these advanced systems follow. Graduates apply their skills aboard nuclear powered vessels.

If you have a strong math/science background you could qualify for this incredible program. If you are accepted you can receive a sign-on bonus of up to $11,000. Re-enlistment bonuses up to $90,000 are also available. *

Advanced Electronics Computer Field (AECF) / Submarine Electronics Computer Field (SECF)

Qualified high school graduates, women and men, are eligible for the Advanced Electronics Computer Field (AECF) and the Submarine Electronics Computer Field (SECF). If you are highly motivated and qualify, the rewards of these elite programs begin almost immediately.

You’ll enter the Navy at an advanced pay grade and after completing basic training attend advanced technical training where you’ll train for a career as an Information Systems Technician, Electronic Technician, Sonar Technician, Fire Control Technician, or other specialties. You can expect state-of-the-art training in the operation and maintenance of satellites, local and interior communication systems, radars, computer LANS, and complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment used in advanced weapons systems. This is just a small sample of the advanced electronics and computer field.

If you are accepted into the Submarine Electronics Field (SECF), you’ll also enter the Navy at an advanced pay grade and attend advanced training. You’ll train from the very best there are in the highly technical realm of submarine computer systems. As a submariner, you’ll be among the most elite warriors in the world today.

Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC)

If you know you want to go to college, but wonder how you will pay for everything, America’s Navy may have the answer you need. The NROTC Scholarship Program provides full funding for four years of college tuition, textbooks, and other fees — up to $180,000. Students in the program also receive a stipend every month from $200 to $400 depending on location to help with everyday expenses.

As a participant in NROTC you’ll develop your leadership skills, and benefit from having highly motivated military mentors who will become a solid support system for you. During the school year you will concentrate on school and be fully available to take advantage of the total college experience. Each summer as a member of NROTC you’ll have opportunities to learn about the Navy hands-on through visits to operating units within the Navy. The best part of NROTC is that when you graduate you’ll already have a guaranteed job as an Officer in America’s Navy, and, you won’t have any school loans to repay.

Officer Scholarships

Take control of your future with a Navy Officer Program Scholarship. If you are qualified and accepted you’ll be heading down a road that leads to executive-level responsibility way before any of your friends and classmates. You’ll serve in some of the most challenging — and rewarding — leadership positions you can imagine. The following are detailed descriptions, but keep in mind that the Navy offers scholarships for numerous disciplines including civil engineering, Dental school and nursing.

The Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

If you are a student in certain health disciplines (physician, dentist and certain Medical Service Corps specialties) you may be eligible for a Navy Health Professions Scholarship. While you are in school you’ll receive up to four years of full tuition, books, fees and necessary equipment. You’ll also receive a monthly stipend of approximately $3,280 to $5,610 depending on location. After graduation you’ll be commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. You’ll begin practicing in your chosen profession free of school debt and ready to take on the rewarding challenges of being a Naval Officer and Health Care professional.

The Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP)

If you are a graduate student in certain health care disciplines (Medical Service Corps specialties) you may qualify for the Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP). This program covers books, and fees, as well as two years pay and allowances equivalent to those earned by an E-6 in the military — approximately $3,280 to $5,610 depending on area of residence. In addition, HSCP students receive the full medical and dental benefits of an active duty sailor. As with the HPSP, students in this program are not required to perform military duties until they graduate from school.

Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC)

If you are a junior or senior working toward a four year degree, with one year of calculus and physics, you may qualify for the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program. This is a highly selective and competitive program, but if you are accepted you’ll receive a signing bonus of up to $15,000. While you are in the program you’ll receive a salary of approximately $3,280 to $5,610 depending on area of residence. After graduation you’ll receive further training through the Navy’s own engineering program. NUPOCs receive an additional $2,000 upon successful completion of this training.

As a Navy nuclear officer, you’ll have extraordinary opportunities to serve in jobs that will test and reward your mettle. From operating multi-million dollar ships and submarines you’ll supervise the many highly trained men and women who run the propulsion plants. Your service in America’s Navy will prepare you to lead in the corporate world as well.

For specific information on these advanced programs call: 866-FOR-NAVY, or e-mail: jobs

*Bonuses and monthly stipend/salary amounts are subject to change. Contact your local Navy Recruiter to learn the latest information on amounts and program requirements.

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