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Old 08-15-2016, 05:58 PM   #1
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My son auto qualified for the nuke program with a 90 but was told that because he's been homeschooled he will still have to take the NAPT. Does that sound legit?
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My son auto qualified for the nuke program with a 90 but was told that because he's been homeschooled he will still have to take the NAPT. Does that sound legit?
Yes it does.
Three factors are most likely playing into that decision:
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1) He might not have scored high enough on a specific section of the ASVAB.

2) Quotas close Sept. 30th, so recruiters aren't going to be playing around; especially not with Nuke contracts.

3) His non-traditional school background also probably plays a small role, but not as much as the 2 reasons above.

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Old 08-16-2016, 10:23 AM   #3
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Then why would they cite the homeschooling? I even asked to get a copy of the asvab line scores and was told it was because of the homeschooling. I could respect the line score answer.
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Then why would they cite the homeschooling? I even asked to get a copy of the asvab line scores and was told it was because of the homeschooling. I could respect the line score answer.
It's non-traditional and they probably want some extra credibility that he has what it takes make it as a nuke. A metric ton of people fail out of that course every year. It could also have to do with what kind of math courses he took in your home school program. Certain math courses are required, have to be recognized by certain accreditation boards, etc, etc.

It's hard to speak directly to his situation without having all of his documents in front of me, but to sum it up, no it's really not that unorthodox for them to ask him to take a NAPT considering the circumstances.

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Also, is Nuke really what he wants to do? I know they really sell the program to these kids that do well on the ASVAB, but is he interested in being an engineer? It's not just sitting in a control room; it's running around the ship with a wrench or circuit manual and actually doing the maintenance. Getting your hands dirty. If he's not the kind of guy who's into like fixing up cars or something then I would question if that's actually what you want to do or if he is just chasing that program because they make it seem prestigious for some reason. Once you get the Fleet, nobody really cares that you went to power school since everyone else around you did as well.

There's a million other cool things you can do that require a strong intelligence aptitude; not just nuclear power generation lol
Us spooky intelligence folks are a good example ;)

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Old 08-16-2016, 11:34 AM   #5
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That is the rate this mom want him to truly consider. He really likes the math and science aspect of nuke though. Eventually, he is his own person thankfully
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That is the rate this mom want him to truly consider. He really likes the math and science aspect of nuke though. Eventually, he is his own person thankfully
You can get that with other rates just as well, and also be advised that those aren't the only thing's hell be doing. He'll still be turning wrenches or chasing wires, long hours, and have a lot of damage control (aka fire fighting) duties. They're still engineers, they just work on nuclear powered steam equipment rather than gas turbine driven ones really. At the end of the day it's really just boiling water haha ;)

Just some friendly information though to help you make informed decisions. I'm sure you guys will do whatever's right for you!

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FYI...there are actually 3 levels of homeschool and charter school...you need to know what level the government gave yours..that makes a big difference. Some programs don't qualify at all and require some college credits to make the difference.
Another thing about nukes...my son was a nuke...even nukes, depending on which rate they are, scrape paint off pipes and repaint them almost daily..my son said if you weren't wearing out a wire brush daily you weren't doing your job! Basically he said he equated his job as a plumber with a really big wrench!
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That does sound legitimate. Every person who I've met in the pipeline who was homeschooled, had to take the NAPT. It's no big deal, if he's cut out to be a nuke he should pass it without any issue.
Without being the cheerleader for the nuke program, I can say I'm extremely happy to be a nuke. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Can you clarify on the three levels of homeschool? I'm not finding any information on that. And thank you for your responses.
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Can you clarify on the three levels of homeschool? I'm not finding any information on that. And thank you for your responses.
It really is hard to clarify as each state has their own regulations and rules..some call them level 1, 2 and 3, and some call them level A, B and C..the recruiter from that area should know the difference. It is kind of like the lowest level is no where near accredited, the higher the better but still may require college credits to qualify..hope this helps
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The Navy really cracked down on home school education credentials in the early 2000's. The crackdown came in the wake of a huge scandal out of NRD Chicago where Recruiters were falsifying credentials to get people into the Navy. Several hundred falsified home school credentials were used to enlist people. Also, applicants for the Nuke Program must be what is termed a Tier I High School Diploma Graduate. Tier I is defined in the Enlisted Recruiting Manual (CRUITMAN). When I was a Recruiter (bear in mind that was in 2002-2004) home schooling was not generally considered to meet Tier I requirements. They were evaluated on a case by case basis and, after the scandal, were looked at with a very critical eye by the Education Specialists throughout Navy Recruiting Command.
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Its legit. I scored a 96 had to do it and failed. Honestly im glad i did. Hm has afforded me better opportunities and schooling that translates well into the civilian sector.

Edit: just saw the dates on this. But ill leave my post if this happends to anyone else
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