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Old 06-07-2017, 05:12 PM   #11
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You're nukin' it...!
Ahhhhh, wrong again my good Sir

I was a Coner ... one of the last non-nuclear trained line officers in the submarine fleet.

Started out as a Strategic Weapons Systems Officer, then they changed us to General Submarine Officers and said find another community since there won't be any CO jobs for you (Diesel boats were being decommissioned and Dry Docks were headed to the EDO community). I stuck it out and completed an AWEPs tour, a SWS Officer tour, SSN CSO & Special Warfare Officer tour, Diesel boat XO and CO of the Navy's Range Eastern Range waterside support and Navigation test platform.

Super fun career - would never have stayed as long as I did if I had become a weather guesser (which is what they wanted me to do since I had degrees in Oceanography and Meteorology).
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:16 PM   #12
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Ahhhhh, wrong again my good Sir



I was a Coner ... one of the last non-nuclear trained line officers in the submarine fleet.



Started out as a Strategic Weapons Systems Officer, then they changed us to General Submarine Officers and said find another community since there won't be any CO jobs for you (Diesel boats were being decommissioned and Dry Docks were headed to the EDO community). I stuck it out and completed an AWEPs tour, a SWS Officer tour, SSN CSO & Special Warfare Officer tour, Diesel boat XO and CO of the Navy's Range Eastern Range waterside support and Navigation test platform.



Super fun career - would never have stayed as long as I did if I had become a weather guesser (which is what they wanted me to do since I had degrees in Oceanography and Meteorology).


Good deal. The admiral told me I was too smart for his nuke program, so here I am being a SWO. I'll stop derailing your thread now!
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:57 PM   #13
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Good deal. The admiral told me I was too smart for his nuke program, so here I am being a SWO. I'll stop derailing your thread now!
I was too dumb - couldn't even get a trip to DC for an interview. My GPA suffered in college in the first two years because I had 'better' things to do than go to class. It wasn't until I was put on double secret probation and got the 'grades up, or get out' speech that I figured it out. By then too late.

Not becoming a nuke was the best thing that ever happened to me. Even on a skimmer those kids never see the light of day except for the 'mando' watches to qualify OOD to get their SWO pins.

I loved driving on the surface, maneuvering (special sea and anchor detail) watch and transits when there was too much traffic to give us submerged water. In the long run I bet I would have been happy as a SWO, at least on small boys.

Oh, it was probably me who derailed it first ... I got the answer I needed and started running my mouth.
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