Surface Nuclear ET
With regards to nuclear ET's, due to the low manning of ET instructors at our training commands, the first step to looking for any available shore duty billets is to submit an instructor screening package. Based on your package being approved or disapproved, then we can discuss available shore surface/submarine shore duty options. Be aware that there are very little shore duty billets for ET's and those that do exist are normally taken up by those who are unable to screen for instructor duty or have a package that's been disapproved. As a nuclear trained operator, it should be your expectation to perform well at sea, train students, and then take both these experiences back to sea and lead Sailors. Those who are not willing to follow this expectation may find that the nuclear Navy may no longer be in their career path.
Those Sailors not eligible to screen for Special Duty Programs (Instructor Duty/Recruiting) will have to contact your detailer to discuss your shore duty options. Be prepared that due to the limited sea tour billets available, you may have to return back to sea for a minimum 24-month tour.
With the implementation of CMS/ID, you should be checking CMS/ID when within 7-9 months of your PRD and applying for any billets being advertised either at sea or shore. If you need assistance or cannot access CMS/ID, I recommend you contact your career counselor or call your detailer. If you are no longer within your PRD window, the detailer can also make an application for you. Thank you.
ETC(SW) Carl Rubel
Surface Nuclear ET E6 and below Detailer
Submarine Nuclear ET
Greetings to all nuclear ET submariners! As always, Nuclear Instructor Duty is one of the best ways to set yourself apart from your shipmates as a top performer. While certainly a challenging shore duty assignment, Nuclear Instructor Duty will provide you not only a break from sea duty, but also several rewards and opportunities during your tour. As an instructor, there are many opportunities to further your own education (with costs supplemented by the Navy!), the ability to qualify Master Training Specialist and EWS, and for those who really apply themselves, the chance to qualify EOOW. Another thing to consider is advancement opportunities (particularly for those up for Chief), are much greater at our instructor sites.
It is essential that these critically needed sites remain properly manned with our top performing Sailors. As we begin to raise accessions for our nuclear rates, it becomes increasingly important for the health of the community to have high quality instructors ready to train and mold our young Sailors into operators that the Fleet can depend on and be proud of. Because of this, all nuclear technicians should expect to complete at least one tour at one of our nuclear training facilities. While over 70 percent of our instructor duty billets are at the Prototypes, I currently have open billets throughout the training pipeline for all suitable applicants.
For those wanting to apply for instructor duty, submit an approved NAVPERS 1306/7, a special program screening form, copies of your last three evals, your PRIMS data, and your pipeline scores for Power School and Prototype. Remember that for breakout Sailors you can get orders to NPTU as early as your 36-month point onboard!
To those personnel heading back to sea, be sure to contact me at least 9 months prior to your current PRD. I typically have billets available in several ports for those willing to complete a full sea tour. As most of you returning to sea are first classes, you should expect to go to fill a role as an LPO at your next command.
ETC (SS) Justin Schow
Submarine Nuclear ET E6 and below Detailer