How Much Money Do Navy Nukes Make After the Navy?

I put together a Navy Nuke Salary Survey for 2014. I will be updating this post regularly so that you can see how you stack up against other Navy Nukes. Are you behind the curve or ahead of the curve?

2014 Navy Nuke Salary Survey

The survey consisted of a few questions designed to reveal how Navy Nukes stack up against each other in terms of salary. Here are the questions:

  1. How much money do you make per year?
  2. How long have you been at your current job?
  3. What industry do you work in?
  4. What did you do in the Military?
  5. How long were you in the Military?
  6. Highest rank achieved?
  7. Engineering Watch Supervisor qualified?
  8. Active Duty / Active Reserves / Veteran?
  9. Surface or Subsurface? Continue reading “How Much Money Do Navy Nukes Make After the Navy?”

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

I spent a lot of time and money learning how to use LinkedIn. I’m going to give it all to you here, for FREE, and without any fluff. There are three pillars to using LinkedIn. You want 1) Authority, 2) Search Optimization, and 3) a Large Network.

We will discuss how to increase the authority of your profile and how to search optimize your profile first, then discuss strategies for increasing your network. Implementing these strategies can increase your chances of getting a job on LinkedIn or they can increase the amount of revenue your business or recruiting service brings in year after year.

The Importance of Search Optimization

People search for you on LinkedIn. If a Recruiter is looking for a navy nuke to fill an engineering position, she goes to that little search box and types in “navy nuclear,” or “reactor operator,” or “quality assurance technician”.

LI Search Box

It works the same in any industry. If someone is looking for a divorce attorney in Houston, they go to this search box and type in something like “Houston Divorce Attorney.” If a Nuke is looking for a good Recruiter in Virginia to help with his job search, he goes to this little box and types in “Navy Nuke Recruiter in Virginia.”

When you begin to optimize your LinkedIn profile you need to determine what you want to be associated with, i.e., what keywords do you want to be found by? Long ago, I optimized my profile for the keywords “navy nuke.” Go to your LinkedIn profile and search on the words “navy nuke” without the quotations.

yourehiredDoes my profile pop up on the first page? It might not anymore because I have since optimized for different keywords but a lot of the Nuke stuff is still in there. Now whenever recruiters use LinkedIn to find Navy Nukes they see my profile and ask to connect with me.

Your first step in making a LinkedIn profile is deciding what keywords you want to optimize for. Then you want to create your profile with the goal of being on the first page of search results for that particular keyword (the top 10 search results). Continue reading “Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile”

The End of Navy Nuke Job Finder

I started this website circa 2010 as a way to give back to the Navy Nuke Community. At the time I saw a need for an increased ability for Nukes to network with eachother vis a vis the acquisition of gainful employment. The idea came to me when I was in law school because my 2.9 GPA meant that networking was the ONLY way I was ever going to get a job in the legal profession.

The good thing about building a network is that you are able to bypass all the BS that goes hand and hand with the job search process that we know today. If you network properly, the entire application process becomes little more than a formality. This is how people in the 6 figure world do it. The last 2 jobs I was hired for didn’t involve filling out any online application, no resume submission, and no interview process (other than this is how we do things here…when can you start).

That’s kind of what I was going for when I built this website and with that in mind, I have been contemplating a few changes that could mean the end of Navy Nuke Job Finder…as we currently know it. Continue reading “The End of Navy Nuke Job Finder”

Should Navy Nukes Go To Law School?

I get a few questions from the Navy Nuke Community that tend to repeat themselves. One of those questions is, “Should I go to Law School after the Navy?” or “Could you advise my son/daughter who is thinking about going to Law School?”

I have composed several long emails on this topic over the years and I think it’s time I just made a post on so that you will have a resource to consider before you take the plunge.

I’m going to make a few assumptions in answering this question. I’m going to assume you are a Navy Nuke or an ex-Navy Nuke. That means you are probably in the top 10% of the entire world as far as intelligence goes. And you have excelled in every academic program that you have encountered.

This is who I am answering this question for. If you somehow found this website and you are not a member of the Navy Nuke community, this post will still be helpful to you, but you might seek the advice of someone who knows more about your background than I do.

I only ask one favor: Make no judgment about me or about the validity of this article until you read the paragraph titled “DISCLAIMER.” Continue reading “Should Navy Nukes Go To Law School?”

The Most Important Lesson I Learned in the Navy

“It’s not about you. The Purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness.” Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

Jeff Gazaway is a very smart man. People fall into and out of your life. Some will have an impact on your life; some will have no bearing on your life. This is especially true if you ever join the Navy or the military. I didn’t know much about Jeff Gazaway before we met. It was only a random coincidence that we were both assigned to the same duty section.  This meant that while the USS John C. Stennis was in port, Jeff was the Load Dispatcher in charge of the ship’s electrical power distribution and I was the Shut Down Electrical Operator (who’s main duty is to keep the Load Dispatcher awake on the Balls to Seven watch).

The thing I remember most about my 6 years in the Navy is that Continue reading “The Most Important Lesson I Learned in the Navy”

The Best Kind of Navy Nukes…are dependable when it counts

In the Nuclear Program you are going to make some very close friends. This kind of thing always happens when people are all forced to endure the same crappy deal together. There is no other way to say it than that the Nuclear Pipeline really sucks. If you are an enlisted Nuke, your entire career will suck. Period. Boot camp will suck. Nuclear Field A School will suck. Nuclear Power School will suck big harry butt. Nuclear Prototype will suck giant dog butt. Getting qualified and standing watch for the rest of your career will suck slimy, hairy, sweaty, fat, butt! Welcome to the program, and I don’t imagine it’s much better as an officer.


Your friends will make it bearable. One day, you will be deep in the suck, once again getting crapped on by your “leadership,” and Continue reading “The Best Kind of Navy Nukes…are dependable when it counts”

Navy Nuke: If I Could Do It All Over Again

Navy NukeI left the Navy in July 2001. I should be rich by now (and maybe even married). There are so many things I wish I would have done differently that would have put me light years ahead of the curve by the time I had been out for 5 or even 10 years. Here’s how to make the most of your time when you are in so that you will hit the ground running when you get out Continue reading “Navy Nuke: If I Could Do It All Over Again”

What Should I Study Before Nuke School?

Navy NukeThis is a common question for people entering the U.S. Navy Nuclear Program. If you are entering the Navy Nuke Program, nothing will completely prepare you for what you are about to face. When I got to Nuke school there was one day of indoc (indoctrination). Each speaker kept saying, “It’s a big machine, it will run you over.”

If I was sitting in DEP and preparing to enter the U. S. Navy and then go to the Nuclear Power Program, here is what I would do (or what I did). Continue reading “What Should I Study Before Nuke School?”

NUKISMS: Vernacular of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Program

Navy Nuke

1) Nuke Fallout: anyone who has ever failed out of the Nuke Program or been kicked out of the program aka Lucky

2) GCE: Gross Conceptual Error. You don’t know what the heck you are talking about

3) Shot Gunning: when you don’t know the correct answer so you lay down every piece of knowledge you have ever obtained. This is a great way to fail a Nuke question but a sure way to pass a test in the civilian world.

4) Easter Egging: when you can’t find the fault or problem so you just start taking random voltage readings or just start investigating random possible problems hoping to somehow stumble upon the real problem.

5) 2.5 Knowledge: aka “knows right answer when told.”  The minimum amount of knowledge Continue reading “NUKISMS: Vernacular of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Program”