The Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program allows college students in technical majors to get paid while completing their degree. After graduation, the collegiate will attend Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and get a commission as an Ensign in the US Navy. From there you will attend the Nuclear Training Pipeline and become either a Submarine Officer, Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer, Nuke School Instructor, or Naval Reactors Engineer.
While you complete your degree, your job is to focus on getting good grades, staying in good physical condition, and graduating on time. You will be paid E-6 base pay and housing allowance, which varies by location, but is usually $4,500 a month or higher. Unlike NROTC, this money is paid directly to you like a salary. You choose how to spend it between tuition, books, housing, and student loans. You may even have extra to pay for other expenses such as a car or recreation. If you are able to get a referral selected, you can get promoted to E-7.
Below are some of the program requirements.
-19-29 years old
-Full time College Student
-Within 2.5 years of graduating from college (can start application after Freshmen year)
-3.0 overall minimum GPA
-C or better in all technical courses
-2 Semesters of Calculus and 2 Semesters of Physics