I remember distinctly being stuck editing in a public affairs detachment’s CHU-based office space on Camp Victory in early 2009, a terrible trailer jammed with body funk, bad posters, and a decrepit dartboard, when one of the soldiers — a newly minted E-4, already calculating his future separation pay — started muttering about the war in Iraq, our war, and how to beat the terrorists and insurgents. “Just bomb them all, man,” he said. “Turn it to glass. Then send the armored cav through like lightning. We’re Americans. Let’s do this American-style.”
During World War II, Bob Bolton was an Army medic serving in Okinawa and the Philippines, where he patched up wounds and earned a Bronze Star for valor after digging men out of collapsed trenches with his bare his hands following a Japanese attack.
There have been myriad articles written about what veterans bring to the workforce, such as leadership experience, teamwork, mission focus, blah blah blah. While those topics are all important, they’re not exactly new. Not to put any of them down but if you are competing for a job with three other veterans and you all share the same aforementioned qualities, then how do you stick out?
The U.S. Navy powers many of its aircraft carriers as well as a large portion of its submarine fleet using high-technology nuclear reactors. Navy nuclear power specialists are found in both the enlisted and commissioned officer communities and they’re some of the most thoroughly trained personnel in the sea service. As of 2014, there are 62 U.S. nuclear power plants in 35 states with 100 nuclear reactors among them. Nuclear power plant operators are also continuously on the lookout for trained Navy nuclear power specialists and engineers.