“Engineered for success”

A friend sent me a wonderful recruitment CD/ROM for the US Navy ‘Nuclear Propulsion Officer Program’. Unsurprisingly, it contains many short little feel-good movie clips. (The one about travel goes to great lengths to not mention some of the most favourite U.S. military travel destinations of late). This is some text from the accompanying booklet:

Get a glimpse into the world of engineering’s elite. See why the Nuclear Propulsion Officer program is the number-one program for training the world’s most accomplished engineers. Due to the fact that nuclear power systems takes [sic] a knowledge of all the other engineering disciplines, Navy nuclear engineers are considered the best of the best.

Navy Nuclear Officers receive world-class advanced training in:

  • chemistry
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • thermodynamics
  • electrical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • shielding and radiological fundamentals
  • reactor plant systems
  • materials

The program prepares you to maintain and operate the sophisticated nuclear propulsion plants, modern weapons and sensor systems on board nuclear powered ships – to supervise and lead highly trained junior officers and elisted sailors to operate them – all in about 18 months. Many Nuclear Officers find themselves in charge of a 90,000-ton, $2 billion platform while they’re still in their early 20’s, much more responability than they would find in the private sector. […]

If you’re gonna blow stuff up, why take flying classes? Just 18 months of ‘world-class advanced training’, and they’ll let you drive something with a reactor.

Gee, I wonder what this button does…