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You choose, but you must qualify. Talk to a recruiter. They will need you to take the ASVAB, and the NFQT. These are tests that measure your ability to learn new things, and determine if you have certain aptitude areas. I was lucky and scored high enough to qualify for Nuclear Machinist Mate, Nuclear Electrician, or Nuclear Electronics technician. I chose nuke-ET, because they are the ones that get to shim rods just like Homer Simpson biggrin.gif If you already have a degree, there's also Nuke officers, and boy do they get paid.

Alright, good to know. I've been interested in doing something like that for awhile but I've wanted to make sure I can get into a specialized field like that and not get stuck doing menial labor.
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So I decided to read the most up-to-date stories on CNN, AJ, BBC, and Fox and compare them (because I'm bored).

CNN:
The article starts with "As Japan buckles from a powerful earthquake and a devastating tsunami, residents on Sunday hoped they are spared an even more catastrophic fate: a widespread release of radiation from damaged nuclear plants.". Some powerful words used there.

Their description of a meltdown: "A meltdown is a catastrophic failure of the reactor core, with a potential for widespread radiation release."

The article does mention the quote by Yukio Edano (Chief Cabinet Secretary) in which he talks about the possibility of a meltdown already having occured inside the reactor, although they can't know for sure right now because it's inside.

AlJazeera:
They say that Yukio Edano said that a partial meltdown may have already occured.

Their description of a meltdown: "A meltdown refers to a very serious collapse of a power plant's systems and its ability to manage temperatures. A complete meltdown would release uranium and dangerous byproducts into the environment that can pose serious health risks."

The article talks a little more about how it started/what caused it to begin with (the cooling problem), the explosion and it's probably cause (hydrogen gas), and similar.

BBC:
Actually very short, almost bullet points, on what's happening with the reactors. Mentioned the possibility of a meltdown already having occurred. Mention the radiation levels being above "permissible limits". They did mention the part about part of the rods being exposed. This article actually seemed to be the most calm.

Fox:
Well first thing I noticed was the headline on the main page, "URGENT: Risk of New Blast at Japan Nuke Plant, 'Partial Meltdown' Likely". The only site to mention anything about a "new blast". The first paragraph also mentions the Japanese official's comment on the possibility of a meltdown having occurred, but then they add that "there is risk of another explosion at the plant.". None of the other articles said anything about another explosion so either Fox is downright lying with their quote, or the other 3 sites are omitting that part.

They mention that radiation limits had risen above "legal limits" but has since gone down significantly.

They do mention that the explosion was from hydrogen gas.

They even have someone come in and compare it to Chernobyl, but say that it's unlikely that this will be a "Chernobyl-style meltdown".

Honestly, the Fox News article wasn't that bad. The problem with it was that it was by far the longest and filled with a lot of material relating to the earthquake and tsunami (as opposed to the other 3 articles which had considerably less on those). If you actually read the entire article it says much of what the others do in the same way.

Overall:
BBC was fastest to read and easiest to get the main points on what's happening. AJ was probably the most well written. CNN was nothing special, but nothing bad really. Fox's article was just too long and the part that most people would read, the beginning, was a little too dramatic. All the articles eventually mentioned the same points, with Fox having something the others didn't. It was just how they were presented.
Edited by kurt1288 - 3/13/11 at 12:45am
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Alright, good to know. I've been interested in doing something like that for awhile but I've wanted to make sure I can get into a specialized field like that and not get stuck doing menial labor.
Oh there's plenty of menial and labor But honestly if you are used to working hard already, you will probably think of it as a breeze. Things unavoidable no matter what job you get in the navy are: cleaning, painting, cleaning, painting, (if you can't get it clean, try painting it), and standing those reactor plant watches gets tedious as well. But the trade-off is you will go see things that the average person never gets to see. As a West Coast Sailor I got to go to Australia, Singapore, Guam, Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and around South America. You never have to worry about job security, housing, utilities, food, or health insurance, as these are all free. Much of your gross pay is also tax-exempt. Even if you decide not to do nuclear power, there's plenty of other extremely technical jobs in the navy to choose from.
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......... I live right in its path......
Me too! Anyone know where I can get Potassium Iodide?
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Me too! Anyone know where I can get Potassium Iodide?
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Oh there's plenty of menial and labor But honestly if you are used to working hard already, you will probably think of it as a breeze. Things unavoidable no matter what job you get in the navy are: cleaning, painting, cleaning, painting, (if you can't get it clean, try painting it), and standing those reactor plant watches gets tedious as well. But the trade-off is you will go see things that the average person never gets to see. As a West Coast Sailor I got to go to Australia, Singapore, Guam, Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and around South America. You never have to worry about job security, housing, utilities, food, or health insurance, as these are all free. Much of your gross pay is also tax-exempt. Even if you decide not to do nuclear power, there's plenty of other extremely technical jobs in the navy to choose from.
Once again, good to know. I knew there would still be some menial work to be done no matter what but to have a more specialized position would be why I would want to get into it you know.
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Thousands evacuated as Japan fears nuclear meltdown is imminent following blast at plant

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/worl...#ixzz1GT8guiOr
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So now it's imminent and inevitable!?
Where's the guy with the "o noes" avatar

Or is that just a repeat of already said
140,000 were evacuated and that was much earlier today
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Thousands evacuated as Japan fears nuclear meltdown is imminent following blast at plant

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/worl...#ixzz1GT8guiOr
They are just using information we have had for over a day and sensationalizing it. They aren't talking about a new blast, they are still talking about the one from yesterday and conjecturing that because of it a melt down will occur.


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So now it's imminent and inevitable!?
Where's the guy with the "o noes" avatar

Or is that just a repeat of already said
140,000 were evacuated and that was much earlier today
They are just repeating what we already have heard, nothing new is in that article.
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