When James Walters joined the Navy in June of 2007, he wasn't sure what job he would be doing, but he thought nuclear power "sounded pretty cool."

He would soon learn nuclear power not only sounds cool, but it is one of the most rewarding and essential job programs in the Navy.

Armed with an intense drive to be successful and the desire to be part of something great, the former National Honor Society scholar was excited to enter the Navy's Nuclear Power Program.
The Navy needed intelligent, motivated recruits to work in nuclear power and he fit the bill.

"I actually joined the Navy thinking that I was going to be working with nuclear weapons," said Walters. "After I realized that I would actually be working with nuclear power plants, I was very excited."

Walter's excitement was rooted in the fact the U.S. Navy boasts the most formidable fleet of submarines and aircraft carriers in the world. With highly-advanced technology and the ability to make U.S. military presence known across the globe, these submarines and aircraft carriers are mightily impressive. Without nuclear power, the means by which they are able to operate on a consistent basis, this show of dominance would be impossible to sustain.

The Navy relies on Sailors like Walters to keep its submarines and aircraft carriers in the fight. His job as an electrician, maintaining the control subsystems in nuclear reactors, gave him the opportunity to be part of something significant. Through the Navy Nuclear Power Program, Walters gained a high level of job satisfaction, a signing bonus that helped ensure his financial stability, and valuable job training that could lead to a six-figure salaried civilian job, once he separates from the Navy.

The Navy Nuclear Power Program is just as important now as it was when Walters joined the Navy in 2007. To maintain the high standards of the program, the Navy is still in need of intelligent and motivated recruits to fill its ranks.

Today, as a recruiter, Petty Officer 1st Class James Walters is putting his experience and knowledge of nuclear power to good use by helping the Navy enlist the most qualified recruits into the Nuclear Power Program. His ultimate goal is to make sure high-achieving young men and women joining the Navy have the same opportunities he had.

"I know that signing up to work in nuclear power is one solid decision that they (Navy recruits) can make to ensure success for the next six years of their life, and even beyond the military," Walters said. "Fighting to get the best people into the Navy's Nuclear Power Program is what gives me a passion for recruiting and it keeps the Navy's Nuclear Power Program strong."

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Updated March 1, 2017 (kbh)