Skip to comments.Sailors allegedly cheated on nuclear reactor tests
Posted on 02/04/2014 6:26:18 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
Senior enlisted sailors allegedly cheated on tests administered to personnel who train other sailors to safely operate nuclear reactors that power Navy submarines, Navy officials said Tuesday.
Answers to a written qualification propulsion exam were allegedly shared among some sailors at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command near Charleston, S.C., Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, told reporters at the Pentagon.
The alleged cheaters were members of the schools staff who were required to pass the exam in order to qualify to instruct students on the training reactors. None of the students at the school appear to have been involved, Adm. John Richardson, the director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, told reporters.
The allegations came to light Monday when a senior enlisted sailor at the school was approached by at least one servicemember involved in the cheating.
One of our sailors from the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, S.C., was offered to compromise his integrity, recognized that this was wrong, and reported it to the command. Richardson said.
To say that Im disappointed would be an understatement. Whenever I hear about integrity issues, its disruptive to our units success and its definitely contrary to all of our core values, Greenert said.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Training Command are investigating. The tests and the operation of the reactors involve access to classified material, Richardson said.
I assure you if these allegations are substantiated we will hold the appropriate people accountable, Greenert said. We will remain vigilant throughout the program.
Richardson said punishment would be meted out on a case-by-case basis, but such behavior would likely result in removal from the program and possibly removal from the Navy.
The training reactors were shut down for routine maintenance when the allegations came to light. All personnel implicated so far have been removed from the site and their access has been revoked. As a precaution, all other personnel at the school are being retested to validate their knowledge and extra supervision has been assigned to the operating teams. Richardson will not authorize re-operation of the reactors until he is satisfied that appropriate corrective actions have been taken, he told reporters.
Richard would not say precisely how many sailors have been sidelined while the investigation is ongoing, but a Navy official told Stars and Stripes that about 30 engineering watch supervisors have been removed.
Richardson said the investigation has just begun and its too soon to tell how many were involved, but he believes that the number will be less than 160 or 1 percent of the 16,000 personnel in the Navy nuclear propulsion program. Richardson did not say how he arrived at that number.
The alleged cheating was centered on propulsion reactors and is not related to nuclear weapons, Richardson said.
A team from Richardsons headquarters is in Charleston now and will assess the command climate to determine if there are broader problems at the school.
Despite the alleged cheating, Richardson is confident that Naval reactors throughout the fleet are being operated safely because sailors have to pass many layers of testing to pass their evaluations and qualify to operate the reactors.
The last comparable Navy cheating incident occurred in 2010 when the discovery of a cheating ring aboard the USS Memphis submarine led to the firing of the ships commanding officer and the ouster of 10 percent of its crew.
Active Duty ping.
Sounds like this one is justified.
THIS IS DISARMAMENT PREP WORK:
GayMuzzies thesis at Columbia centered on the question of nuclear disarmament. He also wrote a well-known article on the topic in a newspaper at Columbia.
His key scheme Obamacare will utterly fail, and he sees a risk he will have no legacy that is in any way positive.
So he’s going to use his pen and phone to unilaterally DO AWAY with US nukes —maybe a year or so before leaving office.
HE IS LAYING THE GROUNDWORK.
“Never let a crisis go to waste”
His M.O. should be obvious to all by now.
What an amazing coincidence. Yes, the purge continues.
We can’t simply say there is NO legitimate scandal here, but HE WILL USE THIS, just as will use the Air Force Missileer scandal.
He’s going to disarm the unfair, imperialist USA, making things more fair.
Agreed. I don’t but into the conspiracy theory explanation. This is a results of the degradation of our military, from repeal of DADT on down. And I suspect we are going to have to have a major malfunction before anyone has the guts to step up and say so.
This is when I say I am not at all surprised. When there are cheaters in your chain of command, bad things happen. Lack of integrity will show itself in other ways.
No purge...just rot in the military.
The ‘gouge’ taken too far.
Bkmk for later comment after work.
There are some places where the gouge isn’t allowed, but I have never been in one of those places where they didn’t make that absolutely clear.
Nothing wrong with gouge in the general sense, actual answers are a different deal. Back in the old days where tests came off a typewriter answers over the course of time became available. Once word processing became more widely used you were better served by more general gouge.
BTW, this is the first time in a long while that I’ve been able to discuss gouge, thanks, a lot of good memories.
The joke on the air side was “We can’t take this test. You haven’t given us the answers yet.”
Never heard that one, but flight school was where gouge was King.
I’m a gunsmith and often use a gouge. Every time I pick one up I smile remembering the other meaning. My Father was a Mustang so I understood the term before I got to “A” school where it became an integral part of our lives. Some got the gouge and some did not.
There was some point after 1990 in the Air Force....where tests in general...went through some evolution. I noted this, and the general expectations that came with the new tougher testing material. At the time, I thought this would only beg for more required study time which the AF would have allocate, or more cheating efforts. Well....I believe we know what came.