Cheating Scandal at Naval Nuclear Power School
(Washington, D.C.) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert has pledged to take quick action to investigate and correct an alleged cheating scandal among US Naval Nuclear Program Operators.
About 30 of 150 watch-standers at the Navy’s Charleston Nuclear Power Training Unit in South Carolina are being investigated for alleged cheating on a written qualification exam, the chief of naval operations said today.[…]The alleged cheating involved written qualification exams for one watch station. Presumably, someone got hold of an answer sheet and passed it around.
The propulsion exam allegedly was shared among some senior enlisted operators of nuclear power plants. Both Greenert and Navy Adm. John M. Richardson, the director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, stressed that this incident does not touch on nuclear weapons.
“To say that I’m disappointed would be an understatement,” Greenert, the Navy’s top officer, said. “Whenever I hear about integrity issues, it’s disruptive to our units’ success and it’s definitely contrary to all of our core values -- our Navy core values. And it affects the very basis of our ethos.”