Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A senior enlisted sailor blew the whistle on exam cheating at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) prompting an investigation and the removal of implicated staff or instructors of the school.
The cheating involved the sharing of answers to a written exam on nuclear propulsion to NNPTC staffs, who train other sailors to operate nuclear reactors powering Navy submarines, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, said in a press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday.
The exam need to be passed so the examinees can qualify to instruct students on the training reactors at the school.
The announcement followed Monday’s revelation by a whistleblower that he was invited by one of the cheaters to participate in the cheating.
Greenert vowed to punish the cheaters by removing them from their posts and from the service.
Those removed on suspicion of involvement in the cheating were not identified. A source said 30 engineering watch supervisors have been removed.
All other NNPTC staff with access to the training reactors are being retested.
Meanwhile, Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, assured that nuclear reactors in the naval fleets are being operated safely as there are other testing to pass evaluation and qualify to operate the reactors.