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When Admiral Hyman G. Rickover (then a captain) started his program to create nuclear powered submarines, Carter wanted to join the program and was interviewed by Rickover. On 1 June 1952, Carter was promoted to Lieutenant. Selected by Rickover, Carter was detached on 16 October 1952 from K-1 for duty with the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, Division of Reactor Development in Schenectady, New York. From 3 November 1952 to 1 March 1953, he served on temporary duty with the Naval Reactors Branch, U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, Washington, DC to assist "in the design and development of nuclear propulsion plants for naval vessels."
From 1 March to 8 October, Carter was preparing to become the engineering officer for the nuclear power plant to be placed in USS Seawolf (SSN 575), one of the first submarines to operate on atomic power. He assisted in setting up training for the enlisted men who would serve on Seawolf.
Originally posted by VictorVonDoom
I was in the Navy when he was elected President. I didn't care much for him then. It seems most of my comrades-in-arms didn't either, and I think it was just a reflection of the way most officers felt.
But I will give him credit for one thing. He pushed through an 11% across the board pay raise for all service members, e-1 and up. Nobody has done that before or since. Every president pays lip service to supporting the troops, but he put the money where his mouth was. For every other president, supporting the troops means sending them off to some god-forsaken part of the world to fight for who knows what, and then forgetting about them when they come home with physical or mental wounds.