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Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) – At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least 7 years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than was known when the Navy announced in February that it had discovered cheating on qualification exams by an estimated 20 to 30 sailors seeking to be certified as instructors at the nuclear training unit at Charleston, South Carolina. Students there are trained in nuclear reactor operations to prepare for service on any of the Navy's 83 nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers.

Neither the instructors nor the students are involved in handling nuclear weapons.

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