kzt wrote:You really think that a planet with 8 billion people can't scrape up 10,000 trained spacers, of whom about about 1000 need to understand by the time the ship is in service the basics of how to maintain and operate military grade hyperdrives.
Do you think that if I offered you a million dollars and a year you could recruit 50 people qualified to be a ship reactor operator from just the 330 million people in the US if I was paying $150,000/year to them?
And people in the US do things like grow old and die. Nobody on a core world does that. Most everyone who served in the SLN over the last hundred years is still alive and healthy. There are something like 20 million people in the SLN at any given moment, which means likely over 150 million vets.
And if you already understand how to operate and maintain a hyperdrive you can probably be taught how to manage a more complex version given a year of training. Since the entire US navy nuclear power training program from street to graduation is on the order of 18 months a year of retraining seems pretty viable.
So yeah, I think this is totally doable.
A question how much of a SLN ships crew is trained for engineering tasks need to maintain and run the system needed for FTL travel?
The biggest resource the SL lacks is time. It would take time to get in touch with SLN veterans that have the needed skills.