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Senior Enlisted Academy Curriculum

The Senior Enlisted Academy offers a single course for all students (Active Duty/FTS, SELRES, Partner Services, and International Service members). The program emphasizes communication skills, leadership and management, national security affairs, Navy programs and physical fitness.

SEA Curriculum

This course is comprised of seven-weeks of facilitated Distance Learning (DL) followed by three-weeks of In-Residence (IR) education in Newport, Rhode Island. There is one non-academic week between the two phases, making the course 11 weeks from start to finish. All students must attend the DL and IR phases consecutively; the two phases cannot be split up.

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Course Eligibility & Prerequisite

To establish a baseline for professional discussion, students must complete a Professional Military Education online course prior to registering for an Empower account.

We allow a limited number of Navy E-7s in each class, please see course prerequisite for eligibility.

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Distance Learning

During the Distance Learning (DL) phase students read, write papers, and interact with instructors and each other via the Blackboard Learning Management System. Students can expect approximately 12 to 15 hours of academic work each week during the seven-week DL phase.

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In-Residence Phase

The In-Residence (IR) phase builds on the material covered in the Distance Learning (DL) phase. For example, the outlines from the Problem Essay, Heritage Essay, and Capstone Essay are used to produce speeches during the In-Residence phase of the course.

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Program Overview

SEA provides Senior Enlisted Leaders an understanding of national security strategy, Joint Force Operations, and leadership skills.

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Enroll in a Class

SEA classes are scheduled by the Fiscal Year, and the upcoming FY Schedule generally becomes available in mid-April.

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SEA Program Outcomes

Our mission at the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) is to further develop Senior Enlisted Leaders to give sound decision-support.

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News, Media, & Events

Senior Enlisted Academy holds change of charge

Nov. 17, 2017
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Professional Military Education and the Cyber Domain Workshop

Jan. 17, 2019
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Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Ukraine Wants to Be Part of the West

Jan. 16, 2019
The National Interest
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