Senior Enlisted Academy building

Senior Enlisted Academy Students

We’re here to help prepare you for arrival at Senior Enlisted Academy—and we’ll do our best to make you feel at home during your short stay on campus.

Your Stay in Newport

The in-residence phase of your Senior Enlisted Academy experience will bring you to our historic Newport campus. During your three weeks with us, you’ll not only build your leadership skills, but you’ll also become part of a close-knit community. Soon after you arrive at SEA, you’ll attend a Welcome Aboard social reception where you can can get acquainted with your classmates and staff and faculty members.

Information for In-Residence Program

You can refer to the student handbook and orientation materials for full details and requirements about your three-week stay on campus.

Visit Senior Enlisted Academy

Here’s an overview of some of the most pertinent details:


Tomich Hall is SEA’s primary academic building. Inside you’ll find various group rooms, as well as Leadership Hall, which is used for capstone presentations, briefs, and other official functions. Tomich Hall also features a small library with computers, printers, and plenty of military heritage books available for check-out. The building also features two lounges, one of which offers a small fiction library.

Physical Fitness

During your SEA residency, you’ll participate in physical fitness training (PT) about twice per week. Sessions could include CrossFit, circuit training, yoga, spin class, and team sports. To build some healthy camaraderie between SEA groups, one of your PT sessions may include a director’s cup competition.

SEA Amenities

All group classrooms in Tomich Hall are equipped with a refrigerator, water dispenser, microwave, and Keurig coffee machines (we suggest bringing your own K-cups). The SEA Store offers a variety of small items, and, of course, SEA students have access to the all of the base facilities [5.5], including the commissary, post office, barber shop, and galley.

Bring Your Own Device

We encourage SEA students to bring their own computing device to campus. Our campus is equipped with wi-fi, charging stations, and wireless printing in group learning rooms and the library.


You can make arrangements to stay at the Navy Gateway Inn & Suites or Navy Lodge. Other options include off-base lodging.

Uniform Requirements

  • Monday through Thursday - Navy working uniform or service equivalent
  • Friday and Graduation - Khakis or service equivalent
  • Physical Fitness Training - official PTU or service equivalent

Refer to the student handbook for full uniform details.

News, Media, & Events


Senior Enlisted Academy holds change of charge

Nov. 17, 2017
News Publication

Brazilian woman takes Oath of Allegiance at NWC

Nov. 15, 2017
News Publication

Navy Band Northeast Holiday Concert Series

Dec. 10, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Spruance Auditorium, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

SEA Program Information

Program Overview

U.S. Naval War College’s Senior Enlisted Academy is a part-resident, part-online program dedicated to developing adaptive, ethical leaders—and preparing them for greater responsibilities.

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This course is comprised of 7-weeks of facilitated Distance Learning (DL) followed by 3-weeks of In-Residence (IR) education in Newport, Rhode Island, to find out more please click the button below.

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Our mission at the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) is to further develop Senior Enlisted Leaders to give sound decision-support in command, staff, management, and leadership positions in Naval, Joint, and Multinational environments.

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