Advancing your career at SEA
SEA’s academic programming provides senior enlisted personnel with a solid understanding of national security strategy, joint force operations, and leadership skills. Coursework focuses on communications, management, ethics, and mission accomplishment in a global environment.
The SEA program lasts 11 weeks, including a three-week residency in Newport, Rhode Island, a one week nonacademic period between phases, and seven weeks of facilitated distance learning before arriving on campus.
Distance Learning Component - Seven weeks Click to Open
During the distance learning phase, you’ll read, write papers, participate in activities, explore case studies, and interact with classmates and faculty members via our online learning system. Topics of focus include critical thinking, national security, commander’s intent, and threat. Learn more
In-Residence Component - Three weeks Click to Open
The in-residence portion of your SEA experience builds upon what you’ve learned through distance learning. While on campus, you’ll attend seminars, hear from guest speakers, participate in group activities, work on physical conditioning, and, sometimes, take field trips.
Specific lessons include topics such as group dynamics, feedback skills, counseling and mentoring, and impromptu speaking. Learn more
There are four categories of students attending the NAVY SEA. Which category you are in determines who actually pays for your travel. Typically, 80% or more of our students fall into the first category--NAVY TAD.
NAVY TAD (Active Duty and FTS) students Click to Open
For U.S. NAVY Active Duty and FTS students attending in a TAD status, the SEA is your funding source. We pay for you to travel to-and-from your Homeport to the SEA. You MUST have an active Defense Travel System (DTS) account, and you MUST have an active, non-expired Government Credit Card to attend. Travel information will be available in Blackboard (Bb) once the course starts so you can complete your DTS Authorization (aka Travel Orders) and Voucher (aka Travel Claim).
NAVY PCS students Click to Open
For NAVY PCS students, the detailer pays for your Travel. You simply show up per your PCS orders. The SEA does not have any role in generating your orders or your funding.
Partner Service students Click to Open
For Partner Service students, your individual Service picks up the Travel tab. The SEA does not have any role in generating your orders or your funding.
International Partner students Click to Open
For International Partner students, your individual country Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) coordinates funding. The SEA does not have any role in generating your orders or your funding.
SELRES students Click to Open
Finally, for SELRES students, the SEA does not have any role in generating your orders or funding. Use AT or ADT for your primary funding source from your command. You may use back-to-back orders using both funding types. Check with your OSO to verify. You MUST have approved orders prior to starting Bb, per COMNAVRESFORNOTE 1001.
For SELRES students newly selected to SCPO or who are selected to attend CMC/COB school, ADT-Schools will be authorized by COMNAVRESFORCOM N7.
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Eligibility, Enrollment, and Registration
The SEA uses two enrollment methods to fill its classes, targeted enrollment and open enrollment. SEA classes are scheduled by the Fiscal Year, and the upcoming FY Schedule generally becomes available in mid-April. For more information please visit our Registration & Enrollment page.See Registration & Enrollment