A regional fiscal year 2016 Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Pinning Ceremony was held Sept. 16, at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island.
A regional fiscal year 2016 Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Pinning Ceremony was held Sept. 16, at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. The ceremony officially recognized the promotion of 17 Newport-based CPOs and included remarks from Capt. Dennis Boyer, commander, Naval Station Newport. 150916-N-PX557-030, NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 16, 2015)

Senior Enlisted Academy 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. In fact, successfully completing SEA has long been a requirement for promotion to command master chief or chief of the boat and, now, for advancement to E9.

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

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.

This part of the training culminates with a group capstone project. Students can expect to put in about 12 to 15 hours of work each week. Thus, taking college courses concurrent with attending the SEA is strongly discouraged.

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In-Residence Component - Three weeks

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.

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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.

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News, Media, & Events

Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication

Senior Enlisted Academy holds change of charge

Nov. 17, 2017
News Publication

Issues in National Security: Looking Outward to the Future

Jan. 23, 2018
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U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
Article Publication

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Program Prerequisite

Before your first day of Distance Learning you must complete an online professional military education (PME) course.

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Register for 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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