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. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)

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

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In-Residence Component - Three weeks

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Affording SEA

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

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NAVY PCS students

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Partner Service students

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International Partner students

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SELRES students

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If you have any questions, please contact us directly:

Department Phone Email
SEA Registration (401) 841-4221 Registration.sea@usnwc.edu
SEA Course Director (401) 841-4944 CourseDirector.sea@usnwc.edu
SEA Student Travel Coordinator (401) 841-4469 seadtscoordinator@usnwc.edu

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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Program Prerequisite

Before registering for an Empower account, you must complete an online professional military education (PME) course.

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Find 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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