The Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) 8-week Reserve Component Course is designed to educate senior enlisted reservists in the areas of professional writing, communication skills, public speaking, leadership, organizational behavior, team building, physical conditioning, and brilliant on the basics. While in-residence, students will attend lectures on topics including national security, regional studies, and critical thinking.
This Course is for US Navy SELRES paygrades E7 - E9. Those selected for FTS COB/CSC/CMC are not eligible.
Course Framework and Objectives.
The unique educational experience of the SEA Reservists course develops stronger leaders by preparing them to fulfill their expanded and ever widening roles in the areas of leadership and management responsibilities.
The level of effort for this course is approximately 8-10 hours per week. This includes the time spent doing the assigned readings, viewing videos, participating in discussion boards, and conducting research and writing of papers.
The course is set in a Blackboard environment for 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week in-resident requirement. (Note: there is one non-academic week of Admin/Travel between the Distance Learning and In-Residence phases, making the course 9-weeks from start to finish.) The design of the class allows for a free exchange of ideas, sharing of experiences, reasoning in problem solving and fostering self-confidence and team building. During your time in this course you will be required to do extensive reading, writing (in APA format), self-study, and public speaking.
We use facilitated seminars as the primary method of curriculum delivery. However, stage lectures featuring subject matter experts from the Naval War College, Naval Justice School, Naval Personnel Command, local colleges and universities enhance various blocks of instruction.
SEA Reservists Course Registration
ALL NAVY SELRES who want to register for the SEA Reservists Course must contact RESFOR regarding registration information.
For enrollment in the Reservists Course service members contact the appropriate Quota Control: NPC PERS 40 at 901-874-3555 (FTS only) or Reserve Force Master Chief Office at 703-695-3975/3976 (SELRES only). Provide the following information:
- Name / Rank
- Mil & Civilian address
- Phone / Email Address
- Command CMDCM Phone & Email
Upon enrollment, the SEA Reservists Course Manager will notify you of your enrollment, On-line start date, and your residence convening date. If you are not contacted, please email the SEA Reservists Course Administrator or call (401) 841-4229 before the Blackboard commencement date for access to the course requirements and discussion board.
Personnel reporting to the Academy must meet minimum U.S. Navy Physical Readiness Program standards as described in OPNAVINST 6110.1 (series). Additionally, students must complete online Primary PME prior to enrollment. See "SEA Mandatory Prerequisite" link for more information.
a. Student Responsibilities.
The SEA student is expected to fully prepare for each course lesson and read all required assignments. Learning requires participation and interaction within the discussion boards, resident group rooms and the class as a whole. The emphasis of the SEA learning environment stems the experiences of the other students, as well as the facilitated lessons.
The workload at the SEA is aggressive and challenging for most students. The student will be required to balance their workload between written assignments, oral presentations, physical conditioning, reading assignments, and preparation for exams.
c. Discussion Board.
Students are required to participate in the weekly discussion board. This is a learning environment and professional standards are expected. Students will refrain from personal attacks on classmates and profanity will not be tolerated. Each week questions related to that week’s theme will be posted for discussion. Two questions will be selected and the students will be required to answer them and to interact with each other by commenting on their respective answers.
It is IMPORTANT to participate every week in the discussion. Interaction with your fellow classmates and the sharing of ideas and opinions are an integral part of the learning process. Students who fall behind on course work including discussion boards and writing assignments may be disenrolled.
d. Required Reading.
1) Online readings. The instructor will provide the required reading for each week
2) In-Resident phase. The following publications will be provide for the students at
the SEA, readings.
- Management of Organizational Behavior, Leading Human Resources, by Hersey, Blanchard, and Johnson.
- Communicating for Results, by Cheryl Hamilton.
- The Team Handbook, by Peter Scholtes.
- Mining Group Gold, How to Cash in On the Collaborative Brain Power of A
Group, by Thomas A. Kayser.
- Guide to Naval Writing, by Naval Institute Press.
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by the American Psychological Association.
e. In-Residence Phase.
This is the final capstone of the course allowing completion of required speaking exercises, continued coursework, and final examination. See the "SEA In-Residence Info" link on the SEA Home Page for more information.
To return to the SEA Home Page, click on the "Senior Enlisted Academy" link at the top of this page.