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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.

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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. Once an SEA Schedule is published via our website, all classes are open for enrollment under the Targeted Enrollment process discussed below.

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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.

SEA Student HandbookSEA Student Schedule

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


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Physical Fitness

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SEA Amenities

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Bring Your Own Device

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Uniform Requirements

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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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News, Media, & Events

Senior Enlisted Academy holds change of charge

Nov. 17, 2017
News Publication

Lectures of Opportunity: "Afghanistan: Remembering the Long, Long War We Would Rather Forget"

Mar. 22, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Conolly Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

What World War I Tells Us About a China-Japan War Today

Nov. 24, 2018
The National Interest
Article Publication