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Senior Enlisted Academy

The Navy values educated leaders. The Senior Enlisted Academy, better known as SEA, prepares active and reserve personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as from our international service partners, for increased leadership and career advancement.

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Senior Enlisted Academy Program


Each SEA class consists of up to 144 active duty and reserve component Navy, as well as U.S. and international partner services. During the 10-week program, students gain a deeper understanding of our national security strategy, joint force operations, risk mitigation, ethics, decision-making, effective communications and how to build better relationships.

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Initially, each class is divided into nine smaller groups. The first seven weeks of the SEA is instructor-led distance learning via the internet using the Naval War College's learning management system. This arrangement allows students to fulfill many of the course requirements with minimal overall travel, while still interacting with instructors and classmates.

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Traveling to Newport, Rhode Island, students come together for three intensive weeks to complete their education. Meeting face-to-face for the first time, students build on the work they completed earlier in distance learning. The course culminates with a formal graduation ceremony and diploma.

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