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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.See Registration & Enrollment