Gen. David L. Goldfein, chief of staff of the Air Force, addresses students, staff, faculty and guests from U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and the Senior Enlisted Academy in NWC’s Spruance Auditorium.
Gen. David L. Goldfein, chief of staff of the Air Force, addresses students, staff, faculty and guests from U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and the Senior Enlisted Academy in NWC’s Spruance Auditorium. During his address, Goldfein talked about the importance of education to national security and individual careers. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer Jess Lewis/Released)

Eligibility, Registration and Enrollment

The first step to get into the Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) is to complete the online PME prerequisite. Next, students should verify (E-7s must establish) eligibility and register for an Empower account. Registration applications will be rejected for students who have not completed their PME prerequisite. Finally, once registration is complete (typically within two business days), students can enroll in a particular SEA class that has open seats. Note that a CAC is required to enroll in a class. SEA classes follow the Fiscal Year (FY) schedule, with the upcoming FY class schedule becoming available in mid-April.


The SEA course is for E-8/E-9s. Thus, Pay Grades E-8/E-9 of any Service, including our International Service partners, are fully eligible (to include ‘frocked’ E-8s). Army, Air Force, Marine, and Coast Guard personnel should refer to their respective Service’s procedures for funding to attend at the Navy SEA.

The SEA allows a limited number of Navy E-7s in each class. See pull-down below.

E-7 Eligibility Requirements (Mandatory)

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All eligible applicants who have completed their PME prerequisite can register for an Empower account.

Step 1: Register for an Empower Account (Click to Expand)

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Empower Account Setup before April 15, 2016

If your Empower Account was set up prior to April 15, 2016 then you must update your Empower account before your CAC login will work.

To update your existing Empower account, contact the Naval War College help desk at (401) 841-4900 or Request your Empower account to be updated with your DoD ID Number. Look just above the barcode on the backside of your CAC.

Note: It may take up to 24 hours for the update to take effect. Once updated, you will be able to log into Empower with your CAC and enroll in a class with open seats.


Once you receive the email stating your Empower account has been established, you can enroll in any SEA class with open seats. Your Empower username will also be your Blackboard username, so keep it handy.

The SEA uses two enrollment methods to fill its classes, targeted enrollment and open enrollment. Initially there are limited quotas for various types of students (e.g., Navy TAD E-8/E-9, Navy PCS E-8/E-9, Partner Services, Navy E-7s with CO’s Endorsement Letter on file at SEA, and Navy SELRES-AT/ADT just to name a few). The purpose of targeted enrollment is to ensure diversity within each class. However, in practice not all quotas are filled. All unused quotas are made available during open enrollment.

E-7 ALERT: As of May 2018, all "targeted enrollment" quotas for E-7s have been filled in all SEA classes. If you are an E-7, your only hope to get into a class is via its Open Enrollment period.

Step 2: Enroll in a Class (CAC Required)

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NEW: FY-19 Class Schedule

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Open Enrollment

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If you have any questions, please contact us directly:

Department Phone Email
SEA Registration (401) 841-4221
SEA Course Director (401) 841-4944
SEA Student Travel Coordinator (401) 841-4469

More SEA Information

Program Overview

SEA provides Senior Enlisted Leaders an understanding of national security strategy, Joint Force Operations, and leadership skills.

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SEA Program Curriculum

The Senior Enlisted Academy offers a single course for all students (Active Duty/FTS, SELRES, Partner Services, and International Service members).

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SEA Prerequisites

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

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