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Training and Education

Senior Enlisted Academy

Active and Reserve Duty Sailors now attend the same class

The Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) provides senior enlisted leaders education in communication skills, leadership and management, national security affairs, Navy programs, and physical fitness.


The SEA is the Navy's only Professional Military Education (PME) institute for our senior enlisted force. With a capacity of supporting over 1,200 students annually, the SEA is attended by active and reserve personnel from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps, as well as International Service partners.

The SEA has been successful in preparing senior enlisted leaders for positions of greater responsibilities since 1981. As a result of that success, graduation from the SEA has long been a requirement before assuming the position of Command Master Chief or Chief of the Boat. Additionally, for E8s selected in MAR 2016 (i.e., the selection boards for FY17) and beyond, graduation from a Service SEA will be a prerequisite for promotion to E9.

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

Click the link below on how to attend the course.

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