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Training and Education

8 Things You Need to Know About the Senior Enlisted Academy

SEA will soon be a requirement before SCPOs can promote further

1. The Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) is expanding its delivery format to afford every Navy senior chief petty officer (SCPO) (E-8) the opportunity to attend the SEA prior to selection to master chief petty officer.

2. Starting in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (October 2016), all newly selected senior chief petty officers will be required to complete the SEA in Newport, RI, or attend either the United States Air Force Senior Enlisted Academy, United States Marine Corps Senior Enlisted Academy, Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Academy, or the Joint Special Warfare Academy in order to be eligible for advancement to MCPO.

3. To meet the increased resident demand without compromising content, the SEA will modify its delivery format to nine weeks of distance learning online, prior to three weeks of resident education in Newport.

4. Reserve Sailors will continue to attend the present SEA blended course format (six weeks of distance learning followed by two weeks of rigorous in resident education.)

5. Those Sailors who have already earned the rank of senior chief or are selected prior to the FY 2017 board will be grandfathered under the old policy and will not be required to attend the SEA.

6. As a prerequisite to attending the SEA, students must have completed the required 70 hours of online Primary Professional Military Education via Navy Knowledge Online. It is mandatory that this work be completed prior to arrival at the SEA.

7. Any student arriving to the SEA out of height/weight standards will be disenrolled and required to wait 12 months prior to re-enrollment in the course. Any student who fails the course due to his/her academic performance will also have to wait 12 months to re-enroll in the course.

8. For additional information, refer to the SEA website. The Senior Enlisted Academy*s points of contact are CMDCM Jason Wallis, Director, at (401) 841-2912, CMDCM Sidney Dawson, Deputy Director, at (401) 841-4270, and PSCM Danielle Gunsett, Course Director, at (401) 841-4946.