Senior Leadership Academy 2019

We are pleased to ANNOUNCE THE 30 cadets who have been selected to attend the USNSCC’s inaugural Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) to be held from April 14 - 20 in Arlington, Virginia.

“The thirty Sea Cadets selected to attend SLA 2019 are the most elite cadet group in the country. Between them, they have attended 177 advanced trainings and served as staff cadets at 70 trainings. Now, it’s time for them to join their distinguished peers from around the country to spend a week sharpening their leadership skills and expanding their perspectives. We are excited to welcome these esteemed Sea Cadets at National Headquarters in April.”
— CAPT Paul Zambernardi, USN (Ret), Executive Director
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This is an exciting new era for chief petty officers in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. For the history of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, working to attain the rate of chief petty officer was the ultimate pinnacle in a cadet’s career. Happily, there is now more to strive for and achieve.”
— CPO Matthew Lewis, SLA 2019

About SLA 2019

the Application Process

The rigorous application process required a 750-word essay regarding leadership, exceptional academic credentials, substantial community service, two letters of recommendation, and demonstrated leadership abilities. Applications were scored based on a rubric used by the North Carolina State University’s Shelton Leadership School.

This week-long immersion in Leadership and Ethics will be an exciting journey of self- discovery, discussion, and debate with U.S. Naval Officers and Senior Enlisted personnel. Cadets will visit hallowed ground, walk historic sites, tour The Yard at the U.S. Naval Academy, be privy to behind-the-scenes politics and engage with historians, authors, and explorers. Cadets will experience the tradition of the Chief’s Mess and land the Space Shuttle Discovery with the shuttle’s former pilot and commander in the simulator with them. They will practice their leadership skills, learn new skills, and expand their networks. They will consider other perspectives throughout history, question what we know - and how we know it. Cadets will meet with those shadowy figures who discreetly stand watch guarding our national security. They will enjoy the camaraderie of their shipmates, attend a Major League Baseball game, and match their wits and skills in an escape room. Cadets will maintain their physical fitness with pride runs to pay their respects to those who have given their last full measure of devotion to keep us all safe and free. Finally, they will graduate with a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. in front of family, friends, and dignitaries.