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About POLA

Dates: Planned Events:

1. March 27 - March 31 Time Per Day: 0800 - 1800 (pacific time)

2. April 17 - April 21 Time Per Day: 0800 - 1800 (eastern time)

There will be no charge for this training. However, you must buy It's Your Ship Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by Michael Abrashoff. See the "Required Items" page to find a link to the book.

Petty Officer Leadership Academy (“POLA”) is designed for Sea Cadet E-3s and E-4s who are rising leaders within the USNSCC. This training is academically intense, requires regular participation in lectures and small group discussions, requires nearly 100 pages of reading per night, and is both reflective and theory-based.

Leadership can be taught ... and we teach it! Our training has come to be known as a national model in training new Sea Cadet Petty Officers. Cadets who attend have a rare opportunity to learn from the leaders from all branches of the US Military. Your training will be rigorous, academically intensive, and fast-paced - be prepared!

Students unfortunately will not meet in person due to COVID-19. Despite being virtual, Cadets will be treated like military leaders will have the opportunity to lead a division of cadets and test his/her leadership skills first-hand during the training. Following training, students will receive a comprehensive written evaluation that will provide individualized feedback on strengths and areas for improvement.

While we hope all our students will graduate this course, we do not lower our standards to ensure that everyone passes. Typically, 5-10% of our students fail the course, and they tend to be the youngest. It is therefore recommended that students be at least 15 years old or a mature 14 year old. No cadet may attend POLA as their first training after Recruit Training.