Office of Leadership (CG-128)

Contact the Office of Leadership

U.S. Coast Guard | Commandant (CG-128)
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE | Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907

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Senior Enlisted Leadership Course (SELC) (501799)

About the Course

The Senior Enlisted Leadership Course (SELC) is focused on creating a pool of highly trained and motivated senior enlisted leaders better prepared for assignment to a Master Chief or Senior Chief Petty Officer billet including select high-profile assignments, such as Command Master Chief and Rating Force Master Chief.

Using the U.S. Coast Guard’s Leadership Development Framework, SELC develops critical leadership skills required of Senior Enlisted Leadership positions by addressing human resource and organizational policies, professional communications, the relationships between workforce and senior leadership, and concepts of strategy and organizational change management.


Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut
Length: 2 weeks (85 hours)


Prospective students must be in pay grade E-8 or E-9. Students must have successfully completed the CPO Academy or DoD equivalent, comply with Coast Guard or parent service as applicable weight standards with a current entry in Direct Access within the 30-day period prior to executing their orders, and must be up to date with their Physical Health Assessment (PHA).

There is a required six-week facilitated online learning portion prior to student’s arrival for the two-week resident training at the Leadership Development Center. Students are required to participate in the online portion to graduate.

Students are also required to complete the following prior to attending the course:

  • A grammar skills diagnostic exercise
  • A leadership assessment (LPI 360) survey
  • Reading assignments

Leadership Development Requirements for Enlisted Advancement FAQs

Waiver Requests

*Click here to see the SELC Business Rules (updated 9.3.20)*

Program Manager

MKCS Chris Wilson, COMDT (CG-128), phone 202-475-5511, email

For additional information (including conveying dates, prerequisites, location, and application procedures) please visit the appropriate TQC webpage. More information can also be found by visiting the Leadership Development Center's website at:

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