The Sea Organization (many times referred to as Sea Org) is a religious order in Scientology. It is made up of the most dedicated Scientologists in the world. When someone joins the Sea Org, they sign a religious commitment (often referred to as Sea Org contract) for one billion years. It’s called a commitment as it is not a legal contract, not legally enforceable.
The Sea Organization is a religious order similar to Tibetan monks. It is not legally incorporated or otherwise organized as a legal entity. Members of the Sea Org therefore are wholly responsible to the organization for which they work.
The Sea Org was started in 1967 as the Sea Project and once operated from a number of ships. It was formally started under its current name on 12 August 1967. It was started by L. Ron Hubbard to deliver the highest levels of Scientology Spiritual counseling and to supervise Church organizations around the world.
Sea Org members work extremely long hours and live communally with housing, meals, uniforms, medical and dental care provided by the Church. They don’t get paid, only a small allowance. They participate in Scientology training and auditing during a portion of each day, but otherwise dedicate themselves to furthering the objectives of Scientology through their particular functions.
There are more than 5,000 members of the Sea Org occupying staff positions in upper level Scientology church organizations around the world.
Today there is only one ship. The Flag Ship Service Organization (FSSO) is a unique church of Scientology which is located aboard the Motor Vessel Freewinds, a 440-foot ship based in the Caribbean, with the home port of Curaçao. The ship was acquired in the mid-1980s shortly before the release of the highest advanced auditing level currently available, New OT VIII.
Sea Org Contract
You can see the Sea Org “contract” on the picture. It used to be called “Sea Org Contract”, but then it was changed to “Commitment”, ans it is not a legally enforceable contract, but a commitment to serve for a billion years. When Sea Org members die (“drop the body”), they are considered to have been given a 20-year Leave of Absence and they are supposed to report back for duty.
Sea Org Symbology
Revenimus is a form of the latin word which means “We come back.”
SEA ORG SYMBOL, 1. the Sea Org symbol adopted and used as the symbol of a Galactic Confederacy far back in the history of this sector, derives much of its power and authority from that association. The laurel wreath represents victory. Used throughout the history of this planet to crown poets, artists, champions and conquerers, it not only represents the physical victory but the series of inner victories achieved by the individual, and the clarification and purification of his inner aims and purposes which lead to the outward victory. It is associated with the head, the traditional abode of the spirit. The five pointed star most commonly signifies rising up towards the point of origin; thus, it is a potent symbol of alignment to source. The laurel wreath and star, in combination, signify the victory of the spirit which is rising upward towards the point of origin or source. Its proper color is always gold. And note that the star is not trapped in its victory, but is in the open field towards the top of the wreath, allowing free exit, beyond its victory, and that is, in fact, in a field of blue, symbolizing truth. (FO 3350) [FO: Flag Order] 2. the star is the confederation and each one of those leaves is counted, it’s the number of stars. (6804SM-)[Taped lecture]
SEA ORG COAT OF ARMS, it is a very precise symbolic statement of our ideals and beliefs. The principal designs used on it are (1) the 8 dynamic cross of Scientology, (2) the Sea Org wreath and star, (3) ascending seagulls and (4) sea horse. (FO 3351)
SEAHORSE, the traditional Sea Org symbol for standard technology. Formally adopted in 1968 as the symbol of Class VIII, it is employed on documents of highest priority as the symbol of the continuous dedication of the Sea Org to the maintenance of standard tech. It expresses our highest aim, in that, by ensuring that standard tech as set down by L. Ron Hubbard is maintained, we protect the bridge for all mankind to attain to a higher spiritual state. (FO 3350)
Sea Org Uniform
Sea Org members have several different uniforms. The dress whites are only worn during special celebrations. They are also worn by the “Honor Guard”, which is the Sea Org’s special parade group that performs on special occasions like Sea Org Day (12 August) or at Sea Org recruitment events. It is supposed to upkeep the charisma of the Sea Org. Sea Org members usually practice for such demonstrations after hours, in their own time.
Another type of uniform was the “working blues”. These included a blue shirt.
These uniforms are slowly going out of fashion and Sea Org members hate them. Instead there are more business-like uniforms coming into fashion, however from the viewpoint of outsiders they still look strange and don’t blend into the environment.
Sea Org Headquarters
The Sea Org’s official headquarters are the “Int Base”. This is CSI, or Church of Scientology International, the management entity of the Sea Org and the entire Scientology. There have been several rumors about its discontinuation.
When I was in the Sea Org, what I noticed was that it was becoming more and more difficult to get any kind of an answer to telexes sent to Int.
Flag Service Organization in Clearwater, Florida is considered a technical headquarters of the Sea Org and Scientology. Even though officially it doesn’t have any power, in reality it has trained a lot of lower org technical resources and this way they have a certain authority. Also, if there is any kind of an important matter, such as someone’s SP declare, then they will force their will through no matter what.
David Miscavige Sea Org Leader
The official leader of the Sea Org Is Chairman of the (Nonexistent) Board Religious Technology Center (RTC).
Unlike regular Sea Org members who have a very tough schedule and get disciplined if they violate it, DM can wake up and go to sleep whenever he wants to.
Sea Org members respect him very much, but they are also incredibly scared of him, as one word uttered by him can result in the break of the career of a Sea Org member, being taken off post, put on heavy physical work, etc. and there is no appeal.
Additionally, while Sea Org members at Flag have a weekly food allocation of around $30/person, he can eat like a king in his own dining room.
He also has his own apartment (it used to be in Los Angeles, but apparently it is now moving to Clearwater), while Sea Org members are squeezed together in small quarters.
He is also closely guarded by his security personnel, wherever he goes, and Sea Org members get kicked out from areas he is about to go through.
For his birthday, for Sea Org Day and similar occasions Sea Org members are forced to put together money to buy him presents like a Harley Davidson motorcycle or gold cuff links.
He is treated like a God by Sea Org members and is called “COB”, while ex-Scientologists call him DM.
Sea Org Bases
There are several Sea Org Bases
Flag – Clearwater, FL
Freewinds – ship in the Caribbean
West US – Los Angeles
East US – New York
EU – Copenhagen
ANZO – Australia
AF – Africa
CAN – Canada
What Does The Sea Org Do
Sea Org members work extremely long hours for very little pay. $50-$100 per week. There were times when at certain Sea Org bases there was no pay at all.
There are two different kinds of Sea Org organizations: Service orgs that deliver training and auditing, and Management orgs that have the function to control lower organizations.
Sea Org members are entitled to 12.5 hours of study/auditing per week that many times they don’t get, or they simply don’t sleep enough. They can also be forced to do fundraising for IAS (International Association of Scientologists) or selling L. Ron Hubbard’s books and lectures.
If it is deemed that they did something incorrectly or they have insufficient production, they get strenuous punishment like only allowed to eat rice & beans, not being able to go to the canteen, not being able to go off shore on the Freewinds, physical work, forced confessions of harmful acts.
Despite the commitment and the hard work they are treated as complete out-ethics scumbags.
They have no human rights and they are supposed to follow all orders they are given without “backflash”.