The Sea Organization, or Sea Org, is a unit of the Church of Scientology, comprising the church's most dedicated members. The church refers to it as a "religious order". As of 2009 it had around 6,000 members. The Sea Org was established on 12 August 1967 by L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer and church's founder, initially on board three ships, the Diana, the Athena, and the Apollo. In 1971 it assumed responsibility for the ecclesiastical development of the church, and in particular for the upper levels of its training, known as Operating Thetan or OT levels.
It moved to land bases in 1975, though maritime customs persist, with members wearing naval-style uniforms and addressing each other, women included, as "sir." In 1988 the church purchased a 440-foot ship, the "Freewinds," which docks in Curacao in the southern Caribbean and is used as a religious retreat and training centre, staffed entirely by Sea Org members. Sea Org members sign one-billion-year contracts with the church, in exchange for which they are given free room and board, and a small weekly allowance. They are allowed to marry, but must relinquish their membership if they have or want to raise children.
... In 1994, Feshbach joined the division of Scientology called the Sea Org, an elite unit within the organization. 3 News characterized the Sea Org as "Scientology's senior management" ... Bromley describe the Sea Org writing, "Described by the Church as 'a fraternal religious order,' members of the Sea Org 'occupy the most essential and trusted positions in the ...
... A protest was held June 14, 2008 titled "Sea Arrrgh" (a satirical reference to the Church of Scientology's Sea Org) ... National News, members of Anonymous highlighted the controversial practices of the Sea Org, including what the protesters believe to be forced contracts where Scientologists work below a livable ...
... In 1972, Christman joined the division of Scientology called the Sea Org, an elite unit within the organization. 3 News characterised the Sea Org as "Scientology's senior management" ... Bromley describe the Sea Org writing, "Described by the Church as 'a fraternal religious order,' members of the Sea Org 'occupy the most essential and ...
... writers and former members have compared the Sea Org to a paramilitary group ... David Miscavige created an elite unit within the Sea Org called the "SEALs," named after the United States Navy SEALs, who receive better lodging, sustenance, and ... Wright wrote in The New Yorker in 2011 that the Sea Org used small children drawn from Scientology families for what the article described as forced ...
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