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Navy E Learning Portal (NeL)

Ever since the inception of the internet, learning and working from home has never been easier.

When I was in college in the early 2,000’s, distance learning was sort of in it’s infancy stage.

The internet has changed pretty dramatically since then, and learning from home or work as never been easier.

The US Navy has their own distance learning online education system, known as Navy E Learning.

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This portal is designed to allow enlisted and officer sailors the ability to keep up with required coursework, at their own leisure.

What Is Navy E Learning?

Also known as NeL, Navy E Learning is the US Navy computer based distance learning portal that allows sailors to continue their professional education right from the comfort of their own home (or ship).

There are over 12,000 courses in the Navy E Learning program, including things like:

  • Active shooter training
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Emergency actions, like shelter in place, mass notification, and noncombatant evacuation operations
  • Man made protests
  • Making a family emergency plan
  • Chemical emergencies

Just to name a few.

Courses are assigned to all individuals in the Navy, and in many cases are required for rank promotion and maintenance.

How do I access Navy E Learning courses?

To see a full list of available NeL courses, follow the below steps to login and start courses:

  • Begin by entering Navy e-Learning (NEL) at
  • Click on “Course Catalog” tab.
  • Under Learning Category, select “CNIC, Commander, Navy Installations Command.”
  • A list of courses will populate the screen.
  • Enter the course number, CNIC-RNEP-0001, in the number field, then select the “Apply Filters” button to perform the search.
  • Click “Enroll” next to the course name.
  • Click “Continue” when asked “Would you like to add this course.”
  • Click the “My Learning” tab at the top left.
  • Launch Course.

If the link above does not work, you can also access Navy E Learning by visiting the following url:

Simply select the “professional resources” tab at the drop down menu, and then click “Navy E-Learning online courses”.

What is a Common Access Card?

In order to access the Navy E Learning portal, you will need a Common Access Card, or CAC.

A CAC is essentially your military ID, and will be issued to you on your very first day of boot camp.

CAC’s are also provided to immediate family in some cases, and is used for everything in the Navy.

If for some reason you lost your common access card, visit your local security office or CAC sponsor.

Common Issues

Should you run into any problems accessing the Navy E Learning system, call the  following help desk phone number: 1-866-438-2898

Alternatively, if the matter is not urgent you can email them at the following email address:

They should be able to answer any questions you may have, and let you know if the NeL system is down for some reason.

Navy E Learning Portal (NeL)
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Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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