The main quality setting Sea Org members apart from other Scientology staff is their eternal commitment to the religion. Sea Org members sign a billion-year covenant, a pledge which has an intensely personal and deeply religious significance to a Scientologist. Sea Org members also share a unique tradition and lifestyle. They live communally in church-provided housing and eat in common dining halls. They receive only modest compensation for their work. But material remuneration is of little importance to members of the Sea Org. They view the privilege of serving their religion at the highest and most dedicated levels as the greatest reward they can ever receive.
Sea Org members are held in high esteem by all Scientologists who recognize the important role they play in the religion.