First 30 days - Plus


The First 30 Days lays out what you need to know to navigate arrival, in-processing, orientation, readiness AND enjoyment for your initial weeks: everything to expect from the front gate vehicle checks to your children's school and your first academic class.

Report to Carlisle Barracks no earlier than July 18, no later than July 27, 2016.

This site reviews the range of activities for USAWC students and family members from that period through the first 4 weeks of USAWC classes: a smorgasbord of informational, educational, social activities.

Arrival

Welcome to historic Carlisle Barracks: outpost of pride and military tradition

Carlisle Barracks can be entered from Route 11 (DoD ID card only) or through the Main Gate on Claremont Road. Set your smart phone map setting to "Jim Thorpe & Claremont roads, Carlisle 17013"

What to expect:
Choose one of two lanes through the vehicle inspection area. Select the middle lane for "DoD ID Only" All others select the left lane. Be prepared to show photo ID, as well as proof of vehicle registration and insurance.

For your unescorted visitors. If they do not have a Federal government-issued identification card, they will be vetted at the Visitors Center through the National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index (NCIC-III). This is the Army's baseline background check for entrance onto Army installations for those who are 18 and over, without a CAC or Military ID. For details, see the Carlisle Barracks Visitor Center page.

 

Sign in

Follow signs to Anne Ely Hall and sign in during duty hours (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays) at the Army War College G1/Personnel Office in Anne Ely Hall, Room 233, 46 Ashburn Drive on post (Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.). There is no uniform requirement to sign in.

What to expect:
Bring your orders. You'll receive your appointment time for Centralized In-Processing, and you can pick up a post map.

 

Settle in

The period between signing in and your scheduled Centralized Inprocessing appointment are yours to use as you wish. Unpack, settle in, try the post pool and golf course, register kids in CYSS, and check out Pennsylvania tourist destinations.

Memorial Chapel, on post, schedules weekend Mass on Saturday 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:15 a.m., and Protestant Services on Sunday at 11 a.m. See a full list of regularly scheduled Area Religious Services.

NOTE FOR USAWC Student & Family planning ... the One-Shot Academic Calendar What to expect: Hang this handy, reliable calendar for reference through the academic year. If there's a change, we'll issue a new One Shot Calendar. To use this & understand the acronyms: See the Academic Calendar at Experience/seminarExperience

To understand acronyms, like RWR and SRP, see the Student Experience page.

As of 26 July 2016

 

Before Zero Week

This list lays out required (in BOLD) and optional actions to complete before Zero Week.

Event: Report Date
What to Expect: Bring your orders; pick up Central In-Processing appointment time

 

Event: Acclimation
Date: 18-31 Jul
What to Expect: Your time - your schedule

 

Event: US Navy & USCG student orientation
Date: Friday, 29 July, 8 am to 4 pm
What to Expect: Orientation and baseline "Re-blue" sessions for Navy and Coast Guard students, Root Hall Mary Walker Room

 

Event: US Air Force "Re-blueing" Orientation
Date: 1 & 3 Aug
What to Expect: 1 Aug - classes and (afternoon) icebreaker among Air Force colleagues, at Army War College
3 August -- Briefings from the Air Staff, at Pentagon
Senior Air Force Rep COL Lynn Scheel, lynn.i.scheel.mil@mail.mil, 717.245.4863

 

Event: USMC "Re-greening" orientation
Date: 3 Aug
What to Expect: Marine students receive GO-level briefings at Quantico on USMC ops and future employment concepts & address by USMC Commandant.
POC: Senior Marine Rep COL Rob Gomez, Roberto.j.gomez3.mil@mail.mil, 717.245.4862

 

Event: Civilian Student Orientation
Date: 2-3 Aug
What to Expect: Intro to Professional Military Education, course overview/prof development topics for DA, DOD, Interagency students; POC Assoc. Dean Julie Manta, ofc Root Hall Rm A220

 

Event: Army Housing Ofc
Date: 18 Jul - 5 Aug
What to Expect: ALL students will contact Army Housing, Shughart Hall, 460 Sumner Rd, before entering into housing agreements for neutral, experienced guidance: POC Ms Bif Coyle, 717.245.4959; usarmy.carlisle.imcom-atlantic.mbx.imne-clb-pwh@mail.mil

 

Event: Transportation Ofc
Date: 18 Jul - 5 Aug
What to Expect: As needed: 46 Ashburn Drive, Rm 227

 

Event: Army Community Services
Date: 18 Jul - 5 Aug
What to Expect: As needed: borrow cots, dishes, transitional items; Newcomers’ orientation to EFMP, spouse employment options, more

 

Event: Motorcycle & weapons registration
Date: 18 Jul - 5 Aug
What to Expect: Upon moving into on-base housing; Emergency Services Building, 400 Forbes Ave

 

Event: Rent RV lot space for RVs, boats, utility trailers
Date: 18 Jul - 5 Aug
What to Expect: On-base parking limited to 48-hours; Call 717.245.3319 for fees, security details, 24/7 access

 

Event: Security Badge
Date: 18 Jul - 5 Aug
What to Expect: Security badge needed for entry to Central In-Processing @ Collins Hall Security Office, Root Hall Rm SB17, weekdays, 0800-1130, 1300-1530

 

Event: Centralized Inprocessing Appointment at Collins Hall
Date: one appt: 1,2 or 3 Aug
What to Expect: Plan on 3 hours, on average: Bring security badge, ID/CAC card, medical/dental records. Military wear or bring ASU/Class A service uniform (or service equivalent) for bio book photo; coat & tie/ business attire for civilian students.
Note: At CIP, you’ll receive an appointment for medical screening at Dunham Army Health Clinic, and can make appt. for optional Army Wellness Center assessment. Spouses welcome to attend & have bio photo taken; no kids. Bring additional supporting documentation that will ease your in-processing timeline, e.g., Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) orders and testing scores (DA Form 330).

 

Event: Student book issue pick-up
Date: 1-5 Aug
What to Expect: Root Hall Library, basement, weekdays

 

Event: Student mailbox issue
Date: 1-5 Aug
What to Expect: Root Hall Rm B119, weekdays

 

 

Zero Week, 7-12 Aug

Event: Seminar IceBreaker Social
Date: 7-9 Aug
What to Expect: Your seminar faculty team will sponsor seminar icebreaker as an informal meet-and-greet for students and families - typically on Sun, Mon, or Tues.

 

Event: Suit Sale in Mary Walker Room
Date: 8-31 Aug
What to Expect: Build up your collection of business suits for the upcoming year by taking advantage of business suits vendor, sponsored by the Exchange, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the Mary Walker Room in Root Hall.

 

Event: 1st day in seminar
Date: 8 Aug
What to Expect: Seminar groups will first meet in seminar at 8:30 am on Monday of Zero Week before joining the full student body for leadership and curriculum briefings in Bliss Hall.
UNIFORM: Carlisle Casual - men in slacks, sport shirt and/or sweater; women in skirts or slacks with top or casual dress.

 

Event: Mandatory IT-academic readiness training
Date: 8-12 Aug
What to Expect: Mandatory training will be scheduled for Information Technology and Blackboard-specific training, according to a by-seminar schedule

 

Event: SRP day
Date: 9 Aug
What to Expect: First of 10 scheduled days for your Strategic Research Project; this one provides initial guidance

 

Event: County Fair
Date: 10 Aug, 9 am - 2 pm
What to Expect: County Fair is your incredible one-stop information fair to learn about on-post recreation; registration for fitness classes, youth sports, Scouts, trips; AND downtown churches, restaurants, arts, retailers, community-based non-profits, 'deals' and more. In a very informal yet organized setting, students and spouses and kids will enjoy the extraordinary outlay of all that is available to you this year. County Fair tables/ displays are in Thorpe Gym, the LVCC, and the connecting road

 

Event: Performance Optimization/ Leader Resiliency Day
Date: 11 Aug
What to Expect: 0830-1030: Executive Master Resiliency Training (MRT) by Mobile Training Team (MTT) Amy Lord, Bliss Hall;
1045-1200 Resiliency and Sustainment for Senior Leaders, Dr. Tom Williams, Bliss Hall

 

Event: Military Family Program Introduction
Date: 11 Aug, 1 - 1:30 pm
What to Expect: Bliss Hall: MFP Director Ms Christina Daily will introduce students to the range of developmental programming intended for spouses. She'll describe two programs unique-to-USAWC: the new Executive Spouse Leadership Development Course, and the enduringly valued FLAGS program (Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills).

 

Event: Area School District Orientation
Date: 11 Aug, 2 - 4 pm
What to Expect: Bliss Hall: (includes break-out sessions by district)

 

Event: Convocation
Date: 12 Aug, 8am
What to Expect: Convocation in Bliss Hall is the formal beginning of the Class of 2017 year. Due to limited seating, spouses are welcome to view broadcasts in seminar rooms

 

Event: Opening Ceremony
Date: 12 Aug, 4pm
What to Expect: Opening Ceremony on Thorpe Field is an inspiring event for the whole family that features the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Army Drill Team, and the Army Band in a ceremony that reflects the significance of the student year at the Army's center for strategic thought. Beachwear encouraged at Opening Ceremony and Welcome Picnic

 

Event: Welcome Picnic/ Boatyard Wars
Date: 12 Aug
What to Expect: Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, this event is a class-wide welcome picnic and, simultaneously, an informal team-building activity for seminar students, at the swimming pool/picnic site behind the LVCC. For students, spouses & kids. Beachwear (really)

 

Family Activities

All spouse and family activities and options scheduled for first weeks before K-12 school starts.

Event: Memorial Chapel Vacation Bible School
Date: 1-5 Aug
What to Expect: Takes place on post at the Memorial Chapel for pre-K to 6th grade, August 1-5. Register July 15 - Aug. 1 at 717.245.4330. Volunteers welcome (7th grade - adult).

 

Event: Centralized In-Processing
Date: 1-3 Aug
What to Expect: Spouses welcome to attend & have bio photo taken. Or, Walk in for photo any time during Zero Week at the Photo Lab in Root Hall Room 105, 122 Forbes Ave. No appointment needed. Call 717.245.3406 with questions

 

Event: High School Welcome Jam
Date: 2 August
What to Expect: Informal, fun, and free for High School Teens in grades 9-12, scheduled for Tuesday, August 2from 6 to 9 p.m. at the McConnell Youth Center. Find old friends and meet new ones through ice-breakers, group games, dancing, and food.

 

Event: Middle School Welcome Jam
Date: 3 August
What to Expect: For school students in grades 6-8: scheduled for Wed., August 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the McConnell Youth Center: free with ice-breakers, group games, dancing, food.

 

Event: HERD 100 Carlisle HS Freshman Orientation
Date: 3 - 4 Aug
What to Expect: Call the School Liaison Office (SLO) as soon as possible, 245.4555 to register for limited available seats in this popular freshman orientation and ice-breaker

 

Event: Elementary Ice Cream Social
Date: 4 August
What to Expect: Ice cream and fun is the way for children in K-5th grade to enjoy their own 'ice' breaker: scheduled for Thursday, JAugust 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Event: deadline for K-12
Date: 5 Aug
What to Expect: Carlisle Area School District requests school registration no later than Aug 5

 

Event: Downtown Carlisle Welcome
Date: 5 Aug
What to Expect: Welcome to Students & Families: Friday, Aug. 5, 6-9 p.m. Restaurant walk, food tastings, family activities; find a map at the Downtown Carlisle Association (DCA) tent on the square at Hanover & High.

 

Event: Seminar Family IceBreaker
Date: 7-9 Aug
What to Expect: Your seminar faculty team will sponsor seminar icebreaker as an informal meet-and-greet for students and families - typically on Sun, Mon, or Tues.

 

Event: County Fair
Date: 10 Aug
What to Expect: 9 am - 2 pm, County Fair is your incredible one-stop information fair to learn about on-post recreation; registration for fitness classes, youth sports, Scouts, trips; AND downtown churches, restaurants, arts, retailers, community-based non-profits, 'deals' and more. In a very informal yet organized setting, students and spouses and kids will enjoy the extraordinary outlay of all that is available to you this year. County Fair tables/ displays are in Thorpe Gym, the LVCC, and the connecting road

 

Event: Performance Optimization/ Leader Resiliency Day
Date: 11 Aug
What to Expect: 8 - 11 am in Bliss Hall: Executive Master Resiliency Course; 1115 am - 1215, Bliss Hall, Emotional Intelligence in strategic leadership and resiliency

 

Event: Military Family Program Introduction
Date: 11 Aug, 1 - 1:30 pm
What to Expect: Bliss Hall: MFP Director Ms Christina Daily will introduce students and spouses to the range of developmental programming intended for spouses. She'll describe two programs unique-to-USAWC: the new Executive Spouse Leadership Development Course, and the enduringly valued FLAGS program (Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills).

 

Event: Carlisle Area High School New Student Orientation
Date: 11 Aug, 10:00 am
What to Expect: For all high school students, in Swartz Auditorium. For details: carlisleschools.org

 

Event: Area School Districts Orientation
Date: 11 Aug, 2 - 4 pm
What to Expect: Bliss Hall (includes break-out sessions by district)

 

Event: Convocation
Date: 12 Aug
What to Expect: At 8 am, Convocation in Bliss Hall is the formal beginning of the Class of 2017 year. Due to limited seating, spouses are welcome to view broadcasts in seminar rooms

 

Event: Spouse Brief
Date: 12 Aug 9:30 - 11 am
What to Expect: Command Spouses give welcomes & personal insights, with Q&A. Military Family Programs director introduces the wide range of personal and professional classes, workshops and programs, from key MFP programs like FLAGS and the Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar to the new Executive Spouse Leader Program.

 

Event: Class of 2017 Opening Ceremony
Date: 12 Aug
What to Expect: At 4 pm, Opening Ceremony on Thorpe Field is an inspiring event for the whole family that features the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Army Drill Team, and the Army Band in a ceremony that reflects the significance of the student year at the Army's center for strategic thought. Beachwear encouraged at Opening Ceremony and Welcome Picnic

 

Event: Welcome Picnic & Boatyard Wars
Date: 12 Aug
What to Expect: Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, this event is a class-wide welcome picnic and, simultaneously, an informal team-building activity for seminar students, at the swimming pool/picnic site behind the LVCC. For students, spouses & kids, dress is casual shorts, flip flops, beachwear (really)

 

Event: Seminar Softball practice begins
Date: 17 Aug
What to Expect: team-building softball kicks off with warm-up and softball practice for Seminars 1-8 (18 Aug for seminars 9-16; 23 Aug for seminars 17-24) Everyone participates: player, coach, scorekeeper, roles for all At Thorpe Field, between Root Hall and Young Hall residences Families welcome

 

Event: K-12 School begins
Date: 22 Aug
What to Expect: Carlisle Area School District & other local districts start school today

 

Event: Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club
Date: 24 Aug
What to Expect: Super Sign Up, Wed, 10 am to 1 pm. Children in strollers welcome. Learn about the many CBSC activities, like ‘Touristas,’ themed luncheons,and more

 

Event: Labor Day observed
Date: 5 Sep

 

Event: Softball games
Date: 6,7,8 Sep
What to Expect: Softball game season starts, thru last week in Sep

 

Event: Fall Yard Sale
Date: 10 Sep
What to Expect: All homes on post invited to participate; space available for off-post residents. Spring Yard Sale is in May

 

Event: K-12 Kids Day: Boys & Girls Club Annual Kids Day at McConnell Youth Center
Date: 17 Sep
What to Expect: What to Expect: fun for all school-age kids - Open House at McConnell Youth Center, noon to 4 pm You do not need to be registered with CYSS for this open house.
POC: Youth Center Director, 245-4180

 

 

Weeks 1 - 4

Key calendar items for weeks 1-4

Week 1

Event: Classes begin with Course 1, Intro to Strategic Studies (ISS)
Date: 15 Aug
What to Expect: ISS is an integrated case study, with your full faculty team, that introduces the major concepts and themes of the USAWC core courses.

 

Event: Typical academic day is morning class (8:30 - 11:30 am), with afternoon/evening reading & preparation. Expect 1:3 ratio, 3 hrs seminar: 9 hrs prep
Date: 15-19 Aug
What to Expect: ISS sessions 1-5 AUG. UNIFORM: Carlisle Casual is men in slacks, sport shirt and/or sweater; women in skirts or slacks with top or casual dress.

 

Event: Softball begins(!)
Date: 17 Aug
What to Expect: team-building softball kicks off with warm-up and softball practice for Seminars 1-8 Everyone participates: player, coach, scorekeeper, roles for all At Thorpe Field, between Root Hall and Young Hall residences Families welcome

 

Event: More for softball
Date: 18 Aug
What to Expect: team-building softball kicks off with warm-up and softball practice for Seminars 9-16

 

Week 2

Event: K-12 school begins
Date: 22 Aug
What to Expect: Carlisle Area School District/ most local K-12 schools start today (NOTE: schools want registration before Aug. 5: See FAMILIES)

 

Event: Reading, Writing, Research Day
Date: 22 Aug
What to Expect: RWR Days are embedded into the academic calendar to provide additional opportunity for in-depth study, research and writing Typically (with exceptions) each week includes an RWR or SRP day, most often (with exceptions) a Wednesday

 

Event: Course 2 begins: Theory of War & Strategy
Date: 23 - 26 Aug
What to Expect: TWS and all courses are is described in The Student Experience section

 

Event: Softball
Date: 23 Aug
What to Expect: practice begins for seminars 17-24

 

Event: Softball Games begin
Date: 24 Aug
What to Expect: scheduled by MWR Sports office icw Academic Operations; Families encouraged

 

Week 3

Event: TWS continues
Date: 29, 31 Aug : 1 Sep
What to Expect: Students will find the academic calendar on BlackBoard and/or the College intranet site

 

Event: softball
Date: 29 & 31 Aug

 

Event: SRP-2
Date: 30 Aug
What to Expect: class in research methodologies, sources

 

Event: RWR
Date: 2 Sep

 

Week 4

Event: Labor Day
Date: 5 Sep
What to Expect: federal holiday

 

Event: TWS classes 8-11
Date: 6-9 Sep
What to Expect: In September (date tbd), the uniform will change to normal class uniform: MILITARY students may choose either Class B (Service equivalent) OR civilian business attire (coat & tie/ equivalent); CIVILIAN students business attire Be Prepared for some days ASU/ Class A and once weekly combat/functional for MILITARY

 

Event: Special Programs Brief
Date: 7 Sep
What to Expect: 1 pm, Bliss Hall: Introduces unique academic courses and activities for student selection, e.g., special electives like the Eisenhower Speaking program the National Security Policy Program, Advanced Strategic Art Program (among others: See STUDENT EXPERIENCE)

 

Event: softball games
Date: 6,7,8 Sep
What to Expect: Note: Playoff Games close the season in last week of September

 

Event: Fall Yard Sale
Date: 10 Sep
What to Expect: All homes on post invited to participate; space available for off-post residents. Spring Yard Sale is in May