First 30 days

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 to your children's school and your first academic class.

This site reviews the range of activities for USAWC students and family members. Many of the events are yet to be scheduled in Dec. 2014; this site will be updated regularly as events are scheduled.

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 for all adults, as well as proof of vehicle registration and insurance.

Make your first stop:

Follow signs to Anne Ely Hall and sign in during duty hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m weekdays) at the Army War College G1 Office in Anne Ely Hall room 233, 46 Ashburn Drive on Carlisle Barracks (Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.)

What to expect:

Bring your orders. You'll receive your appointment time for Centralized In-Processing. You can pick up a post map/walking tour.

Settle in:

With few exceptions, you'll have time to unpack, settle in, try the post pool and golf course, 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.

What to expect:

You control your calendar before Zero Week. Make note of your Centralized In-Processing appointment, and complete a handful of agency in-processing activities to be completed before your CIP appointment.

Before Centralized In-Processing

Before your Centralized In-Processing appointment, complete Pre-CIP steps at these agencies which require directorate-specific equipment to in-processing at these agencies:

  1. In Shughart Hall, 460 Sumner Road for the Housing Services Office

    As outlined in your PCS orders, all Students must contact the Carlisle Barracks Army Housing Services Office for non-biased guidance and options for your specific housing needs prior to entering into any housing agreements. Once you have made a housing decision, students must notify the HSO with your new local community address.

    The Housing Services Office can be reached via email at "" or Commercial Phone (717) 245-4959/4823/4951 or DSN -242-4959/4823/4951

  2. At Army Community Services, 632 Wright Avenue on post, for required newcomers briefing offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays during the in-processing weeks for -- information and access to spouse job information, EFMP processing, available services, and lending closet (everything needed for 10-day temporary living, e.g., cots, kitchen kits, etc)

  3. In Anne Ely Hall, 46 Ashburn Drive, check in with

    (a) Transportation Office in Room 227, and (b) (Army only) Military Pay in room 233

  4. In Root Hall, 122 Forbes Avenue –

    (a) At the Security Office in Room SB17, walk-in 8-11:30 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. for your security badge (needed for access to Root Hall and to Collins Hall (CIP location). (b) At the Library, you can pick up your student book issue as early as 14 July in Room B22. Your student mailbox will be issued in Root Hall's room B119.

  5. IF you have a motorcycle or weapon to register, go to the Emergency Services Building, 400 Forbes Avenue

  6. Army only: at Carlisle Barracks Dental Clinic, 450 Gibner Road, walk-in with your dental records.

  7. Army only: in-process at the Dunham Army Medical Clinic for pre-screening prior to CIP, e.g., PHA and blood draw; and to request medical records from your losing organization.

All Reserve Component officers, all Services, in the Class of 2016 are invited to participate in the RC Orientation, 21-24 April 2015, which will introduce incoming students to RC advisors, academic overview, expectations, administration and a tour of post homes. To learn more, contact COL F. Scott Main (Reserve officers) at 717.245.3543 or COL Ed Siegfried (National Guard) at 717.245.4514.

Marine Corps orientation will include a Pentagon briefing on current/future Marine operations, tentatively scheduled in late July. See Marine Corps Senior Service Representative Col. Roger McFadden before those dates to check for updates, or call 717.245.4862.

Civilian students should stop and meet Associate Dean Julie Manta in Root Hall Room B242 and get an updated schedule for the two-day Civilian Student Orientation, typically scheduled at end of July.

Centralized In-processing:

Arrive at your Centralized In-Processing appointment scheduled during the period 3-6 August 2015 at Collins Hall Room 1029, 650 Wright Avenue, Carlisle Barracks.

What to expect:

Bring your security badge. You'll need your CAC card, your bio sketch information to finalize, your dental records (unless already turned into the Dental Clinic), and – for Army only, your Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) Orders and testing scores (DA Form 330).

Your photo will be taken for the bio book. Uniform FOR military students is the appropriate Service Class B uniforn, and FOR Civilian students, male coat and tie/ female business attire. REQUIRED FOR THE PHOTO: Carry the ASU jacket or Service equivalent Class A jacket; Navy students will carry the Summer White Shirt.

Spouses may get photos taken at Centralized In-Processing for the bio book - or, alternately, spouses may walk in to the Photo Lab in Root Hall, Room A05, 122 Forbes Avenue during dates to be scheduled in August. No appointment needed; call 717.245.3406 for questions.

Family Activities in July:

Youth Services sponsors two Welcome Jams, for high school teens and for middle schoolers. They are informal, fun, gatherings to help High School Teens, (grades 9-12) during an evening to be scheduled at the Splash Zone Swimming Pool Pavilion, find old friends and meet new ones through ice-breaker games, refreshments, DJ music and dancing. A Welcome Jam for Middle School students (grades 6-8) will be scheduled on a different evening, also at the Splash Zone Pavilion. These are free events, open to all incoming student families regardless of where you live or where you'll go to school. For more information call 717-245-4115.

Ice Cream Social is the way for elementary school-age children to enjoy their own 'ice' breaker, to be scheduled, at the Youth Center, 637 Liggett Road

Vacation Bible School will be scheduled in late July. Register by calling 717-245-4215.

In August, the Carlisle Community will informally welcome the Class of 2015 and their Families during a "Welcome Jam" in conjunction with a restaurant walk. There will be food tasting, activities for the whole family and more. Start off at the Downtown Carlisle Association (DCA) tent on the square for a map to guide your downtown tour.

Zero Week: week of 10 August 2015

Zero week will serve as an orientation to the seminar, the resources available for during the coming year, and the community. Many events are for both student and Family.

Your faculty team will schedule a Seminar Ice-breaker, typically between Sunday and Wednesday of Zero Week, as an informal meet-and-greet for student families.

Seminar groups will first meet in seminar on Monday of Zero Week before joining the full student body for Bliss Hall leadership and curriculum briefings. Resident students will be joined by USAWC Fellows for much of Zero Week, to gain appreciation of the complementary programs and to initiate relationships that will continue, especially during the National Security Staff Rides.

Carlisle High School will schedule "HERD 100" -- a 2-day orientation for incoming freshmen, all-day, two days, in early August.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, is the County Fair: 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.

Friday, 7 Aug is scheduled for significant events to mark the beginning of the academic year. Convocation, at 8 a.m. in Bliss Hall, is the formal start to the Class of 2016 year. Opening Ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug 7 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. And, immediately following is the Welcome Family Picnic and 'boatyard wars' icebreaker event, at the swimming pool/picnic site, for students and families. Beach wear encouraged at opening ceremony and the family picnic.

To be scheduled:

  • Leader Resiliency Day features national experts with insights for you and your spouse about healthy life styles for strategic leaders
  • School District orientations in Bliss Hall give opportunity for USAWC students and student spouses to meet with senior representatives of regional school districts, for in-depth discussion of your questions. (See Families for more information on Schools and the School Liaison Office)
  • See Families for more information on Schools and the School Liaison Office

    FAMILIES, do not miss these: Seminar Icebreaker .. County Fair .. Leader Resiliency Day ... Convocation ... USAWC Welcome Family Picnic

What to expect:

'Carlisle Casual' uniform (men in slacks, sport shirt and/or sweater; women in skirts or slacks with top or casual dress) Spouses welcome at all Zero Week events - all family members encouraged at the Welcome Picnic Zero week events on post in Root Hall academic building or Bliss Hall auditorium

Zero week will serve as an orientation to the seminar, the resources available for you during the coming year, and the community.

Week One, week of 17 August:

USAWC classes begin: Course One, Strategic Leadership

"Dress for Success" will be scheduled -- the first of the Military Family Programs -- designed to guide both men and women, with afternoon and evening sessions offered: 1-3 and 7-9 pm.

Army Heritage & Education Center begins its monthly evening Perspectives in Military History, Wed, 12 Aug - for students, families, neighbors.

What to expect:

Typical day is morning classes, afternoon reading & preparation 'Carlisle Casual' uniform (men in slacks, sport shirt and/or sweater; women in skirts or slacks with top or casual dress)

Students will have online access to weekly schedules that include academic event, date, time, location and uniform. Uniform will change throughout the year.

For more on Carlisle High School see Families and Teens

Week Two, week of 24 August:

Class schedules become routine: Typical week is 4 days in seminar and 1 Reading/Writing/Research day.

Week Three, week of 31 August:

Families adjust to the USAWC academic philosophy. For every 3 contact hours in seminar, expect 9 hours reading & preparing.

To be scheduled: students will receive a Special Programs Brief, introducing unique academic courses and activities.

What to expect:

Classes start in late August for area youth at area school districts: See school calendars under Families.

Spouses Club sign-up event

Chapel ecumenical ice-cream social/ welcome