Develop your own Carlisle experience. Select from a thoughtful collection of academic, family, social, sports, and other activities that will support your efforts to shape a new professional identity at the strategic level.



USAWC Commandant

Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp

A national treasure, the Army War College has served our country well for more than a century, preparing senior military officers and civilians for strategic leadership responsibilities, while leading the Army in strategic thought and ideas. Today, we recognize the rapid pace of change as we anticipate and prepare for the future, still pursuing the broad objectives established by Secretary Elihu Root in 1901, "… not to promote war, but to preserve peace by intelligent and adequate preparation to repel aggression … to study and confer on the great problems of national defense, of military science, and of responsible command."

Students of the Army War College Class of 2016 will partner in professional development with scholars and practitioners who offer a high-quality, innovative curriculum and produce relevant and influential scholarship on topics of strategic importance to the Army and the Joint Force. They’ll tap into human resiliency programs that enhance mental agility, adaptability, openness to cultural understanding, professional judgment and physical toughness. And, they’ll benefit from a positive, developmental environment of Carlisle Barracks: the most strategic 500 acres in the country. As graduates, they’ll be highly valued, respected, and in demand.

Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander

LTC Kimberly A. Peeples

Focused on family, fitness, and academic support, the Army Garrison team at Carlisle Barracks is a full-service, customer-focused professional staff here for our residents, students, employees, and the large military community that relies on us for military benefits and support.

Transition can be difficult for families, especially, and Carlisle Barracks has mastered the art of easing transitions. The team here is ready to advise you before you arrive and to guide you upon arrival; there is contact information peppered through this web site. Close working relationships with the area school districts, the transportation office, and the housing office have created best-practices in anticipating your needs, responding to your queries, and minimizing bureaucracy. The school liaison office is a particularly important one-stop resource about our Child Development Center, school-age Youth Services and Youth Sports, area schools and home-schooling – in the Families section, below.

This post is small at merely 506 acres but mighty in terms of range and excellence of programs and support.

Student Voices

Col. Mark Baxter

Brig. Apollo Kasiita-Gowa

Before You Travel

Find need-to-know planning insights suggested by your colleagues in previous classes.


Pre-arrival processing, or PAP, is a full-service resident student site to remotely apply for housing, set up accounts needed immediately upon arrival, and accomplish the pre-arrival checks that will ease your transition to this academic assignment. PAP is a secure site - password protected -- for your personal information, biographical sketch, assessments, surveys, information forms and applications to be completed at your own pace.

The site is open to U.S. military and civilian USAWC students after official notification of selection to the Army War College and have received an email with their account registration token (encrypted key). Once you receive the email, click on the link provided and enter your token where prompted. The token will only work once, so you must follow the wizard to establish a password, register your CAC, and select your three security questions to complete the registration of your account. After completing your account registration you will be taken to the KMN home page where you can access the Pre-Arrival Processing (PAP) module. From there you can begin to complete the pre-arrival processing steps. You may return to the site to continue your pre-arrival processing at any time using either your CAC card or UserID (email address) and password.

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.

"Uniquely Carlisle"

Each student will create his or her own Carlisle experience by balancing academic pursuits, professional development, and personal growth through complementary social, family, fitness, and resiliency activities found here – where student success is mission #1.

  • fairly unique: Life with little to no commute time
  • quite unique: First-person experience with icons of U.S. military history
  • totally unique: Uniquely Carlisle activities and programs stretch across the 10-month calendar from Opening Ceremony and a host of icebreaker activities -- through the class socials; national security staff rides to Gettysburg National Battlefield and New York City and Washington DC; and Jim Thorpe Sports Days – to closing activities that include National Security Seminar, the Joint Ball, and Graduation.

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On-post Family Living

MAXIMIZE the Carlisle experience by living in on-post family homes. Balfour Beatty Communities, Carlisle Barracks' private housing partner, is committed to providing high quality homes in a welcoming and safe community.

Student assignments for on-post homes is prioritized: (1) military members (US and international) who are accompanied by family; (2) unaccompanied US and international military members: geo-bachelors; (3) civilian students.

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Academic focus and choice/ Key dates

The academic curriculum offered by the School of Strategic Landpower includes both required core courses and elective studies and activities that will enable you to reach the Individual Learning Objectives that you will develop early in the academic year, with guidance from your faculty advisor and inspiration from the range of enriching activities that you can use to create your personal Carlisle experience.

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Seminar Experience

As a member of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2016, you'll join a body of students selectively identified for their potential to leadership at the strategic level. The student body of approximately 380 students will include as many as 80 International Fellows, as well as Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard officers drawn from the active and reserve components, with civilian national security professionals. No more than 60 percent of the class is Army.

Each student is assigned to one of 24 seminars: cohort groups that will work together to study, analyze case studies, collaborate on experiential learning exercises, and learn from one another. To leverage the power of adult learning from diverse peer backgrounds, the seminar represents the JIIM national security environment -- that is, the joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environment in which graduates will be expected to operate effectively and immediately.

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Mr Ken Looney

Brig. Gen. Codanda Cariappa


Kimberley Hetherington
Student Spouse Canada

Brigid Stewart
Student Spouse U.S.A.

Kathy French
Student Spouse U.S.A.

Nowhere does the military mission so closely integrate spouses. A wide range of opportunities are yours for the choosing to enhance your personal interests, professional development, fitness, resiliency, and social networking. In fact, the Military Family Program, sponsored by the Strategic Leader Development and Resiliency Program, is wholly focused on programs, classes, and workshops for spouses whose voices help shape the program and the design the annual spouse project. The Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club uniquely offers a collection of experiences, classes, interest groups, tours, and fun that add up to incomparable memories.

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Assignment at Carlisle Barracks is like a long hall of open doors. Whether you're an athlete, a thespian, an artist, an outdoorsman (or wanna-be), an historian, a scholar …. Being HERE opens doors to school-based activities, to adventures and experiences sponsored by on-post agencies, like Outdoor Rec, the Chapel Youth, Youth Services and the post's Fitness Campus, and to a wide range of activities within an hour drive.

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Matt Funk
Student Carlisle High School


Gina Botters
Student Spouse U.S.A.

SGT Andrew McConnell Youth Center

"Family-friendly" is more than a bumper sticker at Carlisle Barracks. This section identifies a selection of the family-oriented activities and opportunities; and a wealth of information about schools in the area.

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Community Resources

Carlisle Barracks is a dynamic center of services and activities -- surrounded by vibrant communities nested in the heart of the Cumberland Valley. At your fingertips, here, is a guide to services and resources on the Carlisle Barracks post, excellent schools and nationally-ranked colleges in the local area, and helpful Pennsylvania references to guide you.

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Enjoy Pennsylvania

Covered bridges, antique shops, old-fashioned buggies among 21st century cars, downtown federal-style architecture, street fairs, outdoor life, the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia ... are among the amazingly diverse, unique and fun reasons to love a Pennsylvania assignment. Find a wide-ranging selection ...

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