The Army War College is the Army's senior school for professional education. Each year students attend the resident program at Carlisle Barracks and a similar number graduate each year from the two-year distance education program. The class includes U.S. military officers from each branch of the armed services, selected government civilians and approximately 40 international students.
Their studies prepare senior leaders to assume strategic leadership responsibilities, educates them on the development and employment of landpower in joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment; research and publish on national security and military strategy; and engage in activities that support the Army's strategic communication efforts. It educates about 1,000 students yearly through its resident and distance education programs.
The 33 civilians represent the Department of the Army, the Defense Leadership and Management Program, Department of State, National Security Agency, and Department of Homeland Security.
42 International Fellows are senior foreign officers from Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
The average military officer in the class has completed 21 years of service.