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 19, 2021, and no later than July 28, 2021.

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.

For ALL educational participants, the Plan Ahead Contacts to War College and Post is a quick orientation to services, activities, and inside information about your time at Carlisle.



Welcome to Historic Carlisle Barracks, the home of the United States Army War College.

DOD ID card holders:

ID card holders can enter Carlisle Barracks from either Ashburn Gate or the Claremont Road Entrance.

Ashburn Gate is for DOD ID card holders only. Ashburn gate is located at 22 Ashburn Drive (off Harrisburg Pike, Route 11), Hours of Operation are Sun-Mon 0630-1730. Closed on federal holidays.

Main Entrance is off Claremont Road. From Claremont Road, turn onto Jim Thorpe Road. (Set your GPS to 870 Jim Thorpe Road)

NOTE: Do not map your route directly to an on-base address, you risk that your mapping system will direct you to make an unauthorized entry.

Non- DOD ID card holders:

All non-DOD ID card holders over age 18, will need to go to the Visitor Center for an access pass. The Visitor Center is located at 870 Jim Thorpe Road. The Visitor Center is open M-F 0700-1700, they are closed on federal holidays. After hours, the Visitor will be processed at the Claremont gate/ truck lane. Visitors will need to present a valid photographic identification for a background check. Once the visitor receives an access pass, they will go thru the DOD ID card lane to enter Carlisle Barracks. If you need assistance, please call the Visitor Center (717) 245-3721/3725/3733.

Please refer to the website for visitor information: https://www.armywarcollege.edu/visitorcenter/


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.

NOTE: It's wise to start the registration process for Child & Youth Services registration AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The process will take a few days AND could take up to 21 days depending on the child's level of need. CYSS registration IS NECESSARY for CDC, Youth Sports, Youth Camp, Youth Services. Pink background.

CYSS registration is NOT necessary for participation in the family picnics and welcome jams planned for all age groups (see below). Learn more at Experience/Families.

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... see the Academic Calendar at Experience/seminar Experience

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


Before Zero Week

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

*S = open to spouses

*F = encouraged for families

Event: Report Date
What to Expect: Student Report Date - Sign in at Anne Ely Hall, 2nd floor, G1, 46 Ashburn Drive
Date: between 19 and 28 July

Event: Transportation Office Assistance for Shipped Goods
Date: as needed
What to Expect: As needed, visit offices at 46 Ashburn Drive, Rm 227

Event: Student Security Badge
Date: before Aug. 2
What to Expect: Security badge is needed for entry to Central In-Processing @ Collins Hall Security Office, Root Hall Rm SB17, weekdays, 0800-1130 and 1300-1530.

Event: Student Centralized In-processing Appointment at Collins Hall
Date: one appointment assigned to each student beginning Aug. 2 - 6
*Spouse invited-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).
Specialized student orientations:

Event: Army Housing OFC
Date: as needed
*S-What to Expect: ALL students will contact Army Housing, Shughart Hall, 460 Sumner Rd, before entering into housing agreement--for neutral, experienced guidance and advocacy.
POC, Lisa White, 717-245-4959; usarmy.carlisle.imcom-atlantic.mbx.imne-clb-pwh@mail.mil

Event: Motorcycle & weapons registration
Date: walk in
What to Expect: Mandatory upon moving into on-base housing: Emergency Services Building, 400 Forbes Ave; 717-245-4115

Event: Army Community Services, as needed
Date: as needed
*S-What to Expect: Visit ACS at 632 Wright Avenue for orientation to the Exceptional Family Member Program, EFMP, and to learn about its signature programs: Family Advocacy, Army Emergency Relief, and Survivor Outreach Services.

Event: Rent RV lot space for RVs, boats, utility trailers
Date: as needed
What to Expect: On-base parking for RVs, boats, trailers is limited to 48-hours; Call 717-245-3020 for fees, security details, 24/7 access at the RV storage lot adjacent to the Visitors Center and additional lot near the Post Exchange.

Event: Student mailbox assignment
Date: as needed
What to Expect: Root Hall Rm B119, weekdays

Event: Memorial Chapel Vacation Bible School
Date: Mon-Fri, 2 – 6 Aug, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Morning session kindergarten – 2, Afternoon session 3 – 6 grade
Date: Aug. 8, 8 p.m., VBS family outdoor movie “Frozen”
Date: Aug. 10, 10 a.m. Story time with Elsa, RSVP https://e.afit.edu/CY5jjn
*F - What to Expect: Takes place on post at the Memorial Chapel for Kindergarten to 6th grade, Register Aug 2 - 6 at 717-245-4330. Volunteers welcome.

Event: High School Welcome Jam
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 1800 - 2100 at the McConnell Youth Center
*F-What to Expect: Informal, fun, and free for High School Teens in grades 9-12. Find old friends and meet new ones through ice-breakers, group games, dancing, and food.

Event: Student book issue pick-up
Date: Aug 5 – 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
What to Expect: Root Hall Library, sub-basement

Event: Middle School Welcome Jam
Date: Wed, Aug. 4, 1800 - 2100
*F - What to Expect: For school students in grades 6-8 at the McConnell Youth Center: free with ice-breakers, group games, dancing, and food.

Event: Elementary Ice Cream Social
Date: Aug 5, 1800 - 2000
*F - What to Expect: Games, ice cream, and fun are on the schedule for elementary school-age youth and their parent(s) - at McConnell Youth Center.

Event: HERD 100 Carlisle High School Freshman Orientation
Date: TBD, 0830-1500 & 1 August, 07:30-1600
*F - What to Expect: This popular freshman orientation and ice-breaker is planned for new Carlisle High School Freshmen.

Date: Aug. 8 – 10 evening event, specific to seminar
*S*F - What to Expect: Your seminar faculty team will sponsor an evening seminar icebreaker as an informal meet-and-greet for students and families. Your faculty team will reach out with the date, time and location

Event: First Student Seminar Event
Date: Aug. 9, 0800-1000
What to Expect: Seminar introduction and organization, in your assigned seminar room,
UNIFORM: Business Casual - jacket not required; wear name tags (see full guidance in pocket guide)

Event: Seminar Icebreaker Social - all seminar members, families, faculty

Event: Library Tutorial
Date: scheduled by seminar, TBD
What to Expect: introduction to research tools and to Library staff assistance.

Event: Downtown Carlisle hosts Restaurant Walk & 'Welcome Jam' for new War College families
Date: Aug. 2 6 – 9 p.m.
*S*F -What to Expect: Welcome activities for Students & Families: Restaurant walk, food tastings, family activities; find a map at the Downtown Carlisle Association (DCA) tent on the square at Hanover & High.

Event: 'Dress for Success'
Date: Aug. 6, 10 – 11:30 p.m. in Bliss Hall
What to Expect: Sponsored by Military Family Program, the session offers expert guidance on executive clothing choices for military and civilian men and women.


Zero Week, Aug 9-13

Event: Welcome and orientation to School for Strategic Land power
Date: Monday, 9 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, 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m, with lunch break UNIFORM: Carlisle Casual - jacket not required; wear name tags (see full guidance in pocket calendar).

Event: CYS Babysitter Course #1
DATE: Aug 9 - 10, 0800 - 1500
*F - What to expect: Sponsored by 4H and the US Army, teens can earn certifications in Infant & Child CPR; First Aid; and Army 4-H Babysitter Course. Both days required/ Course is open to first 20 registered CYS members ages 13-18 (12 years olds accepted upon space availability). Call 717.245.4555 to register for the free course, or visit the McConnell Youth Center on base.

Event: Senior Leader Sustainment program
Date: Aug. 12, (15:15 - 1600 in Bliss Hall)
What to Expect: This program will introduce the purpose and scope of the Senior Leader Sustainment, uniquely offered to USAWC students. Session includes an interactive discussion about the link between nutrition and performance, by Dr. Stella Volpe, Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions; she is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Event: Welcome Expo
Date: Aug. 11, 9 am - 1 pm
*S*F - What to Expect: Welcome Expo is a 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 helpful laydown of all the activities you can consider for your year. Welcome Expo tables/ displays are in Thorpe Gym, the LVCC, and the connecting road.

Event: Convocation
Date: Aug. 13, 8 - 11 a.m.
*S - What to Expect: Convocation in Bliss Hall is the formal beginning of the Class of 2020 year. Due to limited seating, spouses are welcome to view broadcasts in seminar rooms. Convocation is followed by students/spouses coffee social. 8:45 - 9:15 a.m. And, return to seminar learning, 9:30 - 11 a.m. UNIFORM: Class B/Service equivalent for students

Event: Coffee Social
Date: Aug. 13, immediately following Convocation - 0845-0915
*S - What to Expect: Informal coffee social on the Root Hall Patio, a meet-and-greet for all students & spouses

Event: Spouse Brief/ Military Family Program Introduction
Date: Aug. 13, 9:30 - 11 am
*S - What to Expect: Bliss Hall: Commandant & Mrs. Kem will greet spouses of the Class of 2020, and discuss expectations for families during the academic year, with Q&A. MFP Director Ms Christina Daily will introduce the wide range of developmental programming offered to spouses, including two programs unique to USAWC: the Executive Spouse Leadership Development Course, and much-valued FLAGS program (Facilitating Leadership and Group Skills).

Event: Opening Ceremony
Date: Aug, 13, 4- 5 p.m.
*S*F - 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: Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m. - until completion
*S*F - 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, recommended dress is casual shorts, flip flops, beachwear (really).

Event: Carlisle Area School District -- Meet & Greet the CASD Leaders
Date: TBD, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. -- Reynolds Theater
*S - What to Expect: Parents and School representatives meet in Reynolds Movie Theater immediately followed by elementary, middle school, and high school break-out sessions.

Event: Parents Night Out, Pre-registration required.
Date: TBD, 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
What to Expect: What to expect: $38 per youth - CYS-registered youth only. Infants thru pre-K at the Moore Child Development Center; school-age youth at McConnell Youth Center. Register by Aug 2 COB (Parents Night Out will require at least 13 children).

Event: CYS Babysitter Course #2
DATE: Aug. 17 – 18, 0800 - 1500
*F - What to expect: Sponsored by 4H and the US Army, teens can earn certifications in Infant & Child CPR; First Aid; and Army 4-H Babysitter Course. Both days required/ Course is open to first 20 registered CYS members ages 13-18 (12 years olds accepted upon space availability). Call 717.245.4555 to register for the free course, or visit the McConnell Youth Center on base.

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: Aug. 13 - 23
What to Expect: ISS session’s #1-6 scheduled
UNIFORM: 'Carlisle Casual' uniform is men in slacks, sport shirt and/or sweater; women in skirts or slacks with top or casual dress.

Event: Fall Youth Soccer League - Registration closes TBD
Date: Youth Soccer season starts Aug. 23 – Oct. 25
What to Expect: For youth 3 years to 12th grade. Register by August 16 at McConnell Youth Center, at $25 for 3-5 years; $45 for K-12 grade. Call 717.245.4555. Plan ahead ask about: Youth Golf Lessons (start Sept 14) and Youth Tennis (starts Sept 13), Winter Basketball Skills

Event: Read, Write, Reflect & Collaborate (RWRC) Day
Date: Aug 19.
What to Expect: RWRC Days are embedded into the academic calendar to provide additional opportunity for in-depth study, research and writing, and collaborative project development. Typically, each week includes an RWR or SRP day, often a Wednesday; exceptions will occur. (SRP = Strategy Research Project day.)

Event: Carlisle Area School District, K-12 schools.
Date: TBD
What to Expect: Check web sites for other school districts' start dates

Event: Read, Write, Reflect & Collaborate (RWRC) Day
Date: Aug. 26.
What to Expect: opportunity for in-depth study, research and writing, and collaborative project development. Today: ISS paper due.

Event: Course 2 begins: Strategic Leadership
Date: Aug 27.
What to Expect: TWS and all courses are is described in The Student Experience section

Event: Senior Leader Sustainment Program Assessments begin
Date: scheduled by seminar, Aug thru Nov
What to Expect: This unique program of individualized assessments and expert feedback is required for all US Army students, and highly recommended for all students in the Class of 2020: US and International, military and civilian.

Event: Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club
Date: TBD, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Letort View Community Center (LVCC)
*S - What to Expect: Super Sign Up, Children in strollers welcome. Learn about the many CBSC activities. Arrive any time, stay as long as you wish.

Event: Spouse Project Interest Meeting
Date: Date: Aug. 26, 10 - 11 a.m.
*S - What to Expect: Collaborative process, with Military Family Program director Ms Christina Daily, to select and plan appropriate project(s) for spouses.

Event: Special Programs Brief
Date: Sep. 15
What to Expect: afternoon session starts at 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: Fall Yard Sale
Date: Aug. 18
What to Expect: All homes on post invited to participate; space available for off-post residents. The yard sale is open to the public. Spring Yard Sale is in May


Weeks 1-4