Resident Student Plan Ahead

Resident Student Plan Ahead

RESIDENT STUDENT PLAN AHEAD for - Dress codes, dues, social activities, kids' participation in on-base programs, housing choices and forwarding address for on-base homes

Dress codes over the course of a year will require all of these:

  • Army Service Uniform/Class A or Service equivalent (occasional)
  • ASU Class B or Service equivalent (weekly)
  • Civilian Coat & Tie/ business dress (weekly)
  • Combat/ Functional (weekly)
  • Dress Mess (optional, e.g., Joint Ball)

Military Clothing: The Exchange has very limited military clothing items but can take orders. The closest Military Clothing Sales is located at Fort Indiantown Gap about an hour away in Annville, PA. Your colleagues in earlier classes recommend buying all needed clothing items before arriving at Carlisle. Expect to wear a business suit 4 to 5 times a week

Dues and Fees: Each class will make decisions about class dues and social activities; you can anticipate expenses of class dues, e.g., SSC resident & distance class gift and yearbook, and social events come with a per-person price tag. The resident student body will form a non-profit organization for the class, with representation from each of the 24 student seminars. The Resident Class of 2020 will create its own norms, decide about amount and purpose for class dues, and decide on whole-class social activities. Plan for fees to run from $0-$350.





Social and athletic activities: These ARE part of the Carlisle experience. Remote families can plan weekend visits to join geo-bachelor students and socialize with seminar colleagues for key events, highlighted below. Each year's social activities reflect the character of the student body. Most are held on base; most call for casual dress. (The Joint Ball is an exception: optional, held off base, formal). A rule of thumb is family-friendly OR parents-night-out with babysitting available through Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) for those who register.

All incoming Reserve/ National Guard officers:

All are invited to participate in the RC Orientation, April 30 - May 2, 2019, which will introduce incoming students to RC advisors, academic overview, expectations, administration and a tour of post homes. To learn more, contact COL Michael Zinno (Army Reserve) at 717-245-3543 or COL James Scalf (National Guard) at 717-245-4514.


Pennsylvania has specific, unique requirements - check before you travel:
Pa Department of Motor Vehicles Military Personnel/Veterans Information Center
Pa Department of Education overview of homeschooling
Firearms information - Pa State Police (All post residents must register firearms, call 717-245-4929)


Students moving to Carlisle may wish to purchase a Pennsylvania E-ZPass form the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission


Plan for Social Events


August 2019

  • Event: Welcome Jam & Boatyard Wars
  • Seminar Activity?: Seminar-based
  • Description: Seminar team-building exercise; spouses engaged; picnic - socializing-music
  • Place/Time: Swim Pool/ Zero Week Fri evening
  • Kids?: Kid-friendly games, activities
  • Dress: beach casual
  • Cost: Per-person fee

September 2019

  • Event: Air-Shipwreck Ball
  • Description: 2019: picnic, field events, live music
  • Place/Time: Indian Field/ Friday evening
  • Kids?: typically, the class plans a family event
  • Dress: casual
  • Cost: Per-person fee

October 2019

  • Event: Oktoberfest
  • Description: German music and food, volksmarching, carnival rides and traditional beer tent
  • Place/Time: Thu-Sat all day
  • Kids?: yes
  • Dress: Seasonally appropriate casual
  • Cost: Pay as you go

December 2019

  • Event: Army-Navy student football game
  • Description: Local version of the annual event, played with all-Service augmentation
  • Place/Time: Indian Field/ weekday
  • Kids?: Welcome as fans
  • Dress: casual
  • Cost: None


December 2019

  • Event: Holiday Reception
  • Description: Traditional reception
  • Place/Time: Quarters One
  • Kids?: No
  • Dress: Cmdt call
  • Cost: None

December 2019

  • Event: Holiday Outreach
  • Description: Long-time tradition, sharing holiday cheer at retirement homes: music & conversation
  • Place/Time: One home per seminar/ sheduled by sem
  • Kids?: Welcome
  • Dress: casual
  • Cost: None

January 2020

  • Event: Civilian Social
  • Description: Deep-winter Friday night break: varied concepts; recently: Chili Cookoff
  • Place/Time: LVCC/Friday evening
  • Kids?: No
  • Dress: casual
  • Cost: Per-person fee

February 2020

  • Event: Valentine Dance
  • Description: Opportunity to show ballroom dance class skills
  • Place/Time: LVCC/Sat evening
  • Kids?: No
  • Dress: Your call
  • Cost: Per-person fee

March/April 2020

  • Event: Family Fun Fair
  • Description: Egg hunt, bounce-house, games, food
  • Place/Time: Indian Field/ Saturday
  • Kids?: Yes
  • Dress: Casual
  • Cost: None


April 2020

  • Event: Jim Thorpe Sports Days
  • Description: Senior Service College face-off: 12 sports, with social events
  • Place/Time: Indian Field & other venues/ Th-Sa
  • Kids?: Yes
  • Dress: casual
  • Cost: Pay as you go for food

May 2020

  • Event: Joint Ball
  • Description: Traditional military ball
  • Place/Time: Off post/ Sat. eve
  • Kids?: No
  • Dress: Formal
  • Cost: Per person

June 2020

  • Event: Graduation brunch
  • Description: Post-grad ceremony
  • Place/Time: LVCC
  • Kids?: Yes
  • Dress: casual
  • Cost: Per person

*LVCC = Letort View Community Center, on base
*Indian Field = athletics field, on base
*AHEC = Army Heritage & Education Center outdoor field

Kids Programs


USA War College children are highly likely to participate in some CYSS activity during the course of a year. Carlisle Barracks youth programs are a unique and key part of the kids' Carlisle Experience. Summer camps, Youth sports teams, child care, hourly care, parents' night out, after-school programs, youth services clubs and activities,, teen 'lock-in,' teen trips - ALL require CYSS registration with Child, Youth and School Services. Registrations for kids with allergies, and other special needs will require extra steps that take time. Plan ahead. [See FAMILY SECTION] for details.

Housing Choices

Give yourself plenty of lead time for housing choices. Contact the Carlisle Barracks Housing Office for guidance: [See HOUSING SECTION] for insider information about on-post and neighboring choices.

Forward addresses: Once a student is assigned family housing [See HOUSING SECTION], the housing manager will forward name and address to the U.S. Post Office on base. Residents will use their new address as the forwarding address. The post office will hold mail until your arrival. Large package deliveries can be sent to BBC, c/o YOUR NAME at 451 Fletcher Drive and BBC will hold until your arrival.

Contacts for pre-arrival questions, interests

More than 2000 pursue strategy education at the Army War College through varied programs. The resident course includes almost 400. Others are listed below.

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.

G1/ Personnel Office, email TO

Army Lodging at Carlisle Barracks (by International Hotels Group)

Housing Office, email TO

Balfour Beatty Communities Family Housing Mgmt

Transportation Office,
Phone: (717) 245- 3997/3172

Military Pay, Army, email TO

Military Pay, Air Force-Navy-Marine,
see Senior Service Representative

Health Clinic, Dunham U.S. Army
Dunham Nurse Advice Line, Call 1-800-TRICARE, option 1
Emergency Room: closest is Carlisle Regional Medical Center (Call 911)

Exceptional Family Member Program,
ACS (Army Community Services)


Carlisle Barracks Dental Clinic (military only)

Army Wellness Center (facebook site)

Civilian Personnel (see USAJobs for listings

School Liaison Office (LNO with school districts)