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Carlisle Barracks Army Base

United States Army War College, CHARRA, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle Barracks PA

Carlisle Barracks

Carlisle Barracks is a United States Army facility located in Cumberland County in South Central Pennsylvania, near the state capital at Harrisburg. It is part of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command and is the home of the U.S. Army War College. It is the nation’s second-oldest active military base dating back to 1745, when British soldiers created the “Camp near Carlisle.” In December 1776, the Continental Congress authorized establishment of an ordnance center at Washingtonburg, as the Barracks was called during the Revolutionary War.


Carlisle Barracks is now an Installation Management Agency supporting the U.S. Army War College, which provides graduate level instruction to military officers in preparation for senior leadership assignments. The Strategic Studies Institute, the Military History Institute and the Center for Strategic Leadership are all part of the College. Students of all the Army War College educational programs are officers of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, activeand reserve, as well as senior civilians of the federal agencies associated with national security. As many as 80 International Officers, from allied and partner nations, live in the Carlisle area.

Arriving at Carlisle Barracks
The closest airport is Harrisburg International Airport located 29 miles from base.


Directions From Harrisburg International Airport:

  • Take connector road from airport north to 283 North
  • Take 283 North to 83 North. Follow 83 North to 81 South
  • Take 81 South to Exit 17.
  • Turn right onto Route 11 South
  • At the fourth red light turn left into the front entrance of the Carlisle Barracks

All Soldiers (less USAWC Students) must first report to their gaining unit for command and control purposes and to acknowledge your arrival at Carlisle Barracks. Then immediately go to the Military Personnel Services Division (MPSD), Room 133, Building 46 Anne Ely Hall to be arrived to the installation and receive a personalized Installation In-processing Checklist.


Turn in your PCS leave form to the in-processing technician and be arrived to the installation. The leave form will be returned to you for the purpose of in-processing the Military Pay section. Permissive TDY for house hunting purposes must be processed and approved through your unit Personnel Administrative Center (PAC). You must then be arrived to your gaining UIC in eMILPO by MPSD; the actual in-processing procedure may begin when you sign back in off of your permissive TDY.


If you arrive at the installation during non-duty hours and require assistance you must contact the Carlisle Barracks Police Station Duty Officer at 717-245-4342/4115, Building 400. The Duty Officer will provide the contact number for the Unit Cdr/1SG so you can get billeting (E6 and below) or any other assistance needed. You are responsible to report to MPSD the next duty day to begin Installation In-processing.


During the automated in-processing procedure beginning on the Soldier’s first duty day, they will be entered into the system and given a personalized in-processing checklist which is to be completed within five duty days. This checklist will include all mandatory stations, complete with locations; the Soldier is required to physically in-process. The checklist must be signed off by the responsible agency representative.


Soldiers are required to in-process the DEERS/RAPIDS workstation, Rm 135, Bldg 46 to update personal/Family information during their initial first duty day visit to MPSD.


Upon receiving the personalized Installation In-processing Checklist you must visit each section designated mandatory on the checklist, obtaining the required signatures. Return to MPSD with the completed checklist for a final accounting. You have a maximum of five duty days to complete this procedure.


Centralized In-processing for USAWC Students is controlled and coordinated by HRD S1/PAC from the Army War College.


Installation In-Processing Point of Contact phone number is 717-245-3899, reference is AR 600-8-101.


Army War College Students


Upon your arrival, all military personnel immediately check-in with Human Resources Directorate (HRD). You will be provided an in-processing checklist and additional in-processing instructions. Army War College students will receive appointments and participate in Centralized In-processing at Collins Hall, Bldg 650.


All arrivals should report to Human Resource Division, Building 46, Anne Ely Hall, 2nd floor, during normal duty hours. All others arriving after duty hours will report to HRD the next duty day between 7:30 a.m. and 4;00 p.m.


Other Services


Members of the following services should call their Senior Service Representative’s Office at 717-245-4200, or report to Room C332, Root Hall, 122 Forbes Avenue upon arrival: US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, and US Coast Guard.


Newcomers Orientation


The Relocation Readiness Program focuses on ensuring that support and assistance is available for inbound and outbound military personnel and their Family members. Newcomers Orientations are held quarterly. For additional information contact the Army Community Service, Relocation Readiness Program Manager, 717-245-3685 or DSN 312-242-3685.

Base Population
There are over 108,055  Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Carlisle Barracks.