Carlisle Barracks Army Base

United States Army War College, CHARRA, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle Barracks PA

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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.

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


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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


Check the US News Health directory online at to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website

In Pennsylvania, to be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 by September 1 of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.

Carlisle Area School District

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.

Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
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​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

Child Care Aware:
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.

There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
The Department’s mission is to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all Commonwealth citizens.

Humane Society (412) 345-7300
Humane Animal Rescue continues the legacies of the Animal Rescue League & Western PA Humane Society, bringing greater efficiency in animal care processes, staff training, and cutting-edge practices to one cohesive organization. We strive to provide all aspects of care to abandoned, neglected, and injured animals; reunite lost pets with their caregivers or seek new families for them; educate the community on humane care and interactions with all animals with the goal of reducing pet overpopulation and negative relationships with native wildlife; reinforce a standard of living for animals and prevent cruelty; and provide assistance and medical care to injured, orphaned, or ill native Pennsylvania wildlife with a goal of returning them to their natural habitat. Our open door policy ensures that no animal is ever refused shelter.

Pennsylvania State Police (717) 783-5599

Base Operator (717) 245-3131


Chaplain (717) 245-3318


Dental Headquarters (717) 245-4542


Family Advocacy Program (717) 245-4357


Housing Services Office (717) 245-4951


ID/CAC Card Processing (717) 245-3533


Information and Referral (717) 245-4357


Legal Services and JAG (717) 245-4940


Medical Appointments (717) 245-3400


Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273 – 8255


Carlisle Barracks has privatized government housing for a total of 271 families. Quarters range in style from multi-unit apartment complexes to single-unit homes. Call (717) 245-4017 or (717) 258-8900 for more information.

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In Carlisle, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 23°F to 85°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 93°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 85°F and low of 66°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 47°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 23°F and high of 37°F.

The wetter season lasts 4.9 months, from March 31 to August 28, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on June 16. The drier season lasts 7.1 months, from August 28 to March 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on January 28.

The overall cost of living in Carlisle, PA is 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 2% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Carlisle, PA, the city’s goods and services are 2% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 1% lower than the U.S. average.

Carlisle Barracks is located in the city of Carlisle, PA in South Central Pennsylvania, near the state capital at Harrisburg. The region is known as Cumberland Valley with the beautiful Appalachians and the Susquehanna River. The area offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including excellent fishing holes, the Appalachian Trail, and City Island with many recreational opportunities. The Appalachian Trail is public footpath that traverses the scenic and wild lands of the Appalachian Mountains. The trail, which is more than a 2,180 miles long, is in one of the most biodiverse units of the National Park System. City Island, in the middle of the Susquehanna River, is a 63-acre island featuring a miniature train, a carousel, miniature golf, arcade games, batting cages, beach volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, swimming, and more.

Cumberland Valley also offers a wide array of cultural and entertainment options including museums, art galleries, theaters, historic sites and sport venues. Popular nearby areas include Hershey, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and Gettysburg.

Some other points of interest include Carlisle Quest, Carlisle Sports Emporium, Climbnasium Inc., Coliseum Megaplex, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, and Whitaker Center for Science and Arts

For more information on Cumberland Valley, check out the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau’s website at

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