Carlisle Barracks Army Base, Pennsylvania

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Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania is the second oldest military base in the United States of America and located in Carlisle. It is run through the Training Command and hosts the popular and well known War College.



The first historical mentioning of the camp dates to the Revolutionary War, when the troops tried to build a small brick fortress in 1757. Things didn’t change too much by the end of the war, except for the objective. If during the war it was supposed to defend the area, between wars it was a training site for civilians and wannabe soldiers. When the American Civil War started, the fort took a defensive position again in front of the occupying armies.


Things started to improve with World War I. The US Army took over the control of the site and turned into one of the most important hospitals in the United States. It also included a medical school training the wounded troops who were not able to get back on the field. During the war, it trained not less than 4000 afflicted soldiers.


As World War II was quickly spreading around the world, the US government decided to invest a little in Carlisle Barracks. It built six war schools that were supposed to intensively train soldiers to be sent to war. Meanwhile, the hospital and the school kept operating for the wounded troops.


In 1951, the United States Army War College was moved to the camp and hasn’t changed its location since then. The college was initially established in 1903, in Washington DC. The courses were suspended while the nation was preparing for World War II. They were not restarted until the collage was moved to Carlisle.


Other than these facts, the fort didn’t play any major roles in any of the wars in the last century, whether you consider the Cold War, the Vietnam War or the Korean War. For this reason, it was supposed to be shut down in 2005. Fortunately for the staff working there, the authorities decided to keep it open. In 2006, it was taken through a huge process of renovation, with new facilities and centers built up. All these improvements were taken due to the constant BRAC reviews, which actually decided whether Carlisle Barracks Pennsylvania will be closed or not.



There are around 10 units currently inhabiting the fort. The most important ones are the Dunham Health Clinic, the Dental Care System, the Criminal Investigation Division, the US Army War College and the Network Enterprise Center.


Since their purpose is not entirely oriented towards a military action, the base is in a stand-by position.



The deployment to Carlisle Barracks automatically connects you with a sponsor and the local housing system. The sponsor will help you accommodate and tell you how things work around the place. The housing system is not always an option if you don’t care for a spot on site. You may opt to be hosted off site as well, through a privatized system.

Carlisle Barracks


Carlisle Barracks is the nation’s second oldest active military base located in in Cumberland County in South Pennsylvania, about 20 miles from Harrisburg.

Carlisle Barracks is the second oldest army installation, 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 was the home of the Indian Industrial School where the All-American football halfback Jim Thorpe attended. Carlisle Barracks is now an Installation Management Agency installation supporting the U.S. Army War College.


The U.S. Army Garrison provides quality infrastructure and services to support Carlisle Barracks units’ mission readiness and execution while enabling the well-being of the regional military community.

Population Served

Carlisle Barracks populates around 547 active military members, 1299 civilians,  51,357 military retirees and averaging around 1313 family members.

Base Transportation

No public transportation is provided on the installation.


Sponsorship is very important at Carlisle Barracks. The Human Resources Directorate provides the following support to the Carlisle Barracks community in the way of sponsorship: An initial email letter welcoming Students and Staff and Faculty to the installation (this email notification provides a Login and Password to access online instructions and information about the installation.


Temporary Quarters

Army Lodging at Carlisle Barracks, provides temporary lodging for authorized personnel requiring accommodations. Requests for lodging during official travel are accepted anytime, confirmed TDY/PCS reservation will be provided 30 days prior to arrival. Unofficial travel reservation requests during September through May are accepted two weeks prior to arrival. Unofficial travel reservation requests during June through August are accepted only 3 days prior to arrival. All reservations can be made by phoning 717-245-4245 or by e-mail.


Relocation Assistance

The Relocation Readiness Program (RRP) ensures all arriving and departing members well supported by providing relocation assistance, training, information, and referral. Mandatory Newcomers Orientations are held quarterly at Letort View Community Center. During this orientation employees will have the opportunity to meet the Garrison Commander and various organization POCs. Each organization will provide valuable information. Contact the Relocation Program Manager, at 717-245-3685, DSN 312-242-3685.


Critical Installation Information

The Carlisle Barracks operator can be reached by calling 717-245-3131 or DSN 312-242-3131.


Family Quarters has government housing for a total of 321 families. For those unable to be housed on the installation, they will be referred with assistance in locating a home in the local community. Current information on quarters availability and off post housing may be obtained at the Housing Office 717-245-4017, DSN 312-242-4017.


Child Development Center provides full day, part-day and hourly care. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Child Development Center 717-245-4743, DSN 312-242-4743.


On post residents with pets must register with the Veterinary Treatment Facility in Building 627-A. All active duty and retired military members and family members are authorized to use the Veterinary Treatment facility. For additional information please call 717-245-4168, DSN 312-242-4168 to schedule appointments.


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