Carlisle Barracks is a relatively small base with an active duty population of approximately 550. The base was built in May of 1757, making it the second oldest military base that is still open.
Carlisle Barracks was considered a candidate for closing when the United States Army was going through its realignment process, but it was decided that the base would stay open; in fact, a large project that involved building additional on-base military housing was started in 2006, after it was decided that the base would remain open.
Not only does Carlisle Barracks house the United States Army War College, but it is also the home of the Center for Strategic Leadership, the Strategic Studies Institute, the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, the Army Heritage and Education Center and the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.
There are a lot of things to do in the area surrounding Carlisle Barracks; in fact, the population of the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro Area is over half a million. Harrisburg is only about 20 miles away from the base, and there are plenty of places to go shopping, go out to eat, head out for a night of bowling or a movie night and other places to see and things to do for families and individuals who are stationed at Carlisle Barracks. Although the base is located near a large metropolitan area in southern central Pennsylvania, the cost of living in the area is surprisingly low when compared with other larger metropolitan areas in the United States.
Since there are 12 different school districts that serve children in the 12-mile radius surrounding the base, students who live with their families in various off-base housing communities around Carlisle Barracks attend different schools in the Pennsylvania school system. There are no schools on the base for dependent children, but children who live on base attend schools in the Carlisle Area School District; three different elementary schools in this school district serve children who live on base. Carlisle Barracks does offer a child development center for parents who are seeking childcare services, and there is also a youth center for children for children who are looking for fun activities to participate in.
The Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic is available on base for those who are seeking ambulatory health care treatment and services. The clinic offers many primary care services, but those who are dealing with a medical emergency should seek assistance off base.
Apartment complexes with multiple units and single-family homes combined provide enough private, on-base housing for 271 different families. Those who are interested in residing on base should contact someone from the Base Housing Office for assistance.
A total of 45 temporary lodging rooms are available for visitors to Carlisle Barracks and those who are PCSing to the area and are awaiting permanent housing. These rooms are split between three different halls, which are Washington Hall, Ashburn Hall and Pratt Hall. Those who are in need of temporary housing on Carlisle Barracks will need to make reservations in order to secure a room, and they should make arrangements for their pets because no pets are allowed in the temporary lodging rooms on Carlisle Barracks.