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Encyclopedia > United States Army War College

The United States Army War College is a U. S. Army school located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, specifically in the historic Carlisle Barracks. It caters to high-level military personnel and civilians and prepares them for strategic leadership responsibilities. It is the most senior military educational institution for the U. S. military.

The War College is a split-functional institution. While a great deal of emphasis is placed on research, students are also instructed in Leadership, Strategy, and Joint-service/International operations. The College offers classes in a traditional environment as well as in a distance-learning format. The College is empowered to grant Master's degrees by the United States Congress.

The average age of students is 45 years old and the average military rank is Colonel. In order to be accepted to the College, applicants must have already completed the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College.



Elihu Root

Established from the principles learned in the Spanish-American War, the College was founded in 1901 by Secretary of War Elihu Root. It was formally established by General Order 155 on the 27th of November. The first students attended the college in 1904, when it was located at Fort Myer.


According to U. S. Army regulation 10-44, the mission of the War College is to "To prepare selected military, civilian, and international leaders for the responsibilities of strategic leadership; educate current and future leaders on the development and employment of landpower in a joint, multinational and interagency environment; conduct research and publish on national security and military strategy; and engage in activities in support of the Army’s strategic communication efforts."

See Also

External Links & Sources

  • U. S. Army War College Official Website (http://carlisle-www.army.mil/)

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