The past year has continued to be a challenging period for the Army and the Nation, but our Soldiers have met every challenge - from highly successful combat operations in two theaters, to continued transformation of the operational and institutional parts of the Army. With unsurpassed professionalism, courage and commitment, our Soldiers have endured great hardships, lost many friends and comrades along the way, and made lasting contributions to the peace, freedom and security of two formerly oppressed nations. We stand in awe of our Soldiers, and look forward to 2006 to continue the tremendous progress we have made in transforming the Army - all while our Soldiers continue to fight and win the Global War on Terrorism.
Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the United States Army
U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks
The U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks is the nation's most prestigious institution for the education of strategic leaders and for the study of the development and employment of landpower.
Army War College students:
- Centrally selected.
- Resident student body - 340.
- Distance education student body - 800, both phases.
- Resident class: 60% Army, 40% other services, government agencies, and an average of 40 allied countries represented.
- Accredited by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for JPME, Phase I.
- Graduates may earn a Master of Strategic Studies Degree.
The Army War College conducts three concurrent classes: a 10 month resident program and the first and second year phases of a two-year distance program. Fifty-nine percent of the current resident class is OIF/OEF veterans; over 50 percent of this class can expect to go directly to positions related to the GWOT. The Distance Education classes also reflect a high percentage of OIF/OEF veterans
Army War College courses and research publications contribute to the development of leaders throughout their careers. The Army War College also conducts:
- Basic Strategic Arts Program
- Defense Strategy Course
- Reserve Component National Security Issues Course
- Senior Reserve Component Officers Course
- The Joint Force Land Component Commander Course
The War College team includes other U.S. Army resources:
The Army Heritage and Education Center - The Center and its flagship Military History Institute acquire, preserve, and display materials that tells the Army's story.
Strategic Studies Institute - Institute for geo-strategic and national security research and analysis.
Center for Strategic Leadership - Strategic-level war gaming, simulation, conference and experiential education center.
Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute - Preeminent authority on stability operations at the strategic and operational level.
Army Physical Fitness Research Institute -Health and fitness research institute specializing in the over-40 population.
Carlisle Barracks -the second oldest active military post in the United States (1757).