The cost of living in Pennsylvania is relatively lower than other states in the Northeast region. For Carlisle: Energy expenses are 8.4% lower than the national average; foods costs 24.8% less than the national average; healthcare is 4.6% lower than the national average; housing is 15.1% lower than the national average; and, transportation costs 11.9% less than the national average. (Data Source: Salary.com Cost of Living Calculator)
The Carlisle Barracks operator can be reached by calling 717-245-3131 or DSN 312-242-3131.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
U.S. Army Garrison Carlisle Barracks provides integrated base support to the U.S. Army War College and surrounding military communities to enhance readiness.
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, a field operating agency of the U.S. Army, which educates and prepares military officers for leadership at the highest levels.
2,444 Active Duty (1054 on base, 344off base, and 1,426 reserves)
5029 Family members (2,233 of active within 40 miles, and 2,796of reserves within 40 miles)
3014 Civilians (1,297 on base, 3,127 within 40 miles)
4,876 Military Retirees
13,812 Military Retired Family Members
Carlisle's population, based on 2022 census estimates is 22,203. The Harrisburg-Carlisle metro statistical area has a population of 591,712.
Active Duty Military
Carlisle Barracks is located in Cumberland County in South Central Pennsylvania, near the state capital of Harrisburg. Agriculture, tourism, industry, and services all play vital roles in the local economies. Harrisburg, and nearby Hershey, combine to form a nucleus of culture, education, healthcare, and government. Carlisle Barracks, is one of the oldest active military posts in the United States. The cost of living in Cumberland County compares favorably to those of the metropolitan areas and adjacent counties.
If you're traveling by air, Harrisburg International Airport serves the Cumberland Valley with more 120 flights daily and is just a thirty minute drive from Carlisle. For more information visit the airport's website.
From Harrisburg International Airport
Carlisle Barracks is adjacent to Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 18 miles west of Harrisburg, PA - 27 miles north of Gettysburg. The Army installation is located almost two miles west of the Carlisle interchange of the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-81.
Map your route to 870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle 17013 (open 24 hours/7 days)
NOTE: Do not map your route directly to an on-base address - you risk that your mapping system will direct you to make an unauthorized entry, with resulting police intervention and possible citation.
Carlisle Barracks is located approximately 18 miles west of Harrisburg, on US-11 and I-81. The main gate is the Claremont Gate, located at 875 Jim Thorpe Rd.
Map your route to 875 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle 17013 (open 24 hours/7 days)
DO Use '875 Jim Thorpe Road' ... and then follow signage on post to your destination.
From Harrisburg International Airport or via PA Turnpike (I76)
From North or South on I81
From DC area
No public transportation is provided on the installation.