Welcome to the National War College

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Congratulations on your selection to attend the National War College!

All incoming students should receive a welcome package from the National Defense University Registrar's office. Within that package each student will find a welcome letter with guidance on actions to take as they prepare to arrive at National War College.

Student Welcome Package Information - AY 20-21

In addition, incoming National War College students should review the NWC Welcome letter attached here as it contains arrival information specific to the National War College.

NWC School Specific Information - AY 20-21

It is important that all US Military and Civilian students read both of these letters as they contain action items to complete prior to arrival and provide a schedule for service specific meetings for arriving US Military service members.

NWC Student Catalog

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Please see Commandant's Welcome Letter, Dean of Student's Welcome Letter, and Spouses' Welcome letter via the links below: 

Check back as you make your way to Washington D.C. as updates will be posted here as well as links to training to accomplish prior to arrival, and, as we gather them, answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


Arrival, In-Processing and First Few Days

Please visit the NDU website for detailed information regarding the below briefings.  http://www.ndu.edu/Students/Incoming-Students/

Military students must report in Class B uniform (USA) or Service uniform (USAF, USN, USMC, and USCG) to National Defense University (NDU), Marshall Hall, Bldg. 62, Fort McNair for pre-brief and sign-in with their military service representative (MilRep). Students should bring a copy of their assignment orders, detaching evaluation/FITREP (USAF exempt), and leave form (including local moves). Students should report no earlier than 27 July 2020, and no later than 30 July 2020. Note: Military students returning from overseas assignments may be approved to report early pending coordination with NDU MilRep.  Prior to in-processing all medical and dental readiness must be up-to-date and fitness and health assessments must be current.

Attendance to one of the briefings is highly recommended:

  • Monday – July 27, 1000-1200 and 1400-1600, Marshall Hall, Bldg 62, Rm 155(A, B, & C)
  • Tuesday – July 28, 1000-1200 and 1400-1600, Marshall Hall, Bldg 62, Rm 155(A, B, & C)
  • Wednesday – July 29, 1000-1200 and 1400-1600, Marshall Hall, Bldg 62, Rm 155(A, B, & C)
  • Thursday – July 30, 1000-1200 and 1400-1600, Marshall Hall, Bldg 62, Rm 155(A, B, & C)

We encourage civilian students attending our 10-month academic programs at Fort McNair to come to campus on at the beginning of one of the meetings above to get assistance with any issues you have encountered with our pre-arrival requirements. Spending just an hour or two on campus will help ensure you are well-provisioned and ready to go on your first day.  Dress code for the optional visit is casual attire.

These briefings are important to start long lead items for your academic year and every student should attend. Contact your service/agency representative for more information.

Additional information:

  • All report to the National War College (NWC) on 3 August 2020 at 0730.  NWC is located on Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. in Roosevelt Hall (Building 61).
  • Parking is available in the south side lot between Eisenhower Hall and NWC. Parking is also available on most of the surrounding streets. Parking spaces in front of the building and in the alley way adjacent to the tunnel in front of the building are reserved for faculty.
  • Access into Roosevelt Hall is controlled for all doors of the building.  You will be issued an NDU Badge which will give you access to the building soon after you arrive.  If you are visiting prior to the mandatory reporting date, you will need to work with your host to enter and exit. For the first few days of class, prior to the issue of your NDU badges, the doors will not be secured and you will be able to enter and exit.
  • Each student will have access to CAC enabled NDU computers which will allow for the completion of official digitally signed required documents and other administrative tasks.
  • Group in-processing is scheduled on 3 August at 1215 in the Atrium of Bldg 62, Marshall Hall, Fort McNair.
  • For planning purposes the first week, you should expect to be in session from 0830-1630 each day, Monday - Friday.  There will be an evening reception on Friday August 7 from 1800-2000.  Attire for the reception is CLASS ALPHA and business/cocktail attire for civilian and spouses.

Pre-arrival Information

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All students are required to complete the Pre-Attendance Training:

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Blackboard Questions

National Defense University (NDU) uses Blackboard as its Learning Management System. All curriculum is delivered to the students across the university using Blackboard.

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Every student will have an account established prior to their arrival, and will be enrolled into a "Pre-attendance" course to guide them through some steps to accomplish some of the required training that is nice to accomplish prior to arrival.

Incoming students should check back here mid June for more guidance on how to obtain their user credentials for their initial log on. If you are having technical problems, email: nwcedtech@ndu.edu.

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NWC Alumni Association

The NWC Alumni Association (NWCAA) is an independent 501 (c)(3) charitable, educational organization with 30% of the College’s more than 10,000 graduates as life and annual members.  The National War College Alumni Association is a non-federal entity.  It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no Government Status

The Association provides funding for a variety of student social, athletic, and liaison activities.

Welcome Letter from the NWC Alumni Association