Welcome Warrior Class of 2025!

Congratulations on your selection to attend the National War College.

You are embarking on what many say was one of the best years of their career.  Getting you started on the right foot is our priority. For many of you, this may be your first experience with a Department of Defense (DoD) school. Additionally, we know that some of you are moving here from outside the Washington D.C. area to include outside of the country. In-processing can be confusing and stressful, so we want to help simplify things.

NWC is an in-resident (in-person) school. Part of the NWC experience is the face-to-face interaction that you will have with your classmates.  This is where National and Institutional cultures meet.   You will learn about other’s countries and/or other’s institutional cultures.  Here at NWC, you will build relationships that will last a lifetime. 

  • Note: This page will be updated as the AY25 academic year approaches.


Instructions for Incoming Students

  • Incoming Students to NDU programs in AY25 will be sent a welcome message from NDU Connect to the email address that you provide in your application or that was provided to NDU by your NWC service or agency representative.
  • Upon receipt of the welcome message, please follow the link and instructions in the email to set your password and access the NDU Connect Student Portal.
  • Instructions for navigation the NDU Connect Student Portal and other important onboarding instructions are provided at the link below.

Instructions for Incoming Students


Welcome Letters

  • Click the provided links below for the labeled welcome letters.

Commandant's Welcome Letter

Spouse Welcome Letter

Dean of Students Welcome Letter


Additional Information

Academic Year (AY) 2025 – Key Dates

  • The AY25 Academic Key Dates includes holidays and important events.​
  • AY25 Key Dates
    • 29 JUL 2 AUG 24: Pre-Orientation Week
    • 5 AUG 24: Report Date to the National War College
    • 5 AUG 9 AUG 24: Orientation Week
    • 9 AUG 24: No-Host Committee Social (Spouses Invited)
    • 12 AUG 24: Classes Begin
    • 23 DEC 24 3 JAN 25: Holiday Break
    • 6 JUN 25: Student Awards Ceremony
    • 12 JUN 25: Graduation

AY25 Student Handbook  Coming Soon

  • The AY25 Student handbook is being updated and will be posted before the AY25 academic year commences.
  • Please look through the AY24 Student handbook (link below) to help familiarize you with student and academic life at the college.

AY24 NWC Student Handbook

AY25 Military and Agency/Department Chairs 

  • Most of you have representatives or liaison officers as faculty here at the college. They serve as your main points of contact for administration and career issues. They will work with your headquarters to assist you with in-processing and administration. 
  • Your respective representative or liaison officer will contact you upon your selection.
  • Current Representatives and Liaisons
    • USMC – Col Lee Rush                                lee.m.rush.mil@ndu.edu
    • USN – CAPT Todd Glasser                       todd.s.glasser.mil@ndu.edu 
    • USA – COL Eric Bjorklund                         eric.r.bjorklund.mil@ndu.edu
    • USAF – Col Heather Fox                            heather.a.fox.mil@ndu.edu
      • Col Erik Fisher                                 erik.s.fisher.mil@ndu.edu 
    • ANG/ARNG – Col Brian Finnerty            brian.j.finnerty.mil@ndu.edu
    • USCG – CAPT Jason Smith                      jason.s.smith.mil@ndu.edu
    • CJCS – COL Steve Barry                           steven.t.barry.mil@ndu.edu
    • DHS – Mr. Pete Neville                                peter.j.neville.civ@ndu.edu
    • DIA – Mr. Ray Colston                                 raymond.m.colston.civ@ndu.edu
    • CIA – Mr. Garrett Duarte                              garrett.b.duarte.civ@ndu.edu
    • NGA – Mr. Sean Cumming                         sean.l.cumming.civ@ndu.edu
    • USAID – Mr. Peter Malnak                    peter.a.malnak.civ@ndu.edu
    • DOS – Ambassador Dennis Hearne      dennis.w.hearne.civ@ndu.edu
    • DOD/DSLDP – CAPT Brosnan             timothy.m.brosnan.mil@ndu.edu
    • NSA – Mr. Dave Husler                                david.g.husler.civ@ndu.edu
    • DOE – Mr. Norb Doyle                                  norbert.s.doyle.civ@ndu.edu
    • DOJ – Mr. Paul Vaky                                     paul.s.vaky.civ@ndu.edu
    • TREAS – Mr. Glenn Baek                           glenn.y.baek.civ@ndu.edu
    • All Others – CAPT Tim Brosnan          timothy.m.brosnan.mil@ndu.edu

NWC Name Tag Request Form – Students & Spouses

  • Click the provided links below to access the Name Tag Request Form

Name Tag Request

NWC Uniform and Dress 

  • NWC is a professional school and as such we wear business attire.
  • For the first two weeks, US and International Military officers wear military uniform (Class B/Short sleeve); this allows students to learn the uniforms of the various military services and who is in which service. 
  • Starting week three military students can switch to business attire.    


  • Government furnished computers (PCs or Laptops) are NOT provided.
  • Bring your own device to school or secure one from your agency. 
  • CAC readers are necessary. 
  • Applications may also be used on your mobile devices.   

Common Access Card (CAC)

Defense Travel Services (DTS)

  • International travel is an essential part of the NWC Curriculum; all travel will be executed using Department of Defense orders published in the DTS.
  • All DOD students must ensure your traveler profile is released by your current organization in DTS before your departure from your last/parent organization before arriving at the National War College.
  • National Guard students on a Title 32 school order must be in a Title 10 status for OCONUS travel 

Government Travel Credit Card (GTCC)

  • Each US student must have a DOD Government Travel Credit Card for travel expenses during NWC’s practicum travel.
  • If you are a non-DoD civilian, you need to obtain a DoD GTCC. 
    • Please check the following link for information on obtaining a CAC card: Civilian Students (ndu.edu) 
      • Forms will also be provided during in-processing with NDU but we recommend getting one before day one. 


  • Fort McNair does not have childcare facilities. 
  • We are a family-oriented institution, but do not have the resources to provide childcare services.
  • For military, please check with other local installations.
  • For civilians, there are numerous options throughout the local communities.


NWC Spouse Information

NWC Spouse Information Form

  • Click the provided links below to access the NWC Spouse Information Form

Spouse Information Form

AY25 Spouse Orientation – Briefs

  • A Spouses Orientation brief will be presented at a to be determined time and date.

NWC Logo

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.
Click for NWC Alumni Association Welcome Letter