How the Army chooses its leaders

How the Army chooses its leaders

The Army has always expected leaders to be all they can be. Yet, when a 2010 survey of US Army soldiers revealed a trend toward toxic leadership, the military organization revamped its promotion process. Here’s how the army chooses its leaders…

Prior to the changes in their promotion process, the Army narrowed down available candidates to ones of the correct rank and skill set, then consulted a simple scoring system in each candidate’s file to find the top 20% of candidates. This system was leaving out a lot.
Today, the Army uses a much more sophisticated method for choosing officers to promote. Diverse panels are assembled to oversee the competitive process, and panel members are given in-depth anti-bias training.
Candidates, for their part, are trained on how to interview so they have a fighting chance. The evaluation process takes four days and covers everything from creativity to communication skills to a propensity for ethical leadership.
It’s all part of what’s called the Battalion Commander Assessment Program (BPAC). And while much of this system was taken from the private sector, companies can in turn learn from the Army’s system.
As a recruiter for 20 years, I respect the importance of reviewing hiring process occasionally. When we get too comfortable with our status quo, we miss out on certain potential.


By Michael Barros, Managing Partner Prestige Scientific

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