Armed Forces News

From now on, Army officers will be selected for battalion-commander positions based on more stringent criteria. Gen. James McConville, the Army chief of staff, announced that the service now will use a Battalion Commander Assessment Program (BCAP) to determine the fitness of lieutenant colonels to serve as battalion commanders. The process would involve “physical, cognitive and non-cognitive assessments,” written and oral tests, and interviews with both behavioral psychologists and senior officers, the Army said in a Nov. 6 announcement. McConville told an audience during the recent Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting that should the new selection process prove worthwhile, similar changes could be made to the selection processes for sergeants major and brigade-level commanders.