In January, the Army held the first-ever Battalion Commander Assessment Program (BCAP), representing a fundamental shift in how officers are selected for battalion command, one of the Army’s most consequential leadership positions.
The BCAP significantly changed the way the Army selects officers for command and key billets. The Army used this program to select the 436 officers who will serve as battalion commanders and in key lieutenant colonel staff billets. BCAP represents a historic shift in how the Army selects officers for battalion command.
- It is the largest leader assessment and selection program in the history of the Army.
- It is the largest gathering of operational-psychologist support to a leader assessment and selection program.
- It encompasses the largest amount of data gathered about a group of officers.
The officers identified through the BCAP represent officers who demonstrate high cognitive ability and are more physically fit, better communicators and exhibit productive leadership traits. This year, in addition to continuing the BCAP, the Army is holding the first Colonels Command Assessment Program (CCAP), to select the very best from among our top lieutenant colonels and colonels – those who demonstrate readiness for command and possess strategic potential – to be the Army’s future brigade commanders and fill key general staff positions.