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Graduate Record Exam during Captains Career Course

Friday, July 26, 2019

What is it?

New Army policy requires officers enrolled in the Captains Career Courses (CCC) to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), a computer-administered test used by many graduate programs to assess potential applicants. Officers applying to the Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program must include their GRE scores in their ACS nomination packet.

The Captains Career Course is intended for U.S. Army captains with at least three years of service. The course provides them with the tactical, technical, and leader knowledge and skills needed to lead company-size units and serve on battalion and brigade staffs. The course facilitates lifelong learning through an emphasis on self-development.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The new requirement for the officers to take the GRE during the Captains Career Courses is part of the Army’s talent management approach to acquire, develop, employ, and retain officers who meet current and future Army talent demands.

The GRE requirement for officers enrolled in the CCC course is the first step to:

  • Establish a robust culture of assessments across the Army.
  • Gather more information about the talent of the officer corps.
  • Ensure the Army is making the best investment decisions for future readiness.

The Army will use the results of the GRE to make more informed decisions with regards to competitive advanced education programs. The Army is fully funding the cost for each student to take the GRE.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army is building a regimen of assessments throughout an officer’s career that will guide more informed promotion, selection, and assignment decisions to maximize the development and employment of human capital throughout the Army.

Why is this important to the Army?

Talent assessments, such as the GRE, will inform junior officers as they develop their knowledge, skills, behaviors, and preferences to become successful field grade officers. Further, assessments throughout an officer’s career are designed to help officers understand their strengths and weaknesses to make better informed decisions about their future.


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