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Colonels Command Assessment Program

Friday, July 10, 2020

What is it?

The Colonels Command Assessment Program (CCAP) is the U.S. Army’s new program to expand the Army’s understanding of the commissioned officer’s talents and assess their strategic potential and readiness for command.

This program will provide the Army with new, relevant information about each officer and the group of officers being considered in order to make more informed decisions.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

In January 2020, the Army held its first-ever Battalion Commander Assessment Program (BCAP) to select the next cohort of officers to command battalions and serve in key billet across the Army. The success of the BCAP and feedback from participants and panel members informed the Army’s decision to execute CCAP.

During the CCAP, officers will take a series of cognitive, non-cognitive, physical, verbal, and written assessments. They will also conduct an interview with a panel of senior Army general officers and a nominative command sergeant major. Officer CCAP performance scores, combined with an officer’s CSL board performance will determine the officer’s standing on the CSL order of merit list.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

Officers who opt into the FY22 Colonels Active Competitive Category Centralized Selection List will be invited to attend CCAP at Fort Knox in September.

  • Officers who choose not to attend or who do not receive an exemption will not be eligible for command or key billets in fiscal year 2022.
  • Officers who are determined ready for command will be selected as either a principal or alternate to serve as brigade commanders or fill key billets.
  • Officers found not ready for command at CCAP will be removed from consideration and, if eligible, may compete the following year.

Why is this important to the Army?

CCAP expands the Army’s understanding of each officer’s talents, assessing their strategic potential and readiness for command. Selection of officers for brigade command-level positions is one of the most important personnel decisions the Army makes. These officers are critical to the accomplishment of the Army’s mission and are the selection pool for the Army general officers that serve as strategic leaders.


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