The U.S. Army has chosen Fort Knox to host one of its new talent management initiatives, which will bring about 800 Army officers on post early next year to be evaluated for battalion-level command positions.

The new program, called the Battalion Comm­ander Assessment Program, uses a five-day series of scientifically valid physical, cognitive and noncognitive assessments aimed at determining and ranking each lieutenant colonel’s fitness for command and potential. During the assessment program in January and February, participants test on written and verbal communication, interview with behavioral psychologists and take part in panel interviews with senior Army officers.

About 150 Army leaders and cadre will travel to Fort Knox to support the program and administer evaluations.

Maj. Gen. John Evans Jr., commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, said the post was an ideal location for the program.

“As the home of U.S. Army Cadet Command and U.S. Army Human Resources Command, I can think of no better place than Fort Knox to host this program each year,” Evans said in a news release. “It’s literally our daily business here to produce future Army leaders and select existing leaders for the right command positions.”

The Battalion Comm­and­er Assessment Pro­gram will amass granular talent assessment data, providing a much deeper analysis of leadership qualities than the Army traditionally has used to make selection decisions. The resulting data will provide an order of merit HRC will use to determine the best primary and alternate selections for targeted command and key staff positions. Past performance and achievements will continue to play an important role in the process, the Army statement said.

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