Character and Competence: Assessing Army Strategic Leaders

  • Colonel Jeremy B. Miller

The purpose of this study is to examine how the United States Army assesses strategic leaders and offer possible solutions to improve the current assessment methodology. This research first reviews the emerging strategic environment and current military doctrine to determine the most critical leader attributes needed to succeed in the ever-changing strategic environment. Next, this study reviews the Army’s officer assessment process and identifies limitations that prevent the Army from achieving its desired officer developmental outcomes. Finally, this study provides four recommended solutions to assist the Army in more effectively assessing officers for service, promotion, and command.