Improvements to the Officer Selection Process
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Centralized selection boards are conducted by the Department of the Army to select officers for promotion, command, school and retention. These boards operate under principles designed to maximize fairness and impartiality. The upcoming personnel reductions, the growth of inflation in the Officer Evaluation Reporting system, and hints of a loss of confidence in the system make a reevaluation of board procedures necessary. six recommendations are outlined to improve board efficiency and reduce distractors to the process. These include 1 revise the information provided on the board officer record brief 2 change the regulations governing official photographs 3 improve automation support 4 reduce the population being considered to those who are competitive 5 increase the authority of the board to accomplish multiple functions and 6 review files in branch or skill groupings to improve evaluation of potential across the spectrum of differing career tracks. The paper does not offer step-by-step solutions, but attempts to open the dialogue on change.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations