WOTR: Battalion Commanders Are The Seed Corn of the Army


We're often asked why the Army has created the Battalion Commander Assessment Program, or BCAP. The short answer is 30 percent, the number 8, and from worst to first.

But figures are meaningless without context, so let us provide some.
Read the full article at War on the Rocks.

Image: U.S. Army (Photos by Spc. Derek Mustard and Capt. Terry Williams)

Building the Team: Creating Time and Space for Leader Development in Organizations

U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Henry Villarama

This article provides some steps on how to discuss leader development of junior officers in your organization and offers techniques for establishing a leader development program that meets the needs of your organization. It is paramount to solicit feedback from junior leaders in your organization, to vary the programming you provide, and to provide direction and structure for a successful program. This is a synthesis of what we experienced and how we approached the establishment of a leader development program in the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry "Iron Rangers" of the 1st Infantry Division from 2016-2018. It is clear from our experience that every organization needs a deliberate leader development program. Development has to be a deliberate event that incorporates feedback from those individuals in the program.

This article is written by MAJ Jared Nichols.
Read the full article in the 2019 Summer issue of Infantry Magazine.

MAJ Josh Powers Addresses Army Leaders at ALx Event

Picture of MAJ Josh Powers at ALx Event

MAJ Josh Powers addressed Army leaders at an Army Leader Exchange (ALx) event in the Arnold Conference Room, Lewis and Clark Center, on 15 August 2019. During MAJ Powers' presentation "Self-Development through Extended Influence", he shared his Leadership Philosophy and his experience as a Field Grade Leader that inspired him to start "The Field Grade Leader." During his presentation he used social media as a tool to show how technology can be incorporated into leader development, self-development and a tool to educate yourself and contribute to the Army Profession.

His presentation can be viewed on the Army Leader Exchange (ALx) Facebook Page

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"Field Grade Leader" Coming to Fort Leavenworth on 15 August 2019

"Field Grade Leader" coming to Fort Leavenworth on 15 August 2019

Major Josh Powers is an Infantry officer who currently serves as the Northeast Asia Plans Chief for United States Army Pacific.

Previous to this assignment, MAJ Powers has served in command and staff positions at all levels including platoon leader, company commander, battalion operations officer, battalion executive officer, brigade operations officer, and corps future operations planner. His combat service includes Operations Iraqi Freedom V (2005), the Iraq Surge (2007), and the Afghan Surge (2010).

Josh graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2004, receiving a bachelor's degree in history. Josh also graduated from the School of Advanced Military Studies in 2017 where he received a master's degree in Military Art and Science.

Josh is the founder of The Field Grade Leader, a blog focused on organizational leadership in the military.

His presentation can be viewed on the Army Leader Exchange (ALx) Facebook Page

GEN (R) Daniel B. Allyn Addresses CGSC Class of 2019 at ALx Event

Picture of GEN (R) Daniel B. Allyn at ALx Event

GEN (R) Daniel B. Allyn addresses CGSC Class of 2019 at an Army Leader Exchange (ALx) event in Eisenhower Auditorium, Lewis and Clark Center, on 14 May 2019. During GEN Allyn's presentation "Leading to Success - One Soldier's Perspective", he shared his Leadership Philosophy and what he deemed to be the primary roles and characteristics of a good leader. During Q&A, when asked for suggested leadership readings, he recommends John C. Maxwell's "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" and Nathaniel Philbrick's "Valiant Ambition".

His presentation can be viewed on the Army Leader Exchange (ALx) Facebook Page