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Odierno To Top Leaders: Expect Tougher Evals

Army Chief of Staff discusses leader development of the force to ensure we have the right leaders and the right development opportunities to steward the profession. He spoke about upcoming changes: a 360 Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback implanted in fall 2013 for all Battalion and Brigade commanders and a similar evaluation for General Officers. These tools along with command climate surveys and sensing sessions will help identify toxic leaders in the ranks.

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Fixing Critical Thinking within the Professional Military Ethic

The Army is concerned about the critical thinking skills of its officer corps. There is a program in place to fix this problem in PME at the mid career level. The author argues that this training should begin at the undergraduate level and courses in U.S. history, western civilization, geography, and international relations be made a graduation requirement for all future officers.

Read More: To fix critical thinking within PME start at the ground floor with the basic stuff